GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title:

Communications and Government Affairs and Global Health – Industrial Placement Programme, UK – 2022

Degree requirements: You must be studying a Business-related, Humanities or English undergraduate degree.

You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree, but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You may be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year and they are supportive of your placement.

Start date: June 2022

Duration: 1 year (approximately)

Location: GSK House – Brentford

Benefits:

  • A salary of £22,500, plus a bonus

  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development.

Application deadline: Monday 1st November 2021 at 17:00

Once the advert closes, we will no longer be accepting applications.

We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications. 

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Our industrial placements are real roles with real responsibility, where you can gain experience in a purpose-led, performance-driven healthcare business. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

Take the first step in your career

As a science-led, global healthcare company, our image and reputation are incredibly important to us. Communications and Government Affairs (CGA) 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.

A placement in Communications and Government Affairs (CGA) could entail a placement in the Communications team, the Digital team, the Government Affairs and Policy team or the Global Health team. We have a number of placements available in those teams and some teams offer combined roles, so a blend of communications and government affairs roles. You will be attending a combined CGA and Global Health assessment centre and then if successful, be allocated to one of the roles on offer.

Communications team

The Communications team gives GSK a voice. We engage, inspire and inform our employees. Externally, we look after our global brand image and reputation. How do we do this? By coming up with and delivering clear and consistent messages to patients, consumers and doctors, shareholders, investors, partners, the media and the general public.

Our placements offer you the opportunity to work with our various teams to support the communications requirements of the business both internally and/or externally. Whatever your role, you’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from communications colleagues across the business and all over the world.

A communications 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 while also building a network of contacts across the business.

Digital team

A placement in the global digital team within GSK’s corporate communications and government affairs department is an exciting role in which you will help to manage GSK’s global brand image and reputation through its corporate digital platforms. The team is responsible for the GSK.com global corporate web estate and social channels Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

You will work with the team to manage the channels, in the most part our global website (GSK.com) and produce engaging and inspiring content with clear and consistent messaging to support the communications requirements across the business. You will be in contact with people in the UK and across the world, constantly developing your interpersonal skills as well your organisational and problem-solving abilities.

You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from channel and content experts across the business as well as external digital agency partners, while establishing a network of contacts. You will become proficient in web editing, web quality management tools, Google Analytics and running a community on Workplace.

Global Corporate Government Affairs and Policy (GCGAP) team

You might also get to do a placement in the Global Corporate Government Affairs and Policy (GCGAP) team, also part of CGA. The Government Affairs and Policy team supports all parts of GSK by identifying political and environmental trends and developing strategies to maximise advantage, or mitigate risks, for the business.

We focus on those opportunities and risks created by the decisions that governments make, as well as working with multilateral government organisations, civil society groups and industry associations, as they too contribute to, and shape, public policy decisions. This role will support the delivery of projects including by assisting with research and analysis, stakeholder monitoring and providing project management support to the GCGAP team members on fast-moving policy areas.

Global Health team

Finally, you might get to experience being a part of the Global Health team. As a business, we aim to have a high impact on global health by using our scientific knowledge to reduce disease burden, especially on the world’s poorest populations. Our focus is on infectious diseases in children and adolescents in the developing world with particular attention on TB, malaria and HIV/AIDs. The placement in Global Health will allow you to be part of incredible projects, from creating and implementing strategies to making our medicines more accessible in less developed countries to assisting with product donations during disease outbreak or natural disaster. On one day of your placement you may be meeting with various partners to discuss current and future projects such as our healthcare worker programmes and another day you might be drafting a proposal about a potential new project your team have created to improve access to a lifesaving medicine.

Get to grips with our recruitment process

If you have what we’re looking for apply today!

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2022 (starting in June 2022):

Eligibility Form

World of GSK Online Assessment

Application Form

Virtual Assessment Centre

You’ll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website –

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We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

You can learn more about Inclusion and diversity at GSK here.

Need help with your application?

Please email us at  UK.InternRecruitment@gsk.com and let us know how we can help you. Or email us your number and we’ll call you back. We’ll make all reasonable modifications to support you throughout the recruitment process and we’ll treat all information you give us in confidence. Please get in touch to help us process your application as soon as possible.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email ukdiversity.recruitment@gsk.com

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