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Your entry into the world of Bristol Myers Squibb

Trainee programs at Bristol Myers Squibb can open doors to some of the most meaningful and interesting tasks in your career. Along the way, you’ll explore opportunities on various senior teams that work with some of the brightest talent in the biopharmaceutical industry, while figuring out exactly which department you excel in.

Find out where you belong.

Two rotational programs allow you to have different and varied experiences.

Medical (18 Months) or Marketing Program(24 Months)

Rotation by various departments in the office and in the field

Active support from mentors and the trainee network

The ideal entrance into the pharmaceutical industry with preparation for subsequent positions

The two trainee programs, Medical and Marketing, offer you the ideal starting point at Bristol Myers Squibb. Through rotations in different departments, you can discover which projects you enjoy most and where you and your experiences can best contribute. You’ll join a large team, get to know our global company, and build your own network.

As a trainee at Bristol Myers Squibb, you can create your own entry into the pharmaceutical industry and fully develop your talent. We offer you an inclusive workplace where you can support projects on multiple teams and define your future within in the company. Do you like to look beyond the box and think “out-of-the-box?” We cultivate a culture of innovation and are excited to integrate fresh ideas and creative approaches from young talent.


When designing your trainee program, you and your supervisor have the chance to select your rotations from different departments.


Both professional and personal development are actively encouraged through numerous training and networking events.


With the support of your colleagues in the Trainee Network, you can actively help shape the joint events and workshops in which you train each other.


Bristol Myers Squibb offers you the opportunity to engage in numerous company-wide projects on topics such as diversity, our learning culture, sustainability and other exciting areas beyond the Trainee Program.

Trainee Network

In addition to mentors and coaches who will be available to help you throughout your trainee program, the Trainee Network – a combination of active trainees – offers you the opportunity to have a collegial and informal exchange. In addition, joint events and workshops will be held as part of the Trainee Network. With fellow trainees and external support, you will train yourself on a wide variety of topics. Overall, there are approximately 10 trainees distributed across all business units, but the exact number of trainees can always vary.

Marketing Trainee

6 Months, Munich

You are beginning the trainee program in the marketing department of one of our four business units: oncology, hematology, cardiovascular, and immunology & fibrosis. You will contribute to the development of innovative strategies for positioning our products and support. Example: Sales through the creation of materials and the organization and promotion of events.

3 Months, Munich

Depending on your interests, and after consultation with the respective departments, two further internal service rotations are part of the marketing program. In the Business Insights & Analytics department, you can contribute to the planning and execution of market research and support the team with budget planning, forecasting and performance analysis.

3 Months, Munich

In the Market Access department, you gain knowledge of the strategic processes of entering our medicines into the market, as well as an overview of the political-legal framework conditions in Germany. In your role, you’ll support the team through the AMNOG process, health economic analyses and get to know regional mechanisms for additional price regulation.

12 Months, Germany-wide when possible

Before your rotation into the field, it will be decided which field area is best suited. Typically, you will move into the appropriate region for this time to conduct local doctor visits and accompanying events. Therefore, there should be a willingness to relocate during your time in the Germany Sales rotation. During your sales engagement, you will visit doctors in practices or clinics, observe developments in your area and be able to proactively react to them. For your customers, you will organize continuing education events and support them at regional and national congresses.

The Marketing Program is built around rotations in marketing and field sales. In order to obtain the most holistic picture of the health policy environment during the traineeship, the trainees are recommended to rotate in Market Access, for example. In addition, you can plan further rotations with your supervisor based on your interests, which can then be made possible in consultation with the respective department.


Example rotation options: Strategy & Operations, Digital Marketing, Business Insights & Analytics, Market Access.

If you have not completed medical training (such as PTA/MTA) or if you do not have a medical or scientific degree, you will undergo a pharmaceutical speaker training for the marketing program before your field rotation. This is necessary so that you obtain the necessary expertise in accordance with § 75 of the German Medicinal Products Act. The pharmaceutical speaker training is integrated individually into the trainee program for each year. The course that prepares you for the oral and written final exam will last approximately 6 months. Bristol Myers Squibb will pay for the costs of training and testing.

Medical Trainee

The Medical Program is your 6-month rotation in Medical Affairs and your 3-month rotation in Regional Clinical Operations.
In addition, you can plan further rotations with your supervisor based on your interests, which can then be made possible in consultation with the respective department. If you are particularly interested in an additional department, there is an option to schedule another 3-month rotation.


Alternative rotations options would be: Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Pharmacovigilance or Medical Capabilities.


At least 4 different rotations are recommended to receive the broadest possible insights on your Bristol Myers Squibb trainee journey.

6 Months, Munich

You start your Bristol Myers Squibb trainee journey with a 6-month rotation at Medical Affairs. Here you will learn about different indication areas in one of the four business units: oncology, hematology, cardiovascular or immunology & fibrosis, and will be involved from the beginning as a contact person for medical-scientific questions. Together with Clinical Research, you support and supervise local and international studies. You are revising scientific promotional material and are involved in the design of product communications. You will be in regular contact with study doctors and key opinion leaders and develop through participation.

3 Months, Munich

In Regulatory Affairs, you work closely with national and international authorities. In addition, you are involved in the management of our medications from development through the various phases of the clinical studies, the application for approval and the time after approval, and are responsible for the correct implementation of the regulatory and legal requirements in all cross-functional departments.

3 Months, Munich

Your journey continues to the Market Access department, where you will acquire knowledge of the political legal framework conditions as well as strategic processes for the introduction of our medicinal products in Germany. In your role, you determine that market potential, analyze the market structure and participate in negotiations for pricing and price setting.

3 Months, Munich

In your rotation in the field of clinical research, you are involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of clinical studies and are the contact person for the various participants in a clinical study. Your further tasks concern the creation and submission of the study documents to the authorities, the planning of the recruitment process of the patients and the correspondence with the ethics committees.

3 months, team in another European country

In consultation with the sponsor of the Medical Trainee Program and your supervisor, you have the opportunity to complete your traineeship with a rotation in a department abroad in Europe. For example, you can learn about working in another country affiliate or gain insights into the global organization.

What did you like most about your Internship?


When planning my rotations, I was able to bring in my own interests and desires and thus create a traineeship that is tailored to me. Working on many different, exciting projects allows me to explore the pharmaceutical world from different perspectives and explore my career future at Bristol Myers Squibb.”


Medical Trainee


The Bristol Myers Squibb trainee program offers a steep learning curve. The teams are extremely supportive and inclusive, making self-sufficient projects a reality in the first few weeks.”


Marketing Trainee


The Medical Trainee program at BMS was the perfect entry into the pharmaceutical industry for me. To this day, in my current position as a Medical Science Liaison, I benefit from the deep understanding of the company structure, insights into operations and the network I have built up over time.”


Medical Science Liaison

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How the selection process works

Are you curious? Then apply through our cooperation partner Provadis during the application period. A multi-step selection process allows you to demonstrate your skills. We look forward to seeing you!

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Your Application

For a start date on April 1st, the selection period runs from mid-October to mid-December. You can find the advertisement directly on our careers page.

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Video Interview

Following the review of your aplication documents by our talent acquisition team, you will be invited to a telephone interview. During this conversation you will have the opportunity to ask questions and we will explain how our Trainee programs are structured.

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Selection Day

The final day of selection – where you and Bristol Myers Squibb can get to know each other – will take place approximately 2-3 months prior to the start of the trainee program.

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