Strolling into a hospital at any given hour of the day, it is impossible not to notice the presence of C. R. Bard everywhere you look. Devices and instruments such as catheters, stents, oncology equipment, and laparoscopic tools are just a few of the many vital products that Bard provides for the health and well-being of patients across the world, within many different institutions. Established in 1907, C. R. Bard has been providing over 100 years of service to hospitals, health care professionals, and extended care facilities through products relating to urology, oncology, vasculature, and surgical tools. Embodying their 4 core values of “Quality, Integrity, Service, and Innovation,” C. R. Bard actively encourages their employees to go above and beyond, and is always at the peak of innovation within the medical world. To a university student, interning at such a prestigious company may seem daunting or even impossible at times, because of the accomplishments and presence of C. R. Bard. How would you go about securing an internship? How many departments are there to choose from? What would a typical day of an intern look like? Will your time at C. R. Bard make an impact on the company? Georgia Tech biomedical engineering student Anirudh Joshi had the opportunity to work under C. R. Bard as an intern for two semesters, and shared his experience with The Pioneer.
Anirudh first heard about the internship through a Dinner Jackets event with the Student Alumni Association at Georgia Tech. There, he met an alumni, Anu Parvativar, who worked for C. R. Bard at the time. Through their conversations about the research and development sanctioned by the company, Anirudh began to be interested in medical device development, and applied to be an intern. The first internship Anirudh worked for, was in the New Product Development Division in research and development in the summer of 2014, followed by Sustaining Engineering, also in research and development, during the spring of 2015. Within these divisions, Anirudh was immediately integrated into a team project that the company was already working on. This strategy allowed Anirudh to have a hands-on experience with his own team, contribute his knowledge as a biomedical engineer to the group, and additionally promote the long-term goals of the company in the process.
Anirudh’s responsibilities from day to day varied on a weekly basis within his group, and included tasks such as prototyping fixtures for tests, developing test methods and experiments to validating their results, running statistical analysis on data acquired from experiments, and formulating actionable conclusions. On some occasions, he would even be asked to consult another team that needed his skillset to analyze work that they had performed. He was also expected to brainstorm new ideas for products, and test current products to ensure they were up to code on functionality.
Anirudh recalls one of the highlights of his internship was being able to actively be a part of, and contribute to, a professional development team. The diversity within his team and the company made it an unparalleled environment for collaboration and learning while on the job. Having no prior experience in the medical device industry, interning at C. R. Bard allowed Anirudh to explore his horizons and familiarize himself with a possible career choice after university. He views his internships as positive impacts on how he thought of his future as a biomedical engineer, and specifically through his time in research and development, his experiences have contributed to his desire to work in medical device development after he graduates.
Looking back, Anirudh sees the impact his internships have had on him as an engineer, such as practical engineering skills, industry exposure, professional experience and connections, group-centric thinking, and a more concrete idea of what aspects of biomedical engineering he enjoyed the most. Speaking about C. R. Bard as a whole, Anirudh considers it a great company to intern for, and recommends that anyone who is thinking about applying, to hit send. He additionally appreciates and enjoys the universality of C. R. Bard in hospitals, especially on foley catheters. Anirudh says that seeing Bard represented widely within the medical community, especially while or after interning for them, is something he thoroughly enjoys.