14 Dec 2021

Finding opportunities: what I learnt as an intern

Sophie Vandenbroucke joined the MHP Mischief Health team as an intern in October, and didn’t know what to expect from the internship. Would it be a cliché where all you do is fetch coffee and sit on the side lines? Not here. Find out about Sophie’s experience, and her plans for the future below.

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I joined the MHP Mischief Health team as an intern in October of this year and have had an incredible experience. As I finish the last week of my internship and of the year, I have some reflections on my time here.

One thing that I hadn’t anticipated about interning with the health team was just how welcoming and warm everyone would be. As a new starter in my first week, I was very nervous and had no idea what was going on. However, each person I worked with was patient and kind and gave me the time to learn and ask questions. With each new task I was given, I became more and more confident in my work and developed new skills which I could apply to the next challenge. As time went on, by my second week, I got the hang of the workflows and programmes and became much faster at completing tasks as well.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the internship is the variety of accounts I’ve been able to work on. Most permanent members of staff, whether they are Account Executives or Account Directors, all work across multiple accounts simultaneously. One account might be a national campaign for a particular drug, or it might involve setting up an international conference with patient groups for a particular disease area. As an intern, I get to help out on any account that needs additional support, which can be anything from stakeholder mapping, to monitoring, to report writing. As a result of this variety, I have learned a lot about the healthcare space in such a short amount of time and have been able to develop my professional writing skills as well in the process.

With such a wide variety of accounts, members of the team are encouraged to voice their preferences for which account they’d like to work on. This means that people with specialised knowledge or interests in certain areas are able to bring their expertise and passion to each account team.

During my time as an intern, I’ve also had the opportunity to attend work socials, including our Health team Christmas lunch a few weeks ago. These events have been a great way for me to meet the team, especially because MHP Mischief is currently operating a part-time WFH system.

Overall, my time as an intern has been a fantastic learning experience and has led to a full-time Account Executive position that I’m starting in January. This is not an internship program where you will be asked to just buy people coffees or get forgotten in the corner – it’s an opportunity to become a part of a dynamic and hardworking team where you can jumpstart your career in health policy and communications.

If you would you like to learn from one of the best health public affairs and comms teams out there then please do get in touch at healthinternships@mhpc.com.

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