Political Affairs Internship

  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 16

Position description

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. 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 space. 



Start date: 6th July 2020

Location: Broughton, North Wales; Filton, Bristol; and London

Duration: 13 Months


To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our internships give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

Internships are available at Airbus in the UK offering exciting opportunities to work in a challenging, dynamic and multicultural organisation.

The successful applicants will be part of a small public affairs team which handles government and parliamentary relations with key stakeholders for the company, namely senior internal management team, members of parliament, assembly members, local government 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.



During this internship, the activities you may undertake will include;


Political Relations

  • Providing support for the Public Affairs team in the UK, including the Senior Vice President and the Head of Public Affairs, Air Transport and Helicopters, as well as other members of the wider senior Airbus in the UK management team in terms of executive briefings.
  • Where necessary, attend policy and committee hearings in Parliament and, on occasions, attend events in Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
  • Provide co-ordination support for stakeholder mapping and management.
  • Assist with VIP visits to Airbus sites, event planning and implementation of public affairs events.
  • Manage and update UK Public Affairs website.
  • 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


Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.


One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It … Count!

Our Internships are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • 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, History (or a combined degree including one of these)
  • Interest in current affairs
  • An interest in defence if applying for the London placement


Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

Application instructions

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