Hello, my name is Emily Jenkins and I am a Business and Economics graduate from the University of Stirling, Scotland. I began my journey at GSK as a pharmaceutical marketing intern during the summer of my penultimate year at university as an undergraduate (2015), and am now on GSKs Commercial Management graduate scheme. During the internship I worked in the vaccines department and was on the marketing team for GSK’s flu vaccine. My main project involved working with the marketing and multichannel teams to update the webpage for Fluarix Tetra, which was really challenging but also extremely interesting.
If I had to think of three highlights of the internship, these would be the following:
Gaining experience in a professional environment
this was my first professional job and gave me a great insight into the work that takes place at GSK, as well as the opportunities that are available for graduates.
Making a differenceduring the internship I never thought I would be given responsibility for redesigning a web page, or making small changes to some of the campaign material that would ultimately end up in medical practices across the UK. I felt like my work really made a difference, and this made me feel extremely valued and part of the team.
Networking with GSK employeesOver the course of the internship, we were really encouraged to network with employees across GSK. It was great to be able to meet so many different people and to hear their stories. This also opened my eyes to the opportunities available at GSK, and ultimately confirmed my decision that I wanted to pursue a career at GSK.
So, my advice to anyone who is thinking about applying for a summer placement at GSK would be to go for it! Summer placements are a great way for you to test the water and see if a career in pharmaceuticals is for you. In my case, after the internship I was offered a place on GSK’s Commercial Management graduate scheme, so summer placements are also a great starting point for a future career at GSK.