Eight students help us unlock our abilities to be a better company
Our Upper Providence R&D Hub welcomed 8 student interns for a 9-month assignment and the result was truly inspiring.
Making the transition from school to career is a challenge for many young adults entering the workforce. For Colin, Tommy, Michael, Will, Justin, Kacie, Nicole & Kiaya, this challenge was made easier with the help of our colleagues in GSK’s Upper Providence R&D Hub and the Project Search Program.
Project Search, founded by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996, places young adults with special needs in companies to help them to gain real-life work experience as they transition out of school and into a business environment. Their placements could range from working in IT, catering, facilities, and/or operations.
The program, which has been in place for over four years at our global headquarters in London, helps us become a disability-confident company and is a catalyst for improving disability confidence with our employees, both at work and within their communities. GSK was the first private-sector employer in the UK to run such a program, and Upper Providence is our first US site to take part.
"The passion these students brought to our team was contagious and their talent truly contributed to our success. The goal of the program was to help the students, but they helped us just as much," said Caroline Perry, director of Clinical Development, Infectious Disease and Program Coordinator. "They reminded us why it is so important to be an inclusive company. A reminder that will stay with us beyond their nine-month assignment."