It is not hard to find an American in Stockholm. But factor in a native of Portland, Oregon, add in a university exchange program at Stockholm School of Economics and Rachel Dawson adds up to be a special intern. “While in the US, I attend Hamilton College in New York where I am concentrating in Public Policy. This major is a combination of Government and Economics, which is the reasoning behind why I decided to attend SSE”, Rachel explains.
A public policy major landing an internship with Global Pharma Consulting provides an excellent opportunity for continuing education. Rachel says, “classes for my major often focus on the political and economic analysis that is the foundation for policy decisions”. Given the backdrop of the current debate in the US about medical policy and the current state of affordable care and health insurance for citizens Rachel finds, “it is so interesting to intern for a Life Science consulting company where I am able to see the medical industry from the side of businesses rather than the government in a nation that has one of the largest welfare states in the world”.
That first-hand account includes learning about the daily workings of a consultancy and what the back end entails. Rachel was tasked with learning the billing system, diving into Global Pharma Consulting’s database, and communicating with potential Swedish Life Science businesses about exhibiting in The Innovation Pavilion by Sweden at Arab Health 2018 in Dubai next January. Other tasks have included editing promotional material. “I have also had the opportunity to attend meetings and seminars where I networked with medical industry professionals”, she notes.
“Before my internship at Global Pharma Consulting I knew very little about what a consultancy firm was or how businesses interacted in the medical industry”, Rachel confesses. “This experience has demonstrated to me what the Swedish workplace is like, as it is so very different than what I have experienced back in the US”, she adds. And if that insight alone was not enough Rachel gained even more.
Rachel says her time at Global Pharma Consulting, “has also facilitated becoming more comfortable with networking and speaking Swedish in a professional setting. Never had I considered working for a consulting firm before my time here”. But perhaps the most rewarding part of her internships is that it offered a whole new world for her. “With a degree in Policy, I was only considering a career in the public sphere, but this internship has opened up the private sector world to me”, she concludes. “I enjoyed the amount of interaction I’ve had with other business and clients”.