Pharmacy Students

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:

Last Updated July 27, 2015