Communications and Policy Assistant Review

by MSD


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Media scanning for reputation management, flagging anything negative in the press. Calls with PR company/ Government Affairs stakeholders. Internal approval of press kit materials and social media. Work on the internal newsletter. Press Release writing potentially based on the day. Content management working with departments across the UK and Ireland.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Project Management, confidence, time management, stakeholder management, teamwork, professionalism, networking, industry understanding, conflict resolution have all majorly developed. Mixture of hard and soft skills like press release and white paper writing, use of internal processes, social media statistics, data analysis.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Wholly responsible for multiple applications, projects, and tasks, for example Communications around Pride in London 2023, Rabies Awareness Campaign, Internal Newsletter input, Condolence Statement on behalf of the company for The Queen. Co-Lead and project manager of the Early Talent Forum. Core Member of the MSD Rainbow Alliance.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Line Manager continually supported me in my endeavours, whether that is job role specific, company specific, or personal development. Opportunities to get involved with created by MSD across the business.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Positive and supportive. Family-like feel within the student cohort, as well as the wider business. Encouraged to be yourself and to express yourself internally and externally, opportunity to give your opinion and speak up.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 3/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • 100%. Would not change it whatsoever.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at MSD
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend MSD to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to MSD
  • Research industry and have industry specific motivations to apply for the role. Have wider understanding on the diversity and inclusion aspects, portfolio, and internal workings of MSD.

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Placement (10 Months+)

PR & Communications, Pharmaceutical


October 2023

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