Hometown: Liphook, Hampshire

During his time at QMU, Peter Jacobs, has  benefitted from a a world-class communications internship with global healthcare company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), thanks to the Saltire Foundation.

The prestigious Saltire Foundation programme, ‘Saltire Scholars’, opens the door of the world's leading companies to some of Scotland's most talented students and provides them with an unparalleled chance to engage with global thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Peter spent nine weeks as part of the communications team at GSK in Worthing, West Sussex, where he will be working on internal communication and community engagement projects.

"Overall, it’s been a great journey for me. Working for a company that saves lives has really opened my eyes to the world of pharmaceuticals. It has given me a lot to think about for the future and what career path I would like to follow. The internship has allowed me to learn new transferrable skills and make new connections."
Peter Jacobs

I’m very grateful for the opportunity I was given by the Saltire Foundation. Before my internship I had no idea of what to expect and generally had very little idea of what happened within GSK. Being honest I was slightly nervous about the idea of working for a company as big as GSK and the thought had crossed my mind that I would end up as an office coffee boy, as many of my friends are currently experiencing.

However, I can say now that my experience at GSK fully exceeded every expectation that I had. It was a personal journey for me and it was great to work with so many nice people who were willing to take time out of their day to help me with my project even when they all had a million and one other things to do.

Overall, it’s been a great journey for me. Working for a company that saves lives has really opened my eyes to the world of pharmaceuticals. It has given me a lot to think about for the future and what career path I would like to follow. The internship has allowed me to learn new transferrable skills and make new connections.”

Peter hopes to pursue a career in events after completing his degree at QMU.

Peter blogged about his internship experience with GlaxoSmithKline on the Saltire Foundation website. You can follow Peter’s journey here: http://saltirefoundation.thegither.com/#/blog/peter.jacob