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Can Pharmacy students

get an internship?

UW Pharmacy Admissions


The UW School of Pharmacy recommends that applicants have some sort of pharmacy experience. Their web site says:

"Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to have some pharmacy experience, either as a volunteer or employee. Applicants who are unable to gain pharmacy experience are encouraged to consult with several pharmacists regarding the profession (e.g., what it involves, career opportunities, current issues and challenges, etc.). Prospective applicants may find useful information on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy."

UW School of Pharmacy, Admission Application Criteria



"Official" pharmacy internships are restricted to students in a doctoral program, so the options for students trying to get into pharmacy school are:

  1. Volunteer at a pharmacy. Not all pharmacies accept volunteers. See below for more information.
  2. Get a Pharmacy Assistant job. See below for more information.
  3. Get a Pharmacy Technician job, which requires Pharmacy Technician certification. The coursework required for a Pharmacy Tech certificate does not transfer to the pharmacy program at UW.



The UW Medical Center has some volunteer positions in their pharmacy. Students can also contact their retail or hospital pharmacy of choice and inquire about volunteer positions. Bellevue College may be able to offer internship credit depending on the particular situation.

For more information about volunteering at the UW Medical Center:

Pharmacy Assistant


As an example, listed below is a job advertisement for a Pharmacy Assistant job at King Country Public Health Department. Some Pharmacy Assistant jobs require certification through the Washington State Board.


Position Title: Pharmacy Assistant
Employer: King Country Public Health Department

Class Summary:
The responsibilities of this classification include providing support services to a Pharmacist by filling orders for drugs and vaccines.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This classification is the first level within a two-level classification series. This classification is distinguished from the second level, Pharmacy Technician, in that the incumbent is responsible for filling orders, and work is performed under supervision while the Pharmacy Technician is responsible for assisting a Pharmacist in dispensing individual prescriptions.

Essential Duties: (May vary by position.)

  • Fill orders for drugs and vaccines requested by Seattle/King County Department of Public Health clinics and other health facilities.
  • Maintain inventory control and purchase, receive and place in stock all drug and pharmacy supplies.
  • Re-package and label prescribed medications for health clinics.
  • Maintain and monitor records for credits, returns and outdated drugs from health facilities and return outdated merchandise and recalled drugs to manufacturers.

Knowledge/Skills: (May vary by position.)

  • Knowledge of standard office policies and procedures.
  • Basic mathematics calculation skills.
  • Data entry and basic personal computer skills.
  • Organization skills.
  • Communication skills (oral and written).
  • Skill in working in a team environment.
  • Skill in meeting deadlines and managing time constraints.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:


  • $13.53 - $17.15 hourly
  • $1,082.40 - $1,372.00 biweekly
  • $2,345.20 - $2,972.67 monthly
  • $28,142.40 - $35,672.00 annually