Parinthorn ‘Palm’ Larnroongroj, a summer financial analyst intern for PPD, shares his reflections about the 10-week experience within PPD’s internship program. Working as part of the operations finance department, Palm shares his insight into PPD’s welcoming, fast-paced culture.
Interning at PPD was unlike anything I had imagined. Upon arriving from North Carolina State University to PPD’s global headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, I was anxious to find out what my day-to-day responsibilities would be. Now, as I conclude the program, I am happy to share that no two days are alike.
Entering one of the world’s leading contract research organizations (CROs) with limited experience was, in a word, intimidating. While I was confident in my skills as an industrial engineer, knowing the other finance interns were majoring in finance, accounting, or economics, which are more aligned with the analyst role, did little to reassure me. Now, having just participated in the internship program’s final presentations, I see that each member of my intern group brought unique skills to our roles, and we all found opportunities to develop those skills during the summer.
Nothing beats the apprenticeship style of training that PPD offers. As a summer analyst, I was assigned to manage a selection of clinical trials, while also providing support to my mentor. In addition to reviewing the cases, my main responsibilities were to handle monthly invoicing and to communicate with the project manager on my clinical trials.
PPD is unlike other companies I have worked for because they will do anything to help you thrive and be successful. From day one, I was treated like a full-time analyst and underwent the same rigorous new-hire training that included multiple types of general training.
There was also a series of networking events with different departments inside and outside of finance, allowing me the opportunity to interact with different teams inside PPD. While there was plenty of work, throughout the internship program, there were many activities planned for interns.
PPD is committed to helping its interns and employees excel, and the company is dedicated to our continued improvement and innovation. There were four major developments within our department during my 10-week program, which ranged from optimizing cubicle layouts to launching a new financial platform for more efficient analysis. I found it exciting to be part of a company that is constantly pushing forward.
Coming to work should be a positive experience, and it was for me. In my 10 weeks at PPD, I learned more about finance and the CRO industry than I have learned in three years at my university.
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