What I wish was different
***I did not intern for AveXis. I have been working full time for over a year.
I accepted the position under the impression that I would be doing Process Development work at an up and coming gene therapy startup. I was sadly mistaken about the work I would be doing.
The daily schedule involves going into a clean room and following Standard Operating Procedures step by step kind of like a lab in school. You are an operator. At other companies in this industry the job title is Manufacturing Associate, but AveXis has been able to lure people into this position by calling it a Bioprocess Engineering (BPE) position. Only about a third of the Bioprocess Engineers have engineering degrees, most are biology, biochemistry, microbiology etc. Data analysis and process improvements are not part of the job. There is NO career development. There is no exposure to the work of other departments.
For the last 6 months we "did not have the budget" for a cleaning crew. It was the Bioprocess Engineer's responsibility to wipe down equipment and mop the floor of the clean room daily. Every week we had to clean the ceilings, walls, and floors with bleach and a detergent. Absolutely ridiculous!
Oh yeah, and you work every other weekend, don't get off on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, and have a 50/50 chance of working the night shift from 6pm-6am.