Communications & Government Affairs

As a science-led, global healthcare company, our image and reputation are incredibly important to us. Communications placement students are an integral part of our team in helping communicate our values, and our product and business developments in a clear and compelling manner.

Communications provides a mouthpiece – both internally and externally – for all of our business functions including Consumer Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development (R&D), Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS), Vaccines, ViiV and Corporate operations. We use a variety of communication tools and channels to deliver a consistent story to all of our audiences.

We have a number of placements available either within the broader communications function or specifically within digital communications or government affairs

Digital communications

What will this placement offer me?

This is an exciting role in which you will help to manage GSK’s reputation with stakeholders and customers.

The digital communications team in our communications department manages GSK's corporate digital channels including GSK.com, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Some of the main activities that the student would get involved in are:

  • Help to develop and maintain the company's external corporate websites
  • Help to monitor and reply to comments and questions in GSK’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Provide expertise and insight into current and future digital communications and technologies
  • Liaise with GSK's digital communications contacts around the world
  • Design and create infographics, interactive elements and edit images and photos

Do I have the skills?

You should be studying for a degree that features digital communications or design; examples include Computer Science, Multimedia, Digital Media, Web Technology, Web Development and Web Design or a combined degree with any of these subjects.

You will have strong digital technology skills and be competent with software and tools used for creating and managing websites and social media. Ideally, you should also have experience of using Content Management Systems and graphic design software and understand responsive design and the role of mobile apps.

The ideal candidate will have already designed and built websites and will be actively using social media, either personally or on behalf of clients.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our headquarters GSK House in Brentford.

When can I start?

Placements start any time between June and September 2018 (start and end dates are flexible for the outgoing and incoming needs of the students and the business). Placements run for twelve months.

How can I apply?

We are now open for applications so apply today.

Communications

What will this placement offer me?

In Consumer Healthcare, you could develop brand campaigns for some of the world's leading household brands including Panadol, Beechams, Sensodyne and Aquafresh. In Pharmaceuticals, you might develop campaigns to raise awareness of our healthcare products and initiatives including the charitable programmes we support to raise healthcare standards globally.

In government affairs you could support the delivery of public policy projects including assisting with research and analysis and providing project management support to GAPPPA team members on fast-moving policy areas, including the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

In corporate communications, you could be enhancing our reputation through reporting or media relations. In ViiV Healthcare’s global communications team you will support the global communications functions for both internal and external audiences. In Global Health Programmes, you will support project managing and communicating on GSKs community programmes in the world’s poorest countries as well as our support for humanitarian crises. A placement in communications offers you so many opportunities.

What will the job involve?

Some of the activities you could be involved in include:

  • drafting news stories, case studies and features for internal and external communications channels
  • writing, designing and giving presentations
  • co-ordinating events and webcasts for internal and external communications activities
  • preparing PR campaigns and events
  • managing, designing and writing employee intranet sites
  • co-ordinating the filming and editing of videos
  • auditing communications activities and making recommendations
  • carrying out research for specific initiatives
  • working with community partnerships and corporate responsibility teams to build understanding of our work
  • project managing programmes to improve health in the world’s poorest countries and supporting with GSKs response to humanitarian crises.

A placement is a great chance to apply the skills you have learned at university in a ‘live’ role and learn new ones. The work will bring you into contact with people across the business, external organisations and the media, so you’ll be constantly developing your interpersonal skills. You’ll also build your organisational and problem-solving abilities.

Do I have the skills?

You should be studying for a degree in business/management, communications, media, PR, journalism, marketing, advertising or any degree with a one-year placement and be on track for at least a 2.1 and have attained a GCSE English grade A*-C. Strong writing skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are also needed.

Your industrial placement should supported by your university.

Where will I be based?

Our communications industrial placement vacancies are based at GSK House or our consumer site in Weybridge.

When can I start?

Placements start any time between June and September 2018 (start and end dates are flexible for the outgoing and incoming needs of the students and the business). Placements run for twelve months.

How can I apply?

We are now open for applications so apply today.

Government affairs

What will this placement offer me?

The Government Affairs team supports all parts of GSK by delivering high quality Government Affairs, creating impactful Public Policy and leading Patient Advocacy activities globally (ex-US). We identify political and environmental trends and develop strategies to maximise advantage for the business. This role will support the delivery of projects including assisting with research and analysis and providing project management support to GAPPPA team members on fast-moving policy areas, including the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. An undergraduate will be expected to bring an open mind, willingness to challenge and a good set of communication skills, both written and oral.

Do I have the skills?

Must be on track for a 2.1 (or above) and have attained a GCSE English grade A*-C. You must be in your penultimate year of university and eligible for undertaking an industrial placement year in any undergraduate degree but a Life Sciences or Political degree is preferable. Strong writing skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are also needed.

Your industrial placement should supported by your university.

Where will I be based?

Our Government Affairs industrial placement vacancies are based at GSK House

When can I start?

Placements start any time between June and September 2018 (start and end dates are flexible for the outgoing and incoming needs of the students and the business). Placements run for twelve months.

How can I apply?

We are now open for applications so apply today.