Trainee Programs in Pharma

For those members of the target groups, who are looking for a career transition from academia to pharma, we have compiled a list of trainee programs offered by variety of known pharma companies.

CompanyDuration of Training ProgramFurther Remarks
AbbVie24 months, starting Oct. 1st 
Bayer24 monthsInternational future leadership program for engineers, pharmacists and natural scientists.
Information on application deadlines can be found on the website.
Boehringer Ingelheim24 - 36 months

Biopharmaceuticals Management Trainee Program (Biberach & Vienna)

Bristol-Myers Squibb18 - 24 monTraining program for both medical or marketing & sales trainees
GSK24 - 36 months

Applications start in March every year, with diverse Future Leaders Programs:

  • Trainee Marketing / Sales Pharma
  • Trainee Market Access Pharma
  • Trainee Marketing / Sales Consumer
  • Trainee Manufacturing (Operations / Quality Vaccines Dresden)
  • Trainee Manufacturing (Operations / Quality Vaccines Marburg)
Johnson & Johnson24 months
  • Trainee Market Access Future Leaders
  • Trainee Commercial Future Leaders
  • Trainee Government Affairs & Policy Future Leaders
Lilly Pharma24 monthsDiverse Traineeprogramms:
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Affairs/ Market Access
Merck24 months

Join the GoGlobal or Functional Graduate Program


Novartis18 - 36 months, depending on training program

Available Early Talent training programs:

  • Marketing
  • Commercial
  • Market Access
  • Medical
  • Digital
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • People & Organisation (HR)
Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH12 - 18 months, starting in Sept./Oct. each year 
Rocheapprox. 24 months

Diverse training programs:

  • Pharma Development Regulatory (PDR)-Trainee Programme
  • Start IT. Make a difference.
  • Start PT ORDP. Push boundaries.
  • Start Supply Chain.
  • StarTrack. Data Science to Personalised Healthcare
  • Start Patient Safety. Where passion meets purpose.
  • Start Portfolio Strategy
Sandoz19 months

The Sandoz Talent Excellence Program is an accelerated, 19 month leadership development program where trainees work through three six-month rotations in Quality Assurance, Production, Development, Engineering and Operational Excellence, at different Sandoz sites globally.

Two tracks available: Natural Science & Engineering

Sanofi-Aventis24 months

Diverse trainee programs with different starting dates:

  • Business Operations & Support
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Affairs
  • Medical-Marketing-Sales
  • Market Access & Public Affairs
Wacker18 months

The 18-month trainee program is designed to identify and develop talent. It takes into account your qualifications and strengths as well as the skills required for future tasks.

Your individual training is rounded out with specific expert and interdisciplinary advanced training courses from the WACKER training program comprising a variety of seminars on professional, management, personality and social skills.

The trainee program is oriented toward graduates with excellent grades in engineering or natural sciences, ideally complemented with an MBA or doctorate. We are looking for candidates in the following (or related) fields:

  • Chemistry
  • Electrical engineering
  • Process engineering / chemical engineering / bioengineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Biotechnology