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Michael Simic

Michael Simic

Terry College of Business: December 2012

Pharmaceutical Sales Intern at Eli Lilly and Company

In the current job market, it is necessary to have something that sets you apart from your competition in order to stand out. This may be strong leadership skills, a strong resume, or a combination of the two, among other things. A student must be able to walk into their first day on the job ready to apply what they have learned for the past four to five years, along with the training from the company. An internship is a great way to differentiate your resume to improve your chances of getting a full time offer after graduation.

During my fourth year, I attended the Career Fair at the Classic Center, where I had an opportunity to meet and network with multiple companies, many within the industry I hoped to work in. I began speaking with Eli Lilly and Company and was asked to come back for the first round of interviews. In order to prepare, I went to the Career Center to have my resume critiqued and did multiple mock interviews. By the time of my first interview, I felt more prepared than I had ever imagined. I advanced onto the second round, and spent more time at the Career Center doing mock interviews. I ended up receiving the internship, and I credit the help and encouragement of the Career Center staff for preparing me.

Spending my summer as a pharmaceutical sales intern with Eli Lilly and Company proved to be one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling experiences of my academic career. I was able to exhibit my sales skills and marketing knowledge learned here at UGA in the field, and the internship showed me what I wanted to do in life.