Working at Bayer

Pharmaceutical internship and practical year for pharmacists

We offer students the opportunity to complete a voluntary internship and to spend the second half of their one-year compulsory internship (in accordance with Section 4 of the Ordinance on the Licensing of Pharmacists) at Bayer. At our company, you can gain a unique insight into research, development, manufacturing and quality control at a global leader in the life sciences sector and gather a great deal of valuable experience.

What we offer

You will essentially have access to all areas of our pharmaceutical business during your internship at Bayer – from research and development to analytics, production, regulatory affairs, market access and marketing. We are also happy to take your personal interests and strengths as a pharmacist into consideration during the internship. In your application, you can specify your preferred area of employment plus up to two alternatives. During the course of the internship, you will generally be working on a project independently, and at the end of your time with us, you will compile a report on the results of your work.

What you offer

Ideally, you have completed your first state examination with a good academic performance and are now looking to build upon your theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Some initial practical experience in the fields of research, development, manufacturing and quality control, as well as a basic knowledge of pharmaceutical legislation, would be advantageous. 
You are also an excellent team player with strong communication skills and the ability to work extremely flexibly. A strong working knowledge of common MS Office programs and very good German and English language skills are essential.


The Leverkusen site

Worldwide, Leverkusen is one of the principal sites for Bayer AG’s Pharmaceutical Division. Every year, Supply Center Leverkusen produces, packages and distributes approved medicinal products for the global market: 450 products and more than 1,500 different articles. These include popular medications such as Xarelto, Nexavar and Adempas. The number of tablets it produces alone – around 10 billion per year – is staggering.

Our mission is to manufacture medicines for the global market. The most important therapeutic areas for the pharmaceutical products produced in Supply Center Leverkusen are cardiovascular diseases, oncology, diabetes, antibiotics and hematology.

Pharmaceutical internship at Bayer Vital

As a sales and marketing company for Bayer, Bayer Vital GmbH markets the medicinal products of the Consumer Health and Pharmaceuticals divisions and the veterinary medicinal products of the Animal Health business unit in Germany. Bayer Vital offers around 10 pharmaceutical internships every year, giving you the opportunity to gain wide-ranging insights into various company units. During an internship, you can work in the Pharmacovigilance unit and focus on drug safety and drug approval, carry out your own project in regulatory affairs or quality management, or familiarize yourself with the medical departments. These medical departments might include the Scientific Affairs department, where you would busy yourself with creating, assessing and interpreting studies; the Medical Information department, where you would handle miscellaneous queries from customers, doctors and pharmacists; or the Medical Science Liaison department (MSL), in which you would support the MSL managers in their daily work alongside experts and at congresses. We also offer internships in various marketing and sales positions.

Online application

If you want to gain unique insights into the manufacture, filling and/or packaging of our products or into quality control at a global leader in the pharma sector during the course of your pharmaceutical internship, and to come away with a great deal of valuable experience, apply for a place at one of our many locations using the online application form.

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Personal experience

Versatile pharmacy internships at Bayer Vital

In their post on the career blog Carlotta, Sajra, Birk und Mara offer interesting insights about their practical year at Bayer Vital in pharmaceutical marketing, scientific affairs and medical liaisaon.

When theory meets practice – my experience at Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Jacqueline Schwarz was a pharmaceutical intern in Clinical Supply Management at Bayer AG in Berlin. Here she tells us about the wide array of tasks for which she was responsible, together with other valuable insights that she gained during her time there. Read her blog article here.

If you have any questions about the application process, have a look at our application guide or feel free to contact us.