Public Affairs Associate - Student Intern

Basic qualifications:

This is a 1 year Student Intern contract with a start date of January 2018

  • Independent thinker who excels at managing against timelines, prioritizing workload, and taking ownership for delivery as appropriate
  • Strong project management
  • Appreciation for autonomy and ability embrace ambiguity
  • Scientific training in the basic sciences (Biology, Pharmacology, etc.) to the BSc. or M.Sc. level
  • Critical & strategic thinker
  • Strong research, time-management and adaptable technology skills
  • Well developed verbal and written communication skills including listening, summarizing, probing, clarifying
  • Ability to influence and build relationships with a wide range of individuals in a matrix environment

Preferred qualifications:

An interest in public policy is an asset, but no formal training or experience is necessary


Required Strengths: Project Management | Strategy

The Public Affairs team at GSK has three broad functions:

  1. It serves as the strategic hub for policy issues of national relevance to our organization and is responsible for broader insight generation

  2. It is the customer face of GSK for Federal Government customers, Patient Advocacy Groups, Professional Organizations and other non-profit organizations.

  3. It serves as operational centre of the Public Affairs and Reimbursement Division and as such is responsible for governance, training requirements and assignments, database maintenance, strategic planning, and data analyses.

As a member of the Public Affairs team, you will: i) work with both internal and field-based GSK employees to identify and assess relevant policy issues, determine the appropriate courses of action and develop the necessary resources to support the initiatives and achieve our shared objectives; ii) assist in the review, provision and reporting of funding for Patient Advocacy Groups, Professional Organizations, and Public Policy Groups as well provide project-related support for these stakeholders as required; iii) help to manage the strategic operations of the division including (but not limited to) supporting key governance initiatives, divisional training requirements, and key performance metrics. This position will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to make good use of their scientific and analytical background while providing invaluable exposure to a broad range of issues and operational units within the organization.

We are searching for a resourceful, decisive, innovative team player to add value to one of Canada's premier pharmaceutical companies. If you are energetic, thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment, are a strategic and career-minded professional with a passion for leadership, and have a focus on solutions and a commitment to outstanding performance, we invite you to apply to our exciting and rewarding role.

In this position you may participate in:

National Public Affairs

  • Regularly monitoring the external (regional, federal, national) environment to identify emerging policies/environmental shifts which have the potential to impact our business
  • Identifying, gathering and reporting insights
  • Performing critical analyses of facts in order to inform our thinking
  • The development of strategies, objectives and tools to assist the organization in addressing the issues
  • Managing scheduled strategic meetings


  • Ensuring the content of our internal policy tools (eg. web portal, briefing notes, and presentations) is current and accurate
  • Assisting in the preparation of presentations (internal & external), reports, briefing notes and in divisional strategic planning process, as appropriate
  • Supporting divisional training
  • Developing and maintaining relevant databases both for internal tracking and external reporting, as appropriate
  • Developing and reviewing key governance documents such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines
  • Cross-functional team projects both within the division and across the broader organization

GSK is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. GSK is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies, please contact us at

[email protected]

Contact information:

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