Place to like
Yvonne Klemann earned her bachelor’s degree in nonprofit, social, and health care management at Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) because she was fascinated by “the interconnections between traditional business, social action, and an innovative future.” It’s no surprise that her path soon led her to the innovative pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, where she is completing an internship as part of her master’s degree studies. She spoke to us at the blog about her first day, her responsibilities, and how her workplace quickly became a home.
Yvonne, what do you do at Boehringer Ingelheim now?
I currently work in COPD & Asthma Marketing Germany. My main responsibilities include relaunching the patient website copd-aktuell.de and developing the “Lust auf Lunge” campaign to encourage young doctors to specialize in pulmonology. As you can imagine, I perform a variety of tasks and face totally different challenges in each project. That’s the allure for me. I work with younger people, medical students, and older ones, COPD sufferers, and thus deal with the wishes and expectations of both patients and future doctors. All this makes both projects so exciting!
How did you end up at Boehringer Ingelheim?
I am working on my master’s degree in European health care management, and I always wanted to work at Boehringer Ingelheim, even before I began my master’s. I’ve always been interested in the interaction between health care, particularly innovative medications, and the business world, hence my attraction to research-driven pharmaceutical companies. I, myself, am driven by a desire to use beneficial new products to help patients, reduce their suffering, and even heal them. I earned my bachelor’s degree in nonprofit, social, and health care management at MCI because I was fascinated by the interconnections between traditional business, social action, and an innovative future. I think this combination opens up new perspectives and clears a path for pursuing a wide variety of challenging careers around the world.
What elements were important to you when deciding where to do your internship?
When I was researching my options, I found this internship on the BI careers site, and I was immediately drawn to it. Marketing fully reflects my own interests, since it draws not only on creativity and communication but also on business and health care. I also like that I would be able to gain lots of experience in different areas.
Do you remember what your first day was like?
My first day was wonderful; everyone was so nice. My supervisor met me at the gate, showed me to my new desk, and introduced me to the team right away. I felt so welcome right away - just like part of the team. Everyone took time out for me, and I was able to make constructive contributions from the start.
What do you like about the work you do?
I love working here because there are so many different things going on. Each day brings new challenges to discuss and solve with different colleagues. I never get bored because the tasks I work on are so complex.
Is there anything about Boehringer Ingelheim as a company that you particularly appreciate?
Boehringer Ingelheim has a great workforce. I have met some wonderful and unique people here, for which I am really thankful. I also appreciate the range of activities Boehringer Ingelheim offers its staff, from fitness and continuing education to seminars. I was a member of a sports group and participated at a weekend seminar led by external coaches. The internal events like Value through Innovation Day are also fantastic. That’s why Boehringer Ingelheim is more than just a place to work for me. I also see it as a place to thrive.
What’s the day-to-day like at BI?
I’m thankful for the friendly, helpful cooperation I experience every day at work. Even the higher-ups take time out to talk to me or answer questions, although everyone has a tight schedule.
Can you tell us about any funny incidents or particularly lovely moments during your internship?
We have had some funny moments during team meetings and also at external events like conventions and team building events. One especially funny evening was the “Dr. Watson Investigates” event held for medical students as part of the campaign encouraging them to specialize in pulmonology. The speaker passed on his knowledge in an unbelievably fascinating and humorous way, making the evening a really memorable experience.
What will you take with you when your internship is over?
So many things! I’ve been playing around with some ideas of where I’d like to go with my career and expanded my network. I’m thankful to Boehringer Ingelheim for the wonderful experience I’ve had here.
Why would you recommend doing an internship at Boehringer Ingelheim?
I’d recommend it because there is a special sort of character and charm to an international corporation. The size, structure, and offerings are difficult to find anywhere else. Boehringer Ingelheim’s company values are actually practiced and not just written down in guidelines. In addition, Boehringer Ingelheim’s research contributes greatly to innovations in the health care market. I am proud and happy to have played even a tiny little role in that.
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