Communications & Government Affairs

Please note, this advert contains different positions we are recruiting for across Communications. When you apply you will be able to select location preferences. We will accommodate your preference where possible.

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Communications and Government Affairs


Reference Number: 3018e


Salary: Competitive


Degree Requirements: You are on track to obtain a third or higher in a Business-related, Humanities or English 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 will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.


Location: GSK House, Brentford, Ware, Worthing


Duration: 1 year (approximately)


Detailed Description of the roles:


Role 1: Communications & Government Affairs


A placement in Communications and Government Affairs (CGA) could entail a placement in the Communications team, the Government Affairs and Policy team or the Global Health 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.

You might also get to do a placement in the Government Affairs and Policy team, also part of CGA. The Government Affairs and Policy team supports all parts of GSK by delivering high quality government affairs and creating impactful public policies. We identify political and environmental trends and develop strategies to maximise advantage for the business. We support Corporate Executive Team members, Senior leaders and Local Operating Companies engaging with governments.

This placement provides the opportunity to an industrial placement student to learn how we support the businesses by understanding the needs of our Governmental and other stakeholders and provide the opportunity to get an understanding of the external environment that GSK operates in as well as the political decision-making processes.

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.

Location: GSK House – Brentford


Role 2: Communications

Our Communications Officer will support the Site Communications team to create clear and consistent messages using multiple communication platforms. They will have a creative flair to design innovative communications for internal employees and external stakeholders.

The purpose of our internal communications function is to keep employees at all levels informed of change, performance and progress, to embed the culture, mindset and behaviours demanded by our values and to share and celebrate our successes.  As a result, employees should be able to understand and advocate our site and our company priorities while still being able to see a clear line of sight from their own personal contribution to the wider performance and progress of the business.


Key deliverables of role:

  • Drafting news stories, case studies and features for internal and external communications channels from digital to print.
  • Writing, designing and giving presentations
  • Coordinating employee engagement events and activities
  • Preparing internal, narrative-led campaigns and visitor/external stakeholder material from brochures, videos etc.
  • Managing, designing and writing employee intranet pages
  • Coordinating the filming and editing of internal employee engagement films
  • Using tools and techniques for adopting continuous improvement and change management
  • Working with community partnerships and corporate responsibility teams to build employee understanding and involvement in our work with various philanthropic projects
  • Ambassador for corporate brand architecture and its use in dynamic visual media
  • Interpersonal and influencing skills, including stakeholder management and business partnering with senior stakeholders
  • Coaching, giving and receiving effective feedback
  • Matrix team-working skills (working across boundaries with colleagues located remotely or in different functions)


Desirable requirements:

 Skills in project management, event management, strong editorial and writing skills

Knowledge in photography and/or video editing or design


Location: Ware, Worthing (penicillin site)

Additional Details: The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in November and December 2019


Closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th October 2019


We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date.  


Applications will closed when we have filled our assessment centre dates.


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 2020!

1.       Eligibility Form

2.       Online Assessment

3.       Application Form

4.       Assessment Centre​

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