PIPS project: Science Communication at ABPI - Summer 2017

Producing content for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry schools website

Background information

Over the years, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has continually added to its award-winning schools website. The site provides teachers and students with high quality, free, curriculum related, interactive resources containing animations and diagrams which can be downloaded. All our resources link science topics covered in school to the world outside and, particularly, to the treatment of disease.

Project offered

The ABPI are seeking a PIPS student to apply their bioscience knowledge in a science communication context. The student will conduct online research and liaise with subject experts to produce written content for online resources for the ABPI schools website. As part of this, the student will also storyboard for animations and diagrams. 
The output of the project will be:
• Content for a new online resource on antimicrobial resistance.
• Updated online resource content for other topics aimed at A-level students (time permitting). 
The student will be working within the Medical, Research & Innovation team and will liaise with colleagues within the ABPI and within our member companies. Should there be any opportunities for attendance at internal meetings or on pharmaceutical site visits, the student will be able to take advantage of these. 
The project will be supervised by Amira Burshan, Education Officer at the ABPI.


The project is to be carried out during summer 2017. A June start date would be ideal, but there is flexibility in this to start early July. 


The project is based at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT. Some home working may be possible.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project is a great opportunity for some science communication experience, and could open up many doors, for example working for a learned society in their education department. Furthermore, through talking with staff at the ABPI, the student will gain a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and why STEM education and skills are so important to the sector.  
Contacts may be developed that could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry.


Expenses will be refunded in line with ABPI standard expenses policy. Travel expenses for commuting into London (if applicable) will be paid.


For more detailed information on the project contact Amira Burshan (aburshan@abpi.org.uk; 0207 747 1420)
For more information on who we are looking for, see the Bring an Intern on Board form. 
A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to Amira Burshan, ABPI. The closing date for applications is Monday 15th May 2017, with interviews w/c 22nd May.

published on: 3rd May 2017