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From the lab into the office – at the interface between science and business

Jessica is studying life sciences in Münster and is currently doing an internship at Creavis, Evonik's strategic innovation unit.

I'm Jessica, and I am a master's student studying life sciences at Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany. It has always been clear to me that I wanted to work in the life sciences industry. However, while working towards my master's degree, I realized that I'm also interested in business management topics in addition to the natural sciences. With the help of an internship, I wanted to find out before my master's thesis if a job in an office environment, and with a business focus, is really something for me.  

While looking for an internship at the interface between science and business, I came across Evonik. At first, I was worried about how the application process would work and whether I would even get an internship due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But in fact, a position in project and innovation management was advertised and this combined everything that I was looking for.I applied directly and finally received an acceptance.   

Since January, I have been participating in a 6-month internship at Creavis, Evonik's strategic innovation unit. As part of the Business & Launch Management group, I have been able to support project managers in the commercialization of their innovation projects. When I began, I was particularly excited about the diversity of the innovation projects and my associated tasks. I continue to be involved in a lot of projects right from the start (‘always picked up form where I was’ does not make sense) where I am able to contribute my knowledge in biological topics, and at the same time, gain a comprehensive insight into business topics.  

I also noticed the open, creative, and diverse culture at Evonik right away. Despite the high proportion of working from home, I always have a contact person. There are also a lot of interaction with colleagues from different areas and with very diverse academic backgrounds. 

I have already learned a lot for the future, especially in the areas of time and self-management, communication, and adaptability. Above all, I am able to realize that I actually seemy life sciences career taking place more in an office environment instead of in the lab. I can only recommend an internship at Evonik to everyone, regardless of their academic background. I continue to learn so much, and I am now sure that I have found the right path for my professional future. Many thanks to Evonik for that!  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  

Best regards, 

Jessica

On the students@Evonik blog, students, who work at Evonik, share their experiences about life and work in the company.

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