Driven to Make Healthcare Better; Making a Difference Together

It’s not every day that you get to work on the forefront of cutting edge technology.  It’s not every day that you get to collaborate with brilliant, talented and innovative engineers that are just as invested in your future as you are. It’s not every day that you get the chance to transform healthcare as we know—unless you work at Stryker.

Stryker has an exceptionally strong intern program that allows students to thrive well beyond limits they set for themselves. Want to get more exposure to a skill? Ask your manager. Want to get involved in more projects that interest you? Contact those team members. There are so many opportunities to acquire technical skills, gain professional skills, and improve personal skills. This is a company that cares about developing not only their employees but also their interns. All employees and interns go through a Gallup StrengthsFinder exercise upon arrival that provides their top five strengths and gives a detailed leadership report of what those entail. Walking around the office, almost every employee has their own strengths pinned up on their desk. It’s a Stryker must.

Stryker’s mission statement says it all: “Together with our customers we are driven to make healthcare better”.  The projects that interns work on align with these goals. They are significant, meaningful, impactful, and yes, sometimes quite challenging. The best part about it is that anyone and everyone is ready to help and truly want you to succeed. I had a great time on my project and got lots of exposure to design, development, and testing. It’s comforting to see that what I learned in college can be applied to deliver results.

Interns don’t go unnoticed. From events like Intern Appreciation Day (filled with fun, games, and even a gelato food truck!) to an intern-exclusive talk held with the CEO, Stryker does an excellent job integrating interns into the work environment. When the office hosted “Diversity Day”, an event celebrating different cultures and foods, everyone including interns got to make signature dishes, bring decorations, and dress up in their cultural attire. From town hall sessions to events celebrating Stryker’s success, as an intern, you will be part of a collective impact—a family. I’m so lucky that I got to spend my summer at a company that is not only “driven to make healthcare better” but that is making a difference together.

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Manasi Deshpande

Georgia Institute of Technology

Stryker Orthopaedics, R&D Intern

Fort Lauderdale, FL

An Internship That is Not One Opportunity, but Many

For a college student, choosing the right internship seems like trying to make the decision of your life. Are you right for the internship? Is this internship right for you? Is this internship really what it seems?

Stryker first caught my interest at my university’s career fair when I spoke with an excellent recruiter. When I heard about Stryker’s amazing culture and internship program, I decided to apply, and after a series of interviews, I received an offer. I was ecstatic to accept, but I remember wondering if the internship sounded too good to be true. Would my experience really resemble what my recruiter described?

When the summer came, I started my first day at Stryker. I had my very first surprise at orientation, when I realized my advisor was no stranger; she was the very recruiter who I met at the career fair!

My Stryker internship has exceeded every expectation. After only being at Stryker for 2 months, I have done so many different things. I have learned how to create a new invention, how to optimize the design by consulting with Stryker’s many experts (including some of the most awarded surgeons in the country), and I have worked with Stryker’s prototype shop to bring it to life. Meetings and networking have broadened my understanding of the many different components that make this successful company. I have also spoken with key leaders, explored Stryker’s manufacturing plant, traveled to major business unit conferences, and even attended a live cadaver lab.

Every person on my team is hardworking, passionate, creative, understanding, and takes immense ownership of their work. They don’t just feel like coworkers, but rather teammates and friends that make every day fulfilling.

A Stryker internship is not just one flavor of internship, it is an assortment of tastes that expose you to the entire company, its people, and impacts. If my now-advisor had told me about all of the opportunities I would experience at Stryker, I wouldn’t have believed her.

Hayley Roy Gill

Hayley Roy Gill

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Stryker Orthopaedics, Knee Product Development Intern

Mahwah, New Jersey

Lunch and Learn

Have you ever seen the movie, Mean Girls? Well there’s a scene in the movie where the main character, Cady, is the new girl at school and eats lunch by herself in a bathroom stall. You know the one.

I’ve moved nine times in my life. I’ve lived in seven different states and attended nine different schools. You could say I’ve been the new girl a time or two myself, and every time I’m always terrified I’ll wind up eating lunch by myself in a bathroom stall like Cady. Thank you, Hollywood.

This summer I made move #10 to Kalamazoo to work as a finance intern for Stryker. My first day was a whirlwind. I have vague memories of sitting through an onboarding presentation, learning and immediately forgetting the names of my 90 fellow interns, and going out to lunch with the Worldwide Reporting team, who I would be working with all summer. Overall the day went smoothly, and everyone seemed super friendly. Nevertheless, the old new-kid worries swarmed through my mind the night before my first full day in the office:

What if I get lost?

What if they realize I don’t know anything about Technical Accounting and Policy?

Who am I going to eat lunch with?

By 11:50 the next morning I’d had my first meeting with my manager, Noah, to go over some of the projects I would be responsible for. I was pleasantly surprised that the work seemed to be meaningful and challenging and also that I had managed to find my way back to my desk from Noah’s office. To top it all off, I had yet to be asked to recite the Accounting Standards Codification from memory. You could say I was feeling pretty good.

By 11:58 I was a ball of nerves again. I started weighing my options. I could eat lunch by myself at my desk…eat lunch by myself in the cafeteria…eat lunch by myself in a bathroom stall….

Luckily, my nervous musings were interrupted by a friendly, equally nervous looking intern who had approached my desk. Before she could so much as introduce herself, I blurted out, “Do you want to go eat lunch?” Despite my awkward introduction, she agreed, and the two of us enjoyed getting to know each other as we ate lunch in the cafeteria.

Over the next 12 weeks, I spent my lunch hour in a variety of ways:  getting to know experienced Stryker professionals who were always eager to share their experiences with me one on one; attending Lunch and Learn events where I networked with financial leaders and learned more about other departments; running out for a quick bite with my managers in between projects; and carpooling to the local Chinese buffet with interns who I now consider good friends.

Last week I ate lunch by myself for the first time. As I munched on my apple (at my desk, not in a bathroom stall), I reflected on how scared I had been to be the new kid at Stryker. Looking back, it seems silly to have been that nervous compared to how confident I feel now. Thanks to managers who weren’t afraid to trust me with a challenge, a recruiting team who was always there to point me in the right direction when I got lost, and a friendly stranger on my first day, I’ve grown more personally and professionally in one summer than I could have ever imagined.

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Peyton Longlet

Michigan State University

Corporate, Worldwide Reporting Intern

Kalamazoo, Michigan

I Didn’t Find Stryker, Stryker Found Me!

My first real encounter with Stryker occurred on a very personal level. The echoing sounds of dribbling basketballs and screeching rubber sneakers filled the gymnasium of my local high school. It was the first day of basketball camp and my younger brother, Matthew, was eager to begin training with the high school team. I took a seat in the corner of the gym and watched as he dominated the first few drills the coach demonstrated. As Matthew sharply turned away from an oncoming defender and reached to shoot his first lay-up, he landed forcefully, leading to a broken tibia, torn ligament, shattered knee, and injured growth plate requiring a Stryker stretcher to meet us at the front gate, accompanied by a Stryker hospital bed and eventually several Stryker screws and plates post-surgery. Living only 20 minutes away from the Mahwah campus, I have always associated the Stryker brand with quality and innovation. However, it wasn’t until Matthew was injured and surrounded by Stryker products that I noticed the significant impact the company has on doctors, patients, and the medical devices industry. Since viewing the company’s ability to meet its deliverables and recognizing its commitment to advancing procedures on that day, I have been inspired to participate in this impact myself.

As an Accounting student, I have always been conditioned to think that the healthcare industry was reserved for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, while I belonged in a bank or public firm. However, I have quickly learned during my internship at Stryker that my passion and knowledge of numbers can be instrumental in driving innovation and making impactful contributions for customers in the medical field.  As part of my role as an Accounting/Finance intern, I have had the unique privilege of attending New Product Development meetings with professionals in Marketing, R&D, and Finance to discuss new advancements and medical devices that can capture market share and improve surgical procedures and patient outcomes. By assisting in the construction of financial models for new products, I have been able to help support the latest technologies that progress our healthcare system, while simultaneously developing my business acumen and expanding my professional network. My knowledge of Accounting and Finance has also been advanced through my work in expense reporting, data consolidation and analysis, and through collaboration with my extraordinary Trauma-Finance team in Stryker’s fast-paced and competitive environment!

All of my friends and family always ask, “How did you find such a wonderful internship opportunity?” and it is with great pride that I exclaim, “I didn’t find Stryker, Stryker found me!” It is through my own personal hardship that I have learned that Stryker is much more than a place where people work; it is an innovative environment that lives out its mission with dedication, integrity, and genuine care for the customers they serve each and every day. Who wouldn’t want to be involved with that?

Alexandra Santulli

Alexandra Santulli

Fairfield University

Trauma & Extremities Team, Corporate Finance Intern

Mahwah, New Jersey


At a meeting during my third week of work, another Operations engineer asked me to describe what I was working on. With a deep breath, I rattled off a long list of the different responsibilities I’d been assigned off the top of my head, much to the surprise of the engineer I was speaking to. “They Stryker-ized her pretty quickly,” my advisor chuckled, and those words could not be more true – while I’ve come to understand that “Stryker-ized” is not an official term, the meaning is an accurate description of daily life at Stryker, and I am happy to say that this internship has changed me in the best way possible.

The minute after I was introduced to my team and shown to my desk, still shaking with the nervousness and excitement that came along with my first day, I was handed a list of projects filled with words that I didn’t know the meaning of. I’ll be honest; I panicked. A lot. How in the world was I supposed to complete a project if I didn’t even understand what I was supposed to do? Even though a million worries were still racing through my head, the next day I was immediately thrust into the fray: I found myself attending daily meetings, participating in tours of each different cell, and learning the processes that create all the parts manufactured by the plant.

Soon I was making some real progress on my projects – I went from trying to keep up with every Stryker acronym and term to revising productivity trackers and spearheading the execution of a cell expansion. Stryker prides itself on providing its interns with “real” work, and this experience is definitely no exception. Between running meetings, marking up blue prints, and developing templates for plant-wide use, I realized that the volume and importance of the “real” work I was doing left me no room to be nervous – rather, I was excited to truly be a part of the team and make impactful differences to the plant.

To me, being “Stryker-ized” means much more than accumulating a never-ending task list and a take-charge attitude. Rather, it is developing the motivation to do what you love and make an impact while doing it, something that I have found rings true for me here. So, yes, I’ve been “Stryker-ized” – I have loved every minute of it, and while I am sad the summer is almost over, I’m so thankful for all of the memories I’ve made.

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Katrina David

The New Jersey Institute of Technology

Stryker Orthopaedics (GQO), Process Engineering Intern

Mahwah, New Jersey

Not Your Typical Internship

For the first time ever, I was actually excited to wake up at 4:30 in the morning.  I quickly got ready, surprising myself that I had this much energy at such an early time.  Around 5:15 A.M. I received a text saying “Your chauffeur has arrived to your address” I went outside to find an extremely friendly man who took my suitcase while handing me the latest copy of The New York Times and a water bottle.  In my head I was thinking, “Wow, I need to go on business trips more.”

Fast forward to 8 A.M. I jumped on a plane with my team to head out to Michigan.  I was shocked to find out how small the plane was, but then again, how many people fly to Grand Rapids early on a Tuesday morning.  By 1:00 P.M. we were walking into the Corporate headquarters in Kalamazoo.  If you asked me three months ago if I thought I would have the opportunity to fly across the country to meet amazing people I would have said no, but when you intern for the best company, anything is possible.

My three days in Kalamazoo were filled with engaging workshops, networking with people from all different fields and seeing an area of the country I never expected I would be able to visit.  First business trip at the age of 20?  I definitely can’t complain.  Actually I am going to do the opposite, brag to my friends back at school about how I have the best internship in the world.





Jenna Parisen

Liberty University

Corporate Communications Intern

Allendale, New Jersey

How to Survive Your First Week as an Intern at Stryker

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Have you heard that cliché before? I can assure you that the number one thing running through most of the interns’ minds during that first week as a Stryker Intern is how you present yourself to your team members and supervisor. Will I say something embarrassing? Will I speak too much or too little? There are countless worries that you may have during your first week. However you are likely forgetting one main thing: the interview process you were a part of tested your practical and social skills and you exceeded your team’s expectations, which resulted in the internship offer. You have already impressed the individuals you needed to, and all your team members are interested in finding out more about you as an individual.

The biggest piece of advice I would give to incoming Interns at Stryker is to put yourself out there during the first week and to just be yourself. Share interesting stories during lunch outings, get to know your advisor, and just enjoy the process. You will have many weeks ahead to focus on your projects and impress your colleagues on a professional level, so focus on building relationships in the initial stages of your internship. The work environment at Stryker is heavily focused on developing relationships, and your projects will run a lot smoother once you’ve made those lasting connections with the right individuals.

On a personal note, I really enjoyed my first week of my Stryker internship as a Demand Planning Intern at the Endoscopy office in San Jose, California. I have been able to develop professional relationships with my work colleagues, and with only four weeks into the internship, I feel confident in my ability to complete my projects at a high level with the assistance of the excellent resources I’ve acquired during my short time here.

Marco in Denver

Marco pictured alongside members of the Sports Medicine Business Unit at the Stryker Denver office

Marco Rolim

Texas A&M University

Endoscopy, Demand Planning Intern

San Jose, CA