We are immensely proud that our UK IT Student Programme has been running for over 35 years, where we are focused on developing talent and creating leaders of the future.
Lilly offers a range of one-year student placements, in both Lilly and Elanco Animal Health, that are designed to complement your academic studies including a range of business, technical and developer roles.
We offer placements in 3 UK locations:
Our placements are designed to expand your skillset by giving you real responsibility in a professional environment. With relevant training, feedback, a mentoring programme and a strong network supporting you throughout the year, you will be making a difference in a constantly evolving industry.
"I challenge you to champion new ideas, helping Lilly to deliver innovative technology, to capitalise on our strong pipeline, accelerate drug discovery and enable new business opportunities." - Mike Meadows (Chief Technology Officer, Eli Lilly)
Systems analysts combine an understanding of specific systems / technologies with an ability to successfully oversee its implementation or changes to them. Activities are likely to include:
The systems analyst roles will suit students who have analytical skills combined with a motivation to drive results.
Business Analysts engage closely with end users to understand their aims and needs, suggest how technology can be used to improve the way they work and co-ordinate delivery of these solutions. Activities are likely to include:
This role suits students who study IT and Business subjects.
Developers provide the technical expertise and leadership to turn ideas and concepts into a design and solution. Activities are likely to include:
Developers are self-starters with a desire to experiment with new technologies, delivering business value and driving new opportunities through technology.
"I have been really impressed with the whole Lilly process, they really cater well to their students’ needs and provide a stable, supportive working environment for students to develop their careers and strive to be the best that they can be. I'm confident that the skills I have learnt at Lilly will set me up for future success in my future career."
Hear from Abby in the video below
Global Services IT
"Lilly have a fantastic ability to develop you as an individual and to give you the opportunities needed to take real responsibility within the organisation. Throughout my time at Lilly I have had the chance to work on numerous projects, which have tested my technical abilities but also the opportunity to present back to the business using my core skills."
Hear from Will in the video below
"I have been given the opportunity to explore personal areas of interest including Virtual Reality, whilst learning the vital soft skills and technical skills required to succeed as a software developer. During my time at Lilly, I’ve been heavily involved building internal and external apps on multiple platforms.
Hear from Jules, Wilson and Ben in the video below.
Lilly present at each of our partner universities between Sep-Oct. Check in with your placement office to find the exact date for your university.Read more
The application deadline varies per university. Check in with your placement office to find the application deadline for your university.Read more
The 1st interview will take place at your university during November 2016. The exact dates for this will be shared once we’ve received all applications.Read more
The 2nd Interview is the final stage. This interview takes place at Lilly in our Erl Wood site in Surrey.Read more
The results of the 2nd interview will be shared with you very quickly. You could have a placement secured before Christmas!Read more
If successful, you will be invited to the Familiarisation Day around April-May. This is a one day event where we invite all new students onsite to learn more, meet other students and meet your new team!Read more
Student Placements usually start the first week of July #ExcitingRead more
Exciting challenges create career opportunities for forward-thinking, highly motivated, and talented individuals who share a passion for technology, and a desire to learn.
IT Placements at Lilly offer opportunities for smart, proactive individuals to work on emerging technology, and deliver real value to our business. Register for the hackathon to apply for one of four Developer roles starting in July 2017!
So if you are inspired to become part of the technology and healthcare revolution, where creativity and innovation is rewarded, I invite you to apply for an industrial placement at Lilly or to take part in the hackathon.
Lilly present at each of our partner universities between Sep-Oct. Check in with your placement office to find the exact date for your university.Register
Registration could not be simpler. Complete the simple online registration to submit your full name, email address, university and your idea name.
You can enter as a pair, or individual, so if you are not comfortable working on your own why not partner with a team mate to share the workload and learning experience!?Read more
Once you have registered for the hackathon, signed up for your development environment, started to look at the different gamified learning experiences, and noted the date and time of the bootcamp in your diary you are ready to start developing!
Can’t wait for the bootcamp? This year’s Lilly student developers were keen to share with you their advice and best practice to help you succeed… check out the Video section in Getting Started.
More guidance and platform specific information is available, read on for more information.Read more
As part of our culture, the "default open" approach is designed to make things as transparent as possible. The hackathon is no exception.
You can download our "scoring model", which provides a guide of the different dimensions we are looking for in an app.Read more
As part of the submission, you will need to create a short video (no more than 5 minutes), demonstrating your app and use case, feel free to “sell the benefits” of your app. For something “extra”, share your thoughts, or learning on the experience (you can add an additional 1 minute for this).
For more tips and further information on what we are looking for, and how to achieve this with low effort, read more.Read more
Following the judging round, results will be shared with the candidates on Wednesday 16th November 2016. Notification will be via email. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, it is unlikely you will receive any specific feedback.
Successful Hackathon competition winners will be invited to the final round of our standard interview process i.e “2nd round interview”.Read more
We offer a choice of cloud technologies to build out your idea. Not sure which choice to make? Review the support materials in the sections below. Toggle between Salesforce.com and Heroku to select the relevant content.
We have provided resources to give you access to help information: videos of last years hackathon winners explaining how to get started, example projects that were submitted last year, an overview of the support we provide during the hackathon including links to technical forums, and an introduction to our mentors that will be assigned to you when you register.
Still not sure?
The choice is yours...
Some of the video content displayed in the Video and Examples section are not the property of Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly). The linked content is not under the control of Lilly. Nor shall Lilly be responsible for the contents of any linked video material.
Trailhead is a gamified learning experience and community provided for free by Salesforce.com. A number of different trails will introduce you to the platform, and then quickly enable you to become expert in developing your idea into reality. 60 seconds on trailhead: Trailhead overview.
You can access Trailhead for free, and sign up for a developer account here: Step 1: Trailhead - Salesforce BasicsThere are many trails to take a look at, but check out the playlist below to get started fast!:
There are number of support options to ensure you successfully complete the hackathon. Make sure you make the most of them!
NodeSchool (http://nodeschool.io/) is a gamified learning experience for learning Node.JS. There are some great tutorials, for people with no experience to lots of experience! A number of different tutorials will introduce you to Node, and then quickly enable you to become expert in developing your idea into reality.
You can access NodeSchool for freeThere are many tutorials to take a look at, but check out the playlist below to get started fast!:
The Lilly student developers that won the hackathon last year will run an online interactive lesson to get you up to speed, and started quickly! Attend the online “boot camp” session on 4th November 2016 at 15:00 GMT. Mark your calenders and save the date.
There are number of support options to ensure you successfully complete the hackathon. Make sure you make the most of them!
Coming up with an idea, can sometimes be the most challenging part. To make that easier, we have created some challenges that will hopefully inspire you!
At Lilly, we are passionate about making peoples lives better, so one challenge has been created around the theme of health. Elanco, an animal health division of Lilly, is passionate about closing the hunger gap for the worlds growing population.
Of course, you are not tied to one of these ideas, and you can create your own idea with Challenge three.
The following challenge is to inspire ideas for the student hackathon, and drive ideation around the theme of “make life better. Read the overview below, and click "read more" to see the use cases.
Lilly is committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs. We are passionate about our continued pursuit to make life better for individuals, communities, and the world around us.
This is a blank space, you come up with your own idea. Remember to tie this to a need that you have identified, as this will be important.
Successful Hackathon competition entries (approximately ten (10) competition entries) will be shortlisted for the final interview stage. Invitations to the final interview stage will be made through the relevant university placement office. It is a condition of entry to the Hackathon competition that you will be available to take part in the final interview stage on 6th or 7th of December 2016 and able to travel to our office in Windlesham, Surrey if you are selected and shortlisted for the final interview stage.
In order to take part in the Hackathon competition you must be a UK based undergraduate studying a discipline of IT, and eligible for a UK IT placement as part of your Sandwich degree commencing in 2017..
Additionally, you must have an appropriate work permit/authorisation (visa) and be eligible to work in the UK. Any student placement offer will be conditional upon your providing evidence of eligibility to work in the UK.
You may enter the Hackathon competition as an individual or in pairs (two persons). If you enter the competition in pairs please note that the final stage of assessment (final interview stage) will assess individual capability and any student placement offers Lilly decides to make after the final interview stage will be made on an individual basis only.
We have provided a full breakdown on how your work will be scored, which is available in box 5. "Scoring" of the Timeline in the "Welcome to the Hackathon section of the site".
Once you have completed building your app, you will create a short video using “Screencastify” to introduce the idea, and to demo the working app. You can find more guidance on how to create your video by viewing “Submit”, which can be found in the Hackathon: Getting Started” section of the site. Only working code counts! Your video will be less than five minutes. You will upload the video to YouTube, mark it as unlisted (so it isn’t searchable by others), and then send the link to us at the following email address: email@example.com. Submission of your video will be required by midnight on the 13th November 2016. Please note, Lilly is not responsible for YouTube or the terms and conditions of use, so please review those separately.
By submitting your competition entry to us you confirm that you have all the requisite permissions to use any intellectual property rights in your app, including any third party intellectual property rights and you confirm that your app does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights. You can use open source code to start building your app. But you are responsible for being able to get it work, as well as explaining how your app works. You can integrate with other technologies to create “mashups” (e.g. FitBit API).
A full list of terms and conditions can be found here: terms and conditions.
You have a supervisor who will meet with you weekly to discuss your progress and any issues. You also have the agile1 team who meet with you monthly to make sure everything is going ok. You will also be appointed a mentor, who will be someone from another team, to support you with other items for example coaching on how to develop your career
Potentially yes, depending on your team and supervisor. For example, if you need to stay home one morning to let the plumber in.
Many students take over tenancies from other students. There are also local estate agents that can help you look around. Most students find housemates during the ‘Familiarisation Day’ before you start, which usually takes place around April/May.
The date varies, but normally at the start of July
At Lilly, its smart casual wear. This means trousers and shirts for men and something that bridges the gap between relaxed daily wear and strict business attire for women. We also have casual Fridays where you can wear jeans.
Yes, there is an onsite car park. At all Lilly offices there are onsite car parks to use free of charge. There are plenty of spaces available and you won't be left without one. There is also a work minibus that travels from local stations to Erl Wood and Lilly House. This allows you to save money on petrol and car parking. It also allows you live further afield.
No, there is no expectation that you need to do anything before you start. A sufficient knowledge of Microsoft packages will be sufficient in all roles and any interest in particular technologies may be useful in interviews.
Working hours at Lilly are usually 9-5 but you may be allowed to start earlier and finish earlier depending on your team and supervisor, as long as 7.5 hours are done per day. As well as these hours you will be entitled to 25 days holiday excluding the 7 UK holidays. These are paid holidays and are available to take at any time during your time with us on your placement year.
There is a huge student community involved at Lilly, whether it’s before, during or after the application process there is a community of students. Get to meet current students you will be replacing at all the events like interviews, presentations and familiarisation days. Whilst at work you can meet new people that have worked at Lilly for many years and also collaborate with your own peers with new projects and work.
There are also activity areas including two table tennis tables, pool table, foosball table to use at your leisure. These are also accompanied by 2 squash courts a fully equipped gymnasium for the active student. There are also quieter seating areas and small rooms to go and have 1 on 1 chats with peers and colleagues and study time at your discretion. Students tend to meet up with the rest of the community and eat together in the canteen. There is also activities setup and ran by Lilly colleagues such as football, knitting and yoga.
Outside of work there are plenty of chance and areas to meet up with anyone from work or outside work. Basingstoke has pubs and bars to enjoy the night time that suits the students well as well as having good commutable links with Reading, Winchester and even London for any tourists. It’s also offers many gyms including an Anytime Fitness, Sports Centre and other activities within short distances of the town centre.
At Lilly, we embrace diversity and have employees from all over the world. You can find out more here: https://www.lilly.com/About/Diversity/diversity.aspx