External Affairs Assistant (placement year)

Company/ Firm Name

Association of British Insurers


London, UK/Hybrid

Published Date

2 November 2021

About the job:

We’re looking for an External Affairs Assistant to join us for their sandwich placement year.

Your team is made up of a press office and public affairs team who deal with some of the biggest issues facing the UK economy. If you’re interested in media, current affairs and politics, this is the perfect internship to get you real-world, meaningful experience. To find out more from some of our previous interns, visit: https://www.abi.org.uk/about-the-abi/careers/our-people/

We’re one of Rate My Placement’s Best Student Employers for the second year running. Head to our profile to read our reviews https://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/company-profile/4551/association-of-british-insurers

Please note this is a 12-month fixed term contract and is being offered as a sandwich placement starting in Summer 2022.

Your role:

During your time with us, you will:

  • Support and assist press and public affairs colleagues in monitoring, research and stakeholder mapping.

  • Compile internal and external updates and newsletters including monitoring notes for an internal audience and weekly member newsletter

  • Coordinate responses to MP letters and inquiries on matters relating to insurance and long-term savings.

  • Complete administrative tasks associated with the successful running of a busy public affairs team and press office such as arranging member meetings, updating stakeholder maps and activity logs, and dealing with enquiries to the team.

  • Undertake political research - producing biographies of parliamentarians, researching political interests of key parliamentarians.

Why the ABI?

  • You’ll gain real-life work experience and make a meaningful contribution to the ABI’s work – you’re part of a friendly, supportive team from day one.

  • You’ll receive regular guidance to support your development through one to ones with your line manager and our performance review process.

  • You have endless learning opportunities – whether it’s getting involved in a project, attending one of our learning events or joining a training course – we’ll help you make the most of your time with us.

  • Diversity and inclusion is important to us. We’ve designed our recruitment process to be as inclusive and fair as possible and have done a huge amount of work to ensure our workplace supports diversity.

  • You can join in the social side of ABI life – our Sports and Social and Health and Wellbeing committees arrange activities outside of work.

We’re looking for:

You don’t need any prior work experience and we don’t ask for you to be studying a specific degree, however you may find your area of study lends itself to a particular placement year opportunity. This role suits someone with a keen interest and good basic knowledge of current affairs and politics. This is a brilliant internship to get you real-world, corporate experience that will provide you with lots of great experience.

Other than being eligible to complete a placement year as part of your degree course starting in Summer 2022, we’re looking for people who are self-motivated, hard-working and can communicate effectively with a range of people.

Throughout the interview and assessment process, we will be looking for you to demonstrate the ABI’s values; We are Brave; We take Ownership; We are Appreciative; We are Human and We are Curious. For more information about what these mean to us, please visit: https://www.abi.org.uk/about-the-abi/careers/our-values/

At the ABI, we feel empowered to bring our whole self to work without fear of judgment and embrace all our differences as every voice matters. To find out more about the work we do on inclusion, please visit our website and Vercida page

How can I apply?

The deadline for applications is 21 November 2021. If we get a lot of applications, we may have to close the job early so please apply at your earliest convenience.

You can find out how we use your personal information by reading our candidate Privacy Notice: https://www.abi.org.uk/about-the-abi/careers/abi-candidate-privacy-notice/.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer and as such, we:

  • Are partnered with Vercida who provide an accessible website accredited by The Shaw Trust. Our jobs can be viewed on Vercida here.

  • Are committed to making reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process as required for disabled candidates. To discuss in more detail, please contact careers@abi.org.uk. We will also check this with you should you be invited to interview

  • Offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a role. If you believe this may apply to you, you will be able to indicate this on your application form. Please note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate for us to interview all disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. In certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, we may need to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people.

About us:

The Association of British Insurers is the voice of the UK’s world-leading insurance and long-term savings industry. A productive and inclusive sector, our industry supports towns and cities across Britain in building back a balanced and innovative economy, employing over 310,000 individuals in high-skilled, lifelong careers, two-thirds of which are outside of London.

Our members manage investments of over £1.7 trillion, collect and pay over £16 billion in taxes to the Government and support communities across the UK by enabling trade, risk-taking, investment and innovation.

We are also a global success story, the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

The ABI represents over 200 member companies, including most household names and specialist providers, giving peace of mind to customers across the UK.

If you would like to know more about the ABI and the work we do please visit www.abi.org.uk. You can find us on LinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram too.