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MBA Summer Associate Program

What does the MBA Summer Associate Program entail?

MBA Summer Associates will be in our Pfizer New York Headquarters office supporting one of the following functions: Analytics, Corporate Finance, Marketing, or Strategy & Consulting; they will be assigned to challenging projects for the summer that will drive Pfizer's business priorities forward.

MBA Summer Associates receive an industry competitive salary, relocation support and the goal of conversion to a full-time opportunity upon the completion of their MBA degree. This Program is a unique opportunity to gain insight into how the world's leading biopharmaceutical company operates, while advancing your own academic knowledge and technical skills.

The Program includes, and is not limited to:

  • Challenging project assignment for 10-12 weeks 
  • Information sessions with Senior Leaders and colleagues across divisions
  • Team building, philanthropic and networking events
  • Mid and end-of-summer performance review sessions 
  • Final project presentation session

How to apply?

The application process opens in September through December. The first round of interviews will take place either on campus or virtually in the fall with the second round of interviews scheduled from January through early February at our Pfizer New York Headquarters location.

To review the job descriptions for our opportunities and apply, please return here during the application period.

As a finance organization, our mission at Pfizer is to exhibit the highest standards of financial integrity, leadership and regulatory compliance, while delivering value to Pfizer, our clients and our internal and external stakeholders.

Finance provides strategic and operational support to various groups across the organization such as Research & Development, Global Supply, Commercial, Oncology Research & Development, Business Development and other Enabling Functions. We partner with each business unit to provide financial analysis and support for their initiatives, while managing the overall financial performance of Pfizer’s businesses.

Summer Associates receive hands-on supervision, direct interaction with senior level Finance colleagues and opportunities to network with Finance colleagues at all levels. Past projects form Finance Summer Associate include:

  • Improving on treasury’s cash flow models
  • Creating a financial reporting framework for the strategic equity managed by Pfizer Venture Investments
  • Interacting with brand marketing teams and providing expense management for multiple brands

The Summer Associate experience is the feeder into our full-time MBA Finance Rotational Program, which is a two-year program consisting of four 6-month rotations across the company upon the MBA graduation. Full-time placements would be done after the program’s completion.

At Pfizer, Marketing is the commercial powerhouse that drives strategy and delivers tactics to healthcare providers, patients, and payers. Marketers are general managers who lead and motivate internal and external cross-functional stakeholders with the shared goal of delivering breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.

The internship as a Summer Associate is the first step to join the Marketing Rotational Program (MRP), which is a two-year talent development program that offers you the opportunity to gain a foundation of experiences and competencies in core marketing areas across therapeutic areas and stakeholder groups to enable and empower your development as a future marketing leader at Pfizer.

As an MRP colleague, you would receive support from start to finish, including:

  • Formal & informal onboarding / training resources
  • Coaching & mentoring from an engaged community
  • Additional guidance through networking opportunities

Some of the projects that MRP Summer Associates have developed are:

  • Developing and launching new sales force promotional materials, including sales training
  • Evaluating feasibility and building business case for new social channel to help support patient education
  • Gathering input from local markets to shape global brand strategy and launch planning

The Strategy & Consulting (S&C) team is part of Business Innovation, which is considered the engine for transformative value creation for patients and for Pfizer. S&C develops holistic business strategies across Corporate, Commercial, and Research & Development (R&D) to enable Pfizer’s purpose-driven growth agenda.

As internal strategy consultants we advance high-impact initiatives that drive growth and are aligned to key priorities, serve as trusted thought partners for the organization, and deliver coordinated recommendations that drive performance and impact.

S&C Summer Associate projects could support the strategy development at the brand, portfolio, country, global or enterprise level.  One of our 2023 Summer Associates evaluated the current and future hemophilia landscape, where their work provided a data-driven foundation and strategic framework from which our business partners were able to disrupt, differentiate, and compete in a rapidly changing set of markets.

Future S&C Summer Associate projects could revolve around questions like:

  • What is the 3-year commercial strategy for our Vaccines portfolio?
  • What factors are critical for the successful launch of certain brand?
  • How could we reduce lag between US and the rest of the world launches to bring our products to patients faster?

At the end of the summer, and considering business needs, high performing S&C Summer Associates will receive a full-time offer to join as a full-time Manager.

The Portfolio & Decision Analysis (PDA) team is also part of Business Innovation and is uniquely positioned within Pfizer to facilitate strategic discussions and advise on tough investment and trade-off decisions for programs within the clinical portfolio. PDA helps guide R&D investment decisions, maximizing pipeline value & enabling Pfizer’s long-term strategy.

The Portfolio Analysis team crafts sound investing criteria for Enterprise-level decision-making and simulate near and long-term portfolio performance and identify drivers for growth. On the other hand, the Decision Analysis team develops business cases for program funding by leading strategic cross-functional exercises with experts across Pfizer and advises leaders on value optimizing investment decisions and key trade-offs.

As a PDA Summer Associate you would cover a broad range of R&D, commercial, and strategic topics that are critical to our business. The PDA Summer Associate projects could include:

  • Partnering with medicine development teams to develop strategic scenarios and evaluate the associated investment economics (e.g., cost, risk, and return) and tradeoffs (pros and cons)
  • Supporting strategic R&D portfolio projects that identify portfolio trends, risks, and opportunities
  • Facilitating the prioritization of projects across the portfolio leveraging key financial and strategic metrics
  • Supporting and facilitating pipeline decision-making governance meetings

At the end of the summer, and considering business needs, high performing PDA Summer Associates will receive a full-time offer to join as a full-time Manager.


    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Enrolled in a Full-Time MBA program
    • 1st-year student
    • Must be immediately authorized to work in the U.S. without the employer’s sponsorship. Please note that Pfizer will not be able to provide visa or permanent residence sponsorship for this job or any derived full-time opportunity. Pfizer is an equal opportunity and E-Verify employer.

    For specific requirements, please review the job description for each opportunity once available.

  • Yes, you can apply to all MBA Summer Associate roles you’re interested in. You would be able to have first-round interviews for all roles you are selected for. For final-round interviews, if selected for more than one role, you would be requested to choose which role you would like to interview for.

  • Currently, the MBA Summer Associate roles are only based in New York, NY.
    At the moment, remote opportunities are not available.

  • The interviewing process for this program has two phases:

    • First-round interviews: Conducted on campus, usually focused on behavioral questions and potential ad hoc questions regarding your background or knowledge.
    • Final-round interviews: Held in our New York headquarters office, the typical interview format would be behavioral and technical questions, focused on your expertise on the area you are applying for (e.g. finance, marketing, etc.). Some teams may include case-type questions.
  • Typically, the MBA Summer Associate internship begins early in June and lasts through the first or second week of August.

  • No, during the MBA Summer Associate internship you will not have to travel for work.

  • Please send an email to [email protected]