Sadly my 3 month internship at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has come to an end. I would like to share my experiences and work with you in this blog post.
The ABPI is the trade body for the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, they set the code of practice for the industry among other things. During my internship, I worked within the Education team, helping to create resources for their schools website (www.abpischools.org.uk). This website makes exciting interactive educational resources, which include information on the latest cutting edge research. Although these resources are primarily aimed at school students- they are equally useful to anyone with an interest.
Here is an example diagram I produced for this resource.
My internship gave me an increased appreciation for the importance of science communication. Websites like this are key, as they bridge the gap between researchers and the public. It is vital that the latest research is communicated to the public. This is especially important for research funded by research councils (which are funded by public money). In my opinion, these resources also inspire the next generation to engage with science and hopefully continue into further study.
In summary, this internship was a great experience. It enabled me to gain experience in science communication and gain insight into the pharmaceutical industry. Getting some distance from academia also allowed me to get a better understanding of the different jobs available for PhD graduates outside of the lab and academia!