External Affairs Assistant (sandwich placement)

When meeting us, you’ll quickly find out we are united in our belief that the best thing about the ABI is the people.

We’re proud to be one of Rate My Placement’s top employers and have four placement year opportunities starting in Summer 2021. This one is in our External Affairs team.

What’s the job?

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.

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.

  • Undertaking 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. Crazy golf, quizzes and chocolate tasting are just a few examples.

What skills do I need?

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 current affairs and politics – even if you haven’t worked in this area before.

Other than being eligible to complete a placement year as part of your degree course starting in Summer 2021, 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/


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, inclusive and thriving sector, our industry is helping Britain thrive with a balanced and innovative economy, employing over 300,000 individuals in high-skilled lifelong careers, two-thirds of which are outside of London.

The UK insurance industry manages investments of over £1.7 trillion, pays nearly £12bn in taxes to the Government and powers growth 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.

Founded in 1985, the ABI represents over 200 member companies providing peace of mind to households and businesses across the UK, including most household names and specialist providers.

The ABI’s role is to:

  • Get the right people together to help inform public policy debates, engaging with politicians, policymakers and regulators at home and abroad;

  • Be the public voice of the sector, promoting the value of its products and highlighting its importance to the wider economy and society;

  • Help encourage consumer understanding of the sector’s products and practices; and

  • Support a competitive insurance industry, in the UK and overseas.

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. 


Role posted - 2020-10-08T15:33:00Z 4:33pm, 8th Oct 2020 BST