Landing a medical device sales internship in college is the most direct way to land a lucrative medical device sales role directly out of undergraduate. Unfortunately, only a handful of companies in the medical device industry offer sales internships.
There is strong interest in securing one of these internships, which begs the question: why don't more companies expand invest in a sales internship program?
The short answer is that it takes more than a few months during the summer for someone to learn the product portfolio and gain the clinical acumen needed to close a deal or guide a surgeon in a case. After all, Associate Sales Representatives need to spend nearly two years in the role learning before they are promoted to a Sales Representative.
There are, however, ten fantastic medical device sales internships the Breaking Into Device team recommends you look into. The internships listed below will help accelerate you on your journey to secure a medical device sales role:
|1||Stryker||Trauma & Extremities Sales Internship, Orthopedic Sales Internship||Nationwide|
|2||CONMED||Sales Intern||Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Louisiana; Richmond, VA; South Carolina; or Tampa, FL|
|3||Medtronic||Spine Summer Associate Rep Intern||Seattle, WA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Gainesville, FL; Greensboro, NC; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, Florida; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; North Haven, CT; Raleigh, NC; Austin, TX; Boston, MA|
|4||Zimmer Biomet||Sales Administrative Intern||Warsaw, IN|
|5||Olympus Corporation||Medical Sales Training Intern||Southborough, MA|
|6||DePuy Synthes (Johnson & Johnson)||Commercial Intern||Raynham, MA|
|7||McKesson||Extended Care Sales - Summer Intern||Richmond, VA|
|8||TZ Medical||Medical Device Sales Internship Program||Portland, OR|
|9||Pocket Nurse||Medical Sales Intern||Monaca, PA|
|10||Jigsaw Medical||Sales Intern||Sugar Grove, IL|
|11||Integrated Medical Sales Inc.||Sales Intern||
Here are the job postings that we found for each opportunity. We did not include links to these roles, since the application links vary by location and applicant cycle (eg: Summer, Spring, Fall). To find the specific job listing, do a quick Google search then apply.
Role(s): Trauma & Extremities Sales Internship, Orthopedic Sales Internship
If you’re passionate about being front and center with the latest medical technology, we want you on our team. Join Stryker and help us make healthcare better.
What We Offer
What You Need
What You Will Do
Why We Recommend It: Stryker is a top player in the medical device industry, specifically in Orthopedics. Having the opportunity to shadow the sales team and be exposed to Stryker's sales process early on in your career is an invaluable experience that will speak volumes on your resume.
Role: Sales Intern
Location: Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Louisiana; Richmond, VA; South Carolina; or Tampa, FL
We are seeking Sales Interns to join the growing Advanced Surgical Sales Team. As an Advanced Surgical Sales Intern, you will have the opportunity to observe surgeons using specialized medical devices to perform surgeries in the operating room. You will accompany Sales Representatives on field ride-alongs, gaining exposure to and experience with the sales process. Additionally, you will complete a project and final presentation to Advanced Surgical sales leadership.
This is an excellent opportunity for a student seeking a robust internship within a growing medical device company!
This internship position requires a driven and responsible team player interested in pursuing a career in medical device sales and open to relocation nationwide. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply for consideration!
Why We Recommend It: CONMED is a large, growing medical device company that has a stellar reputation in the industry. This internship boasts "as an Advanced Surgical Sales Intern, you will have the opportunity to observe surgeons using specialized medical devices to perform surgeries in the operating room." — this clinical exposure will undoubtably provide you a leg up when it comes to full-time recruiting.
Role: Spine Summer Associate Rep Intern
Location: Seattle, WA; Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Gainesville, FL; Greensboro, NC; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, Florida; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; North Haven, CT; Raleigh, NC; Austin, TX; Boston, MA
To be considered for a Summer Spine Summer Associate internship, you must meet the following basic requirements. How you meet these criteria, must be clearly indicated on your resume to be considered for a position.
Nice to Haves:
Why We Recommend It: Medtronic is a top medical device company with a plethora of portfolios, including Orthopedics. Interning in Spine will beneficial as you seek out full time roles both within Medtronic and at other top players.
Role: Sales Administrative Intern
Location: Warsaw, IN
Zimmer Biomet embodies a commitment to the highest ethical standards and full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, company policies, and industry codes. The Zimmer Biomet Code of Business Conduct and Ethics reflects our shared values and guides our daily work as well as our interactions with one another and with patients, healthcare professionals, business partners, regulators and other community stakeholders.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Why We Recommend It: Although this internship description is broad, interning in a sales capacity at Zimmer Biomet — a leader in the Orthopedics medical devices market — is advantageous for a future career in medical device sales. Excelling as an intern at Zimmer Biomet can make a strong case for you to hit the ground running as an Associate Sales Representative post graduation.
Role: Medical Sales Training Intern
Location: Southborough, MA
Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. Let’s inspire healthier lives, together. We are looking for a Professional Training intern to join our Sales Training team in our Southborough, MA office.
This is a full-time opportunity involving 40 hours per week. Experiences that grow you—and your career. As an intern at Olympus, you will contribute to our mission by helping your department execute medical device training for our sales representatives.
Some potential projects you may contribute to include:
A Typical Day
Job Requirements Required Qualifications
Why We Recommend It: Olympus Corporation holds roughly 70% market share in the endoscope market (≈ $2.5B). If you are interested in pursuing a medical device sales career in endoscopy, this internship program is the creme de la creme. Although this particular internship focuses on sales training rather than gaining field experience, your foot will be in the door to facilitate a smooth transition to the sales team post-graduation.
Role: Commercial Intern
Location: Raynham, MA
DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices sector is recruiting for a number of summer internship positions. DePuy Synthes provides the most comprehensive orthopedics product portfolios in the world. With specialties that include trauma, craniomaxillofacial, joint reconstruction, sports medicine, spinal surgery, we are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to healthcare systems worldwide.
Our interns play an important role in enhancing our business. We plan to hire multiple positions across multiple specialties and departments. Our program will provide you with business problems to tackle, coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities. You will work on projects that improve your leadership and professional skills while learning the orthopedics business.
About Our Internships
Digital Education/Learning Design
Digital, Analytics & Competitive Intelligence
Other related field Responsibilities
Why We Recommend It: DePuy Synthes is one of the largest and most respected medical device companies, particularly in the Orthopedics segment. This internship is not explicitly within sales; however, the Commercial Operations, Marketing, and Business Insights internship speciality areas focus on sales operations. Landing this internship would position you well to transition to an Associate Sales Representative role internally after graduation.
Role: Extended Care Sales - Summer Intern
Location: Richmond, VA
McKesson’s Intern program provides raising seniors with an opportunity to receive real world work experience in the healthcare industry. Interns will work hands-on in a dynamic, fast-paced, sales environment and will learn the basic competencies of a healthcare sales representative and aid in the sales process.
The Extended Care Inside Sales Intern(s) will be responsible for engaging in sales and department functions such as: working on meaningful department initiatives, prospecting dormant customers, participating in medical device in-services, conducting marketing campaigns and assist in other day-to-day Inside Sales business development activities.
This is a great opportunity for rising seniors to learn about the Extended Care industry, learn about healthcare equipment and supplies and engage with customers and learn about the healthcare supply chain.
Intern Program Details
Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To
Why We Recommend It: McKesson is a well-respected name in the medical supplies industry. Although you may not be selling capital equipment or implants at McKesson, this internship offers fantastic exposure to the medical supplies industry sales process and can serve as a springboard to other medical device sales roles. Learning how to complete in-services during your internship will prove valuable to future employers.
Role: Medical Device Sales Internship Program
Location: Portland, OR
Would you like to have the potential opportunity for future employment with a medical device company? TZ Medical is a privately-held business based in Portland, Oregon. We pride ourselves on strong company culture and creating an enjoyable workplace where everyone is valued and appreciated. Last month, TZ was notified that we made the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. We've made the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon for three consecutive years.
TZ Medical is looking to add team members who will help us continue this tradition. We offer a paid fall sales internship, allowing the potential for future employment in our sales department. During the internship, you will learn the ins and outs of our sales process, account management, and much more!
Why We Recommend It: TZ Medical is a smaller medical device manufacturing company hailing from Portland, OR. The sales internship program at TZ Medical offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to an array of medical device products at the beginning of your sales career. This experience will situate you exceptionally well.
Role: Medical Sales Intern
Location: Monaca, PA
As a leading manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and equipment for healthcare simulation and education, Pocket Nurse provides solutions and services that create hands-on learning experiences for the next generation of healthcare professionals. Our small business philosophy is, Use your best judgement every day. Not only do we give team members the guidance and tools to succeed, we give them autonomy to do their best for the company to succeed.
The Sales Intern is responsible to support Pocket Nurse's day-to-day Sales efforts. This internship provides the opportunity to develop selling skills and learn all phases of the sales process by working directly with the team to serve our customers and generate sales. The focus of this position is working with and through others, building and maintaining relationships, and working closely within established guidelines. Effective communication with many different people is key along with the ability to motivate others and being aware of and responsive to their needs. The details of the job need to be handled quickly, correctly and efficiently to maintain and grow relationships.
Key Responsibilities and other duties as assigned
Skills and Experience
Why We Recommend It: Pocket Nurse's Medical Sales Internship provides the distinctive opportunity for you to develop your selling skills by working directly with the sales group. Furthermore, possible internship projects include proposal pricing, contract and sales operations support to field sales development which is a unique, valuable skillset to possess early on in your career. Most applicants applying to full-time associate roles have little exposure to this part of the business; therefore, the skillsets you can develop in this internship could offer you a competitive edge as progress throughout your career.
Role: Sales Intern
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
As an Intern at Jigsaw Medical, you will be seizing a wonderful advancement in professional sales development by assisting our experienced sales team by generating leads, maintaining customer relationships, and making sales to United States hospitals and home health agencies. This paid internship will strengthen your sales skillset through experiential learning and being part of a driven team that is dedicated to bringing new healthcare solutions to the table.
What You Will Learn
Responsibilities and Duties
Why We Recommend It: Jigsaw Medical's product lines are often utilized in Radiology, Ultrasound, IR, Surgery, and other procedural departments. Founded in 2014, Jigsaw Medical is still relatively small, but is rapidly expanding. As a result, interning in it's medical device sales department will allow you to learn, network, and work closely with more experienced representatives.
We hope this list of internships helps you dive head-first into the world of medical device sales. If you are interested in exploring more resources on how to break into medical device sales, view our All-In Course or download our Company Guides. Our team looks forward to supporting you on your journey. Feel free to reach out to us if we can help you out on the way.
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