Spotlight on interns

Every summer, Upsher-Smith is home to many college and graduate school interns. We were lucky to have 15 interns in 2018.

From assisting engineers 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!

 

  Drew Anderson – Portfolio & Project Mgmt Office (PPMO)

Read DREW’S Biography

Hometown:
Rochester, Minn.

College:
Augsburg University

Major:
Finance & Marketing

Year in school:
Graduated

What was your role within the department team?
To collect, analyze and prepare data for upper management.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I’ve always had an interest in the life sciences and wanted to gain experience in the field. I’ve also heard very positive reviews about the company and the people.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Besides the vending machine lunches? The employees here really care about interns and take time to mentor them. Interns receive actual projects and work.

 

  Jared Anderson – Engineering

Read JARED’s Biography

Hometown:
Savage, Minn.

College:
University of St. Thomas

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
I worked to help increase the efficiency of packaging and manufacturing lines. Some of my tasks included reviewing drawings for compression tooling on the tablet presses, and using modeling software to help design new parts and equipment.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
Because of my interest in the engineering side of the medical industry. I wanted a place where I could apply what I’ve learned and do some real-life problem solving.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The people, who helped give me a great experience. Everyone was kind and always willing to answer my questions. They gave me exposure to the many different kinds of engineering applications and offered me great advice for the future.

 

  Quadri Bayo – Client Solutions

Read QUADRI’s Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minn.

College:
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Major:
Computer Science

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
I worked on four projects involving Microsoft systems and tools.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
Upsher-Smith has a different setting compared with the previous places I had worked. It’s a smaller company, so I liked to think that my contributions would be notable and that I would have the chance to learn a lot. But most importantly, I wanted to be a part of a company that had a vision of improving the health and lives of patients.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Everything about Upsher-Smith is excellent, especially my manager, my team, and the entire IT department. Also, because of the projects I worked on, I was able to communicate and form relationships with employees from other different departments, including leadership.

 

  Connor Ehret – Production

Read CONNOR’s Biography

Hometown:
Minnetonka, Minn.

College:
Iowa State University

Major:
Industrial Engineering

Year in school:
Graduated

What was your role within the department team?
I worked on improving processes.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I wanted to be part of the medical / pharmaceutical industry; I found this opportunity and went for it!

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The people.

 

  Marcus Hammerseng – Operations Training

Read MARCUS’ Biography

Hometown:
Buffalo, Minn.

College:
St. Cloud State University

Major:
Marketing

Year in school:
Graduated in 2001

What was your role within the department team?
I produced training for Upsher-Smith employees with a focus on e-learning modules.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
It is a great company in a growing industry that offers many opportunities.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
So many great people and so many opportunities for growth!

 

  Maxon Hutton – Corporate Sales

Read MAXON’s Biography

Hometown:
Victoria, Minn.

College:
Concordia University

Major:
Business Management

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
I called on practitioners to help support them with an Upsher-Smith product that helps treat patients with migraine headaches or seizure disorders.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I had heard great things about the company; also it offered an opportunity for me to get into my future career of medical sales.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The atmosphere and the people. Everyone has been fun, nice and helpful, which created a great experience for me!

  Jason Leadley – Regulatory Affairs

Read JASON’S Biography

Hometown:
Appleton, Wis.

College:
University of Minnesota

Major:
Sociology and Political Science

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
Mainly, my role was to help review and approve advertisements and promotional materials. I also researched social media marketing best practices in the pharma industry to help formulate a plan for the possible launch of a social media marketing campaign for our branded products.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
It is a highly regarded pharma company in the Twin Cities. Even though I had no prior experience in this industry, or regulatory affairs for that matter, I saw it as a great opportunity for exposure in an area that I was nevertheless interested in.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The work atmosphere. Everyone is so willing to help me grow in my career. Many people have taken time out of their busy days to sit down with me and share their own career stories. They are genuine and always there if I need something. What’s more is the company’s willingness to be flexible with my schedule.  The company was always accommodating whenever I needed to leave the office early for a class or some other matter.

 

  Gabrielle Marinick – Maintenance

Read GABRIELLE’S Biography

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

College:
University of Colorado Boulder

Major:
Not provided

Year in school:
Not provided

What was your role within the department team?
I mostly wrote preventative maintenance (PM) work orders and assisted with documentation. I did whatever was necessary, including organizing and ordering parts.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I was interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry. I also wanted to stay close to where I live (I worked out of the Denver location of Upsher-Smith).

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The people. I really liked all the people working here and being able to interact with them every day. Everyone here is a genuinely good person.

 

  Lauren Severson – Corporate Sales

Read LAUREN’S Biography

Hometown:
Eden Prairie, Minn.

College:
St. Catherine University

Major:
Communication Studies

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
To support the Inside Sales team.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
Upsher-Smith’s philosophy of putting patients first and its vision to improve the health and lives of patients resonates with me. Also, I had been interested in healthcare for a while, and Upsher-Smith seemed like the perfect fit to learn about the industry.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Being able to make a difference in the lives of others while being supported by a group of people who share that same value.

 

  Jong Shin – Technical Services

Read JONG’S Biography

Hometown:
Aurora, Colo.

College:
University of Colorado Denver

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
Helping out my team with daily tasks as well as big and small projects.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I wanted to learn more about the standards of the healthcare industry in a corporate setting.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
Everyone was super friendly; they helped me learn a lot while also being sociable at the same time.

 

  Neil Sreshta – Process Development

Read NEIL’S Biography

Hometown:
Jiaganj, India

College:
University of Connecticut

Major:
Not provided

Year in school:
Not provided

What was your role within the department team?
I supported the Process Development team.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
The company offered opportunities related to my research area.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The people, who were really nice and helpful. I also liked the supportive work environment.

 

  Taslima Siddiquea – Information Technology (IT)

Read TASLIMA’S Biography

Hometown:
Chittagong, Bangladesh

College:
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Major:
Management Information Systems

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
I worked on the IT Help Desk, developing a user-facing portal using SharePoint, a document management and collaboration platform. This portal serves as a 24-hour support for customers and a way to reach new customers.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
Because of my interest in the engineering side of the medical industry. I wanted a place where I could apply what I’ve learned and do some real-life problem solving.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The people, who helped give me a great experience. Everyone was kind and always willing to answer my questions. They gave me exposure to the many different kinds of engineering applications and offered me great advice for the future.

 

  Nick Wiens – Maintenance

Read NICK’S Biography

Hometown:
Orono, Minn.

College:
Iowa State University

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
My role was to optimize the performance and reliability of the tablet presses at the Upsher-Smith Plymouth facility. My process included creating, setting up and performing tests and experiments, as well as gathering data and developing solutions.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
Upsher-Smith was the perfect choice for me because the company is passionate about what I’m passionate about: helping people. I felt that the work I would perform in my role would be both important to the company and integral to my career development. Also, I liked the company size, and the location was close to where I grew up!

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The culture and the people! The people here are genuine and always willing to help with open arms.

 

  Josh Wink – Operational Excellence

Read JOSH’S Biography

Hometown:
Maple Grove, Minn.

College:
Iowa State University

Major:
Industrial Engineering

Year in school:
Senior

What was your role within the department team?
I handled a lot of different tasks: aiding Lean students with their projects and helping make projects more efficient.

Why did you choose Upsher-Smith?
I liked the fact that it’s a smaller company; also, the industry interested me.

What was your favorite part of working at Upsher-Smith?
The sense of community.