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March 15, 2022

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Ever considered an internship at MSD Australia & New Zealand? Find out more from Bree Aiono and her recent summer internship at MSD New Zealand.

Kia ora,

I was fortunate to intern with MSD this summer as a TupuToa intern in the Market Access team.

Market Access has a branch of responsibilities, one of them being helping to provide timely access to medicines within the community.

“Part of my role was to provide a Pacific peoples perspective to the access of treatments.”

Company culture especially during COVID-19 is difficult, but an aspect I enjoyed about MSD, is that the company continues to foster that culture virtually. The inclusivity during meetings and continual celebration of big and small wins as a company, broke the barrier of working virtually.

“The inclusivity during meetings and continual celebration of big and small wins as a company, broke the barrier of working virtually.”

My highlight, overall, has been the opportunity to grow in this role. Reflecting on my internship, I’ve been able to enter workshops, and meetings as well as research and analyse pieces of information, all of which have been key components to my learning. At the end of my internship, I was able to share my findings with the company, which I found was very rewarding for my growth.

A piece of advice I would give to interns entering MSD, is to be confident in who you are. When I applied for this internship, I was unsure if my knowledge and cultural connection was adequate for the position. However, I found that my ideas and views upon aspects of health was different. Being able to embrace your differences and showcase disruptive thinking is important for a diverse health delivery system. At MSD your ideas and opinions are really valued.

Ngā mihi,

Bree Aiono

NZ-NON-00257 Last Updated March 2022