Law graduates (usually) need to complete their studies with a law internship following their degree and first state examination. This is divided into different stages in different departments, some of which are organized by the interns themselves. I wanted to spend part of my law internship in an international company and quickly realized that Bayer Pharma AG was the place for me.
I was surprised to learn that Bayer Pharma’s headquarters are in Berlin, not in Leverkusen, as I had expected. I soon discovered that this change took place when Bayer took over pharmaceutical company Schering AG in 2006.
I was delighted to find an advert for law internships on the Group’s website. The application procedure was quick and uncomplicated, and I soon found out that I would be starting a three-month law internship at Bayer Pharma in November 2013.
The legal department there (“Legal, Patents & Compliance”) is situated on the 15th floor of the highest building at Bayer’s Berlin complex. The office’s stunning panoramic view over the rooftops of Berlin is certainly worth a mention.
The “Legal, Patents & Compliance” department is divided into four teams –
- Strategic Marketing,
- Regions and General Commercial,
- Global Development (GD) and
- Global Drug Discovery (GDD).
My main role was to provide support for the GDD team, or “Research” as it’s also known, but I was also involved in the work of other teams as well. As a whole, my duties were very varied and I got involved in a broad spectrum of subjects – sales law, pharmaceutical law, state aid law, industrial property rights, administrative law, data protection legislation and international procedural law, to name just a few of the fields. I was involved in drafting contracts, conducting research and producing memoranda and reports. I was also able to get actively involved in discussions and consultations with clients. The wide variety of subjects and duties offered me an excellent overview of the range of activities covered by the in-house attorneys at Bayer Pharma.
One of the reasons I wanted to undertake a placement at Bayer Pharma was the company’s international set-up. I was very aware of Bayer’s global status during my time there in terms of the kind of duties and positions I encountered and also in the different workshops and events I attended. My expectations were more than fulfilled in this respect. In addition to the facets I’ve already outlined, I also appreciated how forthcoming and friendly my colleagues were in the legal department.
I also recommend visiting and getting involved in the interns’ Berlin intranet site to gain extra insights from different perspectives. There you can make contact with other interns who have completed different programs and learn about their own different work and experiences at Bayer Pharma. Apart from that, info events are announced there, as well as get-togethers and tours of the various sections, like the research station or the supply center.
All in all, I can thoroughly recommend an law internship at Bayer Pharma AG in Berlin.
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