Having the opportunity to work at Stryker Neurovascular has proven to be one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life thus far. As a business development intern, my team sent me to Shanghai for one of my projects over the summer. China is a large, evolving market and I was responsible for helping better understand and characterize the market. Partnering with the Stryker China Neurovascular team, we developed a comprehensive model of the Chinese market that will serve as the basis for planning and evaluating potential business development opportunities, as well. Through this process, I gained so much knowledge about the medical device space and the healthcare system in China. Being fluent in Mandarin was also a huge advantage because it allowed for a good portion of the meeting conversations to be conducted in local language and often times the market research data is also in Mandarin. This supported an even broader understanding through my knowledge of the language’s cultural and verbal nuances and I was able to reflect what I learned in the market model.
Working overseas with the China team also allowed me to build strong relationships. This trip taught me the value of personal interactions. Sitting together face to face in a conference room for hours on end made it a much more conducive environment for sharing stories and knowledge—something that cannot be as easily achieved over a conference call. Our meetings helped improve both sides’ understanding about the market because we both brought different perspectives to the table, adding more depth and knowledge to our market models.
I feel so lucky to have had such a unique and enriching internship experience at Stryker Neurovascular. Now that I’m nearing the end of my internship, it’s incredible to look back and see all the work that I have done. I am proud of how my projects turned out and more importantly, how they have added significant value to the company. In just these 3 months, I have fallen in love with the Neurovascular space and am very impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm the people here have for stroke care. I am so thankful for my supportive and ridiculously intelligent and passionate team for helping me grow as a young professional and I couldn’t have asked for a better summer internship.
Neurovascular – Fremont, CA