Global Challenge: Steak and procurement in Buenos Aires

GlaxoSmithKline Procurement Internship Buenos Aires


My second day in Buenos Aires I started at GSK and was met by Cecilia Linskens. Cecilia is a procurement manager and is whom I will be supporting throughout my internship. Over the last two weeks I have had a great insight into the structure of GSK’s procurement department, learning about the local and global networks in place throughout the company. I have been supporting Cecilia on a particular project regarding the restructuring of GSK’s use of marketing agencies, with particular attention on Brazil. I have been working with Cecilia on putting together a presentation comparing two agencies. In this task I have worked on preparing quantitative and qualitative data to compare the different companies. This has enabled me to learn about how excel is used to collect and show data and how GSK presents this information.


I feel I am gaining valuable experience in basic functions of business and am looking forward to seeing this particular project through. Outside of work I have also been enjoying lots of new experiences, I have started learning Spanish and am trying to have regular lessons. I have met people from across the world and am enjoying exploring the city in the evenings and at weekends.


During the last few weeks I have continued to support Cecilia with a range of tasks. I have created files showing agency costs and rates, created a talent profile questionnaire and analysed data for the continuing Brazil Agency Project. Being able to work so closely with a senior manager on an on going project has allowed me to have an in depth insight into GSK´s business processes and strategy in procurement. As the weeks have gone on I have found my workload has increased as I have become more competent and informed. Much of my work has gone on to be used and sent to other senior managers within GSK, which has given me satisfaction in the work I have produced.

Outside of work I am continuing to enjoy the city and culture, Buenos Aires is a city for food lovers so I have enjoyed testing out people’s recommendations and searching out the best steak!

Annie Miller

MY Internship in China – Final Blog

Chirpy Dragon7End of my internship…


After almost two months of hard work and intense learning from my teammates and doctors, it’s my time to return to UK for my final year. I have developed great deal of personal skills including communication, planning, organisation, problem solving and cultural awareness on an international scale. Most importantly, I made new friends and improved my Mandarin. In retrospect, I developed more understanding on the prospect of China and their working ethics. Altho
ugh being Chinese ethnically, I received western education most of my life, so this was a good chance for me to re-evaluate myself as a Chinese and Hong Kong citizen. I hope more international development projects are introduced in China to improve people’s livelihood and there would be more
people like myself and Doctor Li who are educated overseas while contributing back to China to improve the country in different ways.

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Week Four as an Intern in China

Managing the operational project from the whole Chirpy Dragon project was my responsibility. In previous blog, I mentioned that I was communicating with three primary schools in facilitating the project run down. My project was to investigate the role of media such as advertisement on child obesity, and its risk factors in order to develop grounds for policy making in China; Particularly in Guangzhou, being one of the most developed cities in China. Successfully promoting such health policy in Guangzhou will have significant impact in the whole China in the coming years as the Chinese government are focusing more on the improvement of quality of life in China.
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