Political Affairs Filton Graduate 10369933
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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of
around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European
leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest
space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. Our people work with passion and
determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and
experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in
Description of the job
Internships are available at Airbus in the UK offering exciting opportunities to work in a challenging, dynamic and multicultural
The successful applicants will be part of a small public affairs team which handles government relations with key stakeholders
for the company, namely senior internal management team, members of parliament, assembly members and civil servants.
The department has a wide-ranging and responsive role, so you can expect to be involved in a variety of activities during the
placement, providing a greater understanding with the link between theoretical and practical politics.
Some typical activities are outlined below.
¤ Providing support for the Public Affairs team in the UK, including the Senior Vice President, Airbus and the Head of Public
Affairs Defence and Helicopters, as well as other members of the wider senior Airbus in the UK management team in terms of
¤ Where necessary, attend policy and committee hearings in Parliament and, on occasions, attend events in Parliament and the
¤ Provide co-ordination support for stakeholder mapping and management.
¤ Assist with VIP visits to Airbus sites, event planning and implementation of public affairs events.
¤ Assist with the preparation of quarterly Parliamentary Newsletters sent to all parliamentarians.
¤ Production of weekly political update for senior management.
Public Policy research
¤ Prepare public affairs reports
¤ Providing a tracking and monitoring service of key public policy developments which may affect the company eg general
Government policy, defence and innovation policy, manufacturing, skills and training, legislation and exports
¤ Analysing policy developments and preparing briefings for internal and external company use
¤ Preparing presentations on public policy issues
The position would suit someone who has knowledge of and a keen interest in political affairs. If applying for the London
placement, a keen interest in defence is also desirable. All applicants should be able to work well in a team, be self-motivated
and know how to use their own initiative. The successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate good communication
skills including the ability to write clearly and simply, have a polite and professional telephone manner, knowledge of Microsoft
Office tools, be familiar with the internet and able to work to deadlines. Holding a clean, full driver’s licence is desirable but not
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following assets
¤ Be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement
¤ Knowledge of political affairs
¤ Use of own initiative
¤ Able to communicate in clear and professional manner
¤ Ability to write clearly and accurately
¤ Excellent use of English and numeracy
¤ Able to produce high quality work
¤ Ability to work in a team
¤ Self-motivated and enthusiastic
¤ Well organised
¤ Studying at degree level in Politics, International Relations, Economics, Government Relations, Public Policy (or a combined
degree including one of these)
¤ Interest in current affairs
¤ An interest in defence if applying for the London placement
Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments to allow you to access and participate fully in the recruitment
process. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary
aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc.
Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications
irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.
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