External Communications and Government Affairs Undergraduate at Pfizer

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Tadworth Greater London
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Administration/Secretarial Media Pharmaceutical Politics Public Relations

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Supporting the comms and government affairs team in the drafting of media materials, leading on interviews, helping to uphold the company's reputation, managing the press office, etc.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I loved my placement. The team was fantastic and I was given a lot of responsibilities and the experiences I had allowed me to develop a number of skills.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valuable by my colleagues, with the entire team treating me like family. I knew I could rely on them for help with anything - professionally and personally.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My supervisor was great. We met every two weeks to ensure I was given as much exposure to different subjects as possible and to provide me with constructive feedback.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Extremely busy. I used to work 9-6pm everyday, not so much because I was asked to but because I genuinely had so much to do. It was great because there was never a dull moment and I was constantly working on several projects at once.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

A lot, probably a lot more than an undergraduate should be given. By month 3 I was running three projects alone whilst providing support to the rest of the team.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I gained will without a doubt help me in any future role. I was able to develop my project and time management skills, I work as part of a team as well as alone and gained a great insight to what it is like to work in a pharmaceutical company. I also realised that this is the career path I would like to pursue.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was great. The team and the department are very friendly with colleagues always laughing and making you feel at home.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Not very well organized. No handover was given at the beginning of the placement, I was not given a placement supervisor for the first 3 months or even a contact in HR who I could speak to about these issues.

The processes need to be improved.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They invested quite a lot. I went to several courses outside of Pfizer as well as inside, to expand my skills. I was always encouraged to attend courses, talks and events that could enhance my skills.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Really appealing. Currently applying for a full time position within it.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes. Even though Pfizer is in the middle of the countryside, colleagues tried to have monthly 'team night outs' and undergraduates were always meeting up for drinks and events after work.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Cost was high! £400 to £500 for a room, and drinks and food expensive, especially if you go out in London.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Non existent. Surrey barely has a nightlife. Definitely needed to go to London to have a proper night out.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes. A lot of Gyms, country clubs, charities and volunteer work outside Pfizer. Pfizer itself also runs its own volunteer programmes and gives you 5 working days to be used for volunteering.