Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme 4850 views

Graduate Programme Facts

# of Positions 36
main location Greater Copenhagen
Duration 24 Months
Functions Business, Marketing, Market Access, Finance, Procurement, R&D, HR
Time per rotation 6-8 Months
International rotations Globally
Requirements Master’s degree, maximum of 1 year relevant work experience after graduation, above average academic achievements, able to relocate internationally
Language Requirements English language required

Applications Open
17 Nov
Applications Close
6 Jan
Programme Start

Our take on the Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given them experience and capabilities that enables the company to defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 42,300 people in 75 countries and markets its products in more than 180 countries.


An Outstanding Graduate Programme

Novo Nordisk has one of the most well-developed and sought-after graduate programmes available. In our survey among university students, the graduate programme of the Danish pharmaceutical gigant was voted the most desired one only after Carlsberg’s. The popularity and global reach of Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme is emphasized by the fact that more than 2,000 candidates from around the world apply yearly with 90 % of the graduates being international.


The programme includes numerous tracks for natural science/pharmaceutical graduates with seven tracks in the R&D department emphasizing an education within this field. This is rare to find among other graduate programmes, even for companies working in the pharma industry. Beyond the tracks based in Bagsværd, Denmark, there are three International Operations tracks within finance, Business and P&O (HR) based around the world, including one location in Ørestaden, Denmark. The many tracks are also a reason why Novo is one of the companies in the graduate guide with the most graduate positions (36).


Fast-track your career

Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, the current CEO of Novo Nordisk, started his career in the graduate programme more than 20 years ago. Today, the graduate programme is held in high regard in the company, especially due to the fact that more than 50% of graduates coming through the programme holds managerial positions. Hence, the programme is known to produce bright leaders to help millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. It has created a tradition where graduates are receiving a great deal of responsibility enabling their development to progress constantly. Although it is not for every track you are secured a contract after completing the programme, it is often the case, and the experience is still a valuable step in your career. The learning curve you can expect is simply above and beyond most other opportunities on the market for graduates. 


In a Professional and Social Environment

If you become a graduate in the programme you can expect a very professional approach where Novo Nordisk supports your relocation and accommodation in Copenhagen. All foreign graduates are accommodated in apartment complexes in Østerbro and enjoys a social life together, which smoothes the transition into the graduate position. It is no wonder, why many graduate decide to apply for this programme and it as well a programme that Graduateships would highly recommend any graduate looking to accelerate their career.

Graduate Programme Benefits

  • Sponsors visa for international students
  • Helps with accommodation in Copenhagen

Application Process

Motivational Letter, CV and Grade Transcript Review
You must also record a 1-minute personal video
1st Online Interview
With the programme manager or a local HR representative
2nd Online Interview
Will include personality and cognitive assessments
Virtual Graduate Recruitment Centre
Candidates participates in interviews, team and individual exercises, and receives feedback on personality and aptitude tests conducted prior to the Recruitment Centre.

Insights on the Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme

Graduate Progressions (example of roles after the graduate programme)

Internal: Manager, Strategic Planning. Global Customer Insights Manager. Junior Product Manager.

External: Consulting: Management & IT Consulting. Pharma/Health Care: Novozymes, Lundbeck, Coloplast. C20 Companies: Carlsberg, Maersk, Pandora etc.

The Verdict

What's good
  • "Well-developed graduate programme"
  • "Prestigious company"
  • "World-known graduate programme"
  • "Very social environment"
What's not so good
  • "Not all tracks secure permanent employment after completion"

Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme

World leader in diabetes care with a growing business in other treatment areas like haemophilia. More than 42,300 employees in 75 countries

  • Rank: 1
  • Company size: +10000
  • Global: Yes
  • Graduate programme: Yes
  • Intern programme: Yes

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