Elliott Gray, Intern at Porterhouse Medical reflects on his recent work experience.
I’m now five months into my one-year internship at Porterhouse Medical, and I couldn’t be enjoying it more.
Although I’ve always enjoyed science, I knew that a lab-based placement year wouldn’t be for me. However, I recognised that taking a year out from my studies would still be an opportunity to try something new. Outside of academic study I’m very sociable and enjoy engaging with other people, and so a role in medical communications seemed like a natural fit for me.
As an intern, I work across both the accounts and the editorial teams, which is great because it gives me experience of both project management and medical writing. At Porterhouse, they believe the best way to learn is to throw you straight into the deep end, and from day one I was involved in developing slide decks for our clients. Although things seemed a little daunting at first, the support network here is amazing and helps to ensure that no-one feels like they’re ‘drowning’!
Five months down the line, I have organised a conference in Rome, written news articles for websites and calculated budgets for several new projects with our clients, just to name a few jobs! I have been involved in projects from start to finish, and have already gained a great understanding of how an award-winning medical communications agency operates.
Porterhouse’s Silver accreditation from Investors in People demonstrates the company’s commitment to staff training and development. This is in no small part due to the training that we regularly receive from both internal staff members (during monthly ‘Porterhouse Presents’ sessions) and external companies. Frequent meetings with our line managers also ensure that we feel comfortable and drive our personal development.
What makes Porterhouse stand out for me is how much the company promotes a great work–life balance. Everyone looks forward to the monthly company socials – from murder mysteries to masquerade balls – which are always a great laugh! As I’m only with Porterhouse for a year, I’ve thrown myself into every opportunity to engage with my colleagues outside of work, including joining the running club and attending book (and wine!) club meetings. My continued commitment to encouraging staff involvement at socials has even earned me the position of new social secretary!
I’ve learned so much in the past few months already and expect to learn a lot more over the remainder of my internship. Although starting university again for final year will be a shock to the system, I will be armed with the skills I’ve developed at Porterhouse, and will always have the support and friendships I’ve made here to encourage me.
I will definitely apply for a role in medical communications once I’ve completed my biochemistry degree at the University of Manchester, and would love to return to Porterhouse after I graduate.
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