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Every Year,
Upsher-Smith Goes Back to School

We’re looking for exceptional talent for summer internships across our organization. At other companies, interns make coffee – ours make a difference! Our interns earn real paychecks, working on real projects. As a part of a team, they’ll be assigned complicated and important tasks, with support and feedback from managers and team members, to ensure a fulfilling and rewarding internship experience.

Our summer internship recruitment process begins in January. Candidates should sign up for job alerts to be notified of future postings or visit our career site to view internship postings beginning in January.

Andy L.

“Interning at Upsher-Smith gave me the opportunity to utilize my software development skills outside of the classroom. I was fortunate to be part of an exceptional team with mentors who helped guide me towards success in my internship role. Furthermore, having a well-experienced developer as my mentor gave me the chance to learn new technologies and provided me exceptional growth as a software developer. Being able to transition from an internship role into a full-time position was one of my most rewarding experiences. The people and work environment at Upsher-Smith are amazing and I am happy to be here!”

– Andy Lam, Software Engineer

Spotlight on Interns

Every summer, Upsher-Smith is home to many college and graduate school interns. From assisting chemists, to publishing training tools and discovering new sales opportunities, our interns tackled hands-on projects from day one. Read more about some of our interns in the profiles below. If you're interested in becoming a future intern, we typically begin the recruiting process in early January. Create a job alert on our careers page https://jobs.upsher-smith.com to get notified about next year’s opportunities!

Alex Schwamm

Alex Schwamm

Corporate Sales Intern

Hometown:
Minnetonka, MN

University:
University of Minnesota-Duluth

Major:
Professional Sales, Marketing

Year in School:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
To drive business with healthcare providers and equip them with medications that can improve the lives of their patients.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
I felt Upsher-Smith's values aligned with my own. The company is about being of service to customers, making the pharmaceutical industry a better space, helping those in need, and providing excellent service. Its corporate culture is very connected, where I felt like a part of a team rather than an employee number.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Working with an experienced sales team and being able to learn from them about how they build relationships and support customers.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
How to work on a professional team, and how to sell a product and service at an extremely elevated level. I felt a huge boost of confidence in my sales skills and my networking abilities.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Be driven, flexible, and responsible.

Brian Gonzalez Melgar

Brian Gonzalez Melgar

Metrology Intern

Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN

University:
Dunwoody College of Technology

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in School:
Going into my 4th year

What was your role within the department team?
I worked on an equipment manual transfer project, while shadowing coworkers on machine maintenance and calibration.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
What interested me in the position was that I would be able to do machine calibrations and maintenance.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Being able to work with many different people and get an understanding of what they did on a day-to-day basis. The experience showed me the many different and unique opportunities that Upsher-Smith has to offer.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
Getting to know the procedures that are utilized while performing maintenance and calibrations on machinery that is used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Minnesota has a lot of medical businesses; take advantage of this opportunity to work for one of them.

Jessica Bonine

Jessica Bonine

Brand Marketing Intern

Hometown:
Plymouth, MN

University:
Iowa State University

Major:
Marketing

Year in School:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
To perform in-depth market research for medications to treat central nervous system disorders. I also reviewed different promotional materials and learned the process for creating brochures, especially quick start guides.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
I have always been interested in the pharmaceutical industry. During my first year of college, I majored in Biology, but later switched to business. I was able to use my biology background and my current studies to learn about the pharmaceutical world.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Seeing how my research/work was used within the company. Also, hearing from multiple people in the company how helpful my research was.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
The chance to meet all the wonderful, helpful people at Upsher-Smith, as well as getting a better understanding of my interests, so I can find my way in the marketing world as a graduate.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Here is your chance to see how a pharma business works.

Garrett Hanson

Garrett Hanson

Manufacturing Plant Engineering Intern

Hometown:
Greenfield, MN

University:
St. Cloud State University

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in School:
Completed 2 years of college, although I graduated high school in the class of 2021.

What was your role within the department team?
To assist engineers with projects large and small.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
I am interested in manufacturing as well as mechanical engineering, so when my dad told me about this specific position, I thought I would give it a shot, since the skills required seemed right up my alley.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Increasing my existing skills and learning new ones, while doing work that feels meaningful and developing relationships.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
Working effectively with other people is just as important as being able to do the tasks associated with your job.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Come ready to learn and work hard. The harder you are willing to work, the more you will learn.

Vijayaditya Penmetsa

Vijayaditya Penmetsa

Corporate Engineering Intern

Hometown:
Visakhapatnam, India

University:
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in School:
Masters 1st year

What was your role within the department team?
To help the corporate engineers in a variety of tasks.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
I was looking for a company that offered both manufacturing and biomedical engineering opportunities. Plus, the role perfectly matched with my future goals and interests.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Being part of the new building expansion project.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
I learned a lot about how a company works and all its different priorities and protocols.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Learn as much as you can once you get here, as the engineers are extremely helpful and incredibly talented. Feel free to ask them any type of question; they are always ready to help.

Sulaimon Yussuf

Sulaimon Yussuf

IT Intern

Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria

University:
Southwest Minnesota State University

Major:
Computer Science

Year in School:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
To support IT on several projects.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
My to-be managers made me feel welcome during the interview process by communicating with me professionally and respectfully.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Working with my team, because they were always willing to drop what they were doing to help me. The most rewarding part was getting to work in a fast-paced environment and giving me some exposure to life after college, so I could better prepare myself for what awaits.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
The new connections I gained and the greater sense of professionalism.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Take your time to interact with people in the company; learn a little about what the company does and stands for. Always try to learn one or two new things every day.

Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller

Corporate Sales Intern

Hometown:
Maple Grove, MN

University:
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Major:
Business Marketing

Year in School:
Junior

What was your role within the department team?
To call on some of the open sales territories around the country and provide them with information and support for our products.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
My passion to help others and make a difference, as well as my love of making connections.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The opportunity to connect with healthcare providers and help them understand the benefits of a medication. When the information clicks for them, it is a good feeling for me, because I know helping providers means helping patients.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
Sales is about being tough and having the guts to keep pushing and building relationships. Even if you get knocked down, you need to get back up and try again.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Have an open mind and be willing to learn. The sales team here is awesome and they are willing to help you succeed, but you need to be ready to work and seek advice and coaching.

Pooja Gumudavelli

Pooja Gumudavelli

Generic Product Marketing Intern

Hometown:
Kendall Park, NJ

University:
St. John’s University

Major:
PharmD

Year in School:
4th year, P2

What was your role within the department team?
To work in product marketing.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
Upsher-Smith stood out as a unique opportunity to give me visibility to both the business and marketing sides of a company.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Undoubtedly the connections and network I was able to build.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
Gaining insight into the business side of the pharma industry.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Give the internship your most, and you will get the most out of it.

Aaron Torborg

Aaron Torborg

Generic Product Marketing Intern

Hometown:
Chanhassen, MN

University:
University of St. Thomas

Major:
Marketing

Year in School:
4th Year

What was your role within the department team?
Aid in marketing research and other analytical projects.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
My parents are both pharmacists; Upsher-Smith gave me a wonderful opportunity to further explore the pharmaceutical world.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Helping conduct market research about central nervous system disorders.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
Gaining a greater understanding of the process of creating products and developing go-to market plans.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
Take special note of how the pharmaceutical industry conducts its marketing. Though there are limitations, there are also opportunities for creativity.

Efrata Feleke

Efrata Feleke

Generics Marketing Intern

Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN

University:
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Major:
Biology

Year in School:
4th Year

What was your role within the department team?
To help with product marketing.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith for your summer internship and what interested you in the position?
I liked how Upsher-Smith is a unique company that strives to better the lives of patients. I also valued that, as a smaller company, the people at Upsher-Smith establish meaningful relationships.

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Learning about the gaps in health care regarding medications and how they affect patients; meeting with pharmacists; and learning the day-to-day work life of my team.

What was the biggest take away for you from this experience?
The importance of listening to patients’ perspectives, to better understand what changes might be made to better serve their needs.

What advice would you share with other students who are interested in the internship program at Upsher-Smith?
I felt appreciated and that my thoughts were valued. Also, it is a good feeling to know that my research and findings will continue to help the company into the future.

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