The National Community Pharmacists Association, and the NCPA Foundation are pleased to sponsor the NCPA Summer Internship Program. The program, conducted at NCPA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, provides a pharmacy student with an excellent opportunity to experience life at a national pharmacy association, while also learning more about the many opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.
The NCPA Summer Intern will spend 10 weeks at NCPA headquarters, beginning in May or June (start date is flexible) and will receive a stipend. The intern may gain up to 350 externship/internship hours toward licensure, depending upon their state Board of Pharmacy regulations.
The Summer Intern will be located in the Management Institute Department and will become acquainted with and also work with several of the other departments in NCPA such as: Communications, Government Affairs, and Membership Services. A five week and a final week report are required. The intern is expected to complete at least one project in a mutually agreed upon area of interest.
The purpose of the summer internship is two-fold:
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Being the 2012 National Community Pharmacists Association’s summer intern was one of the most valuable experiences I had during my first year of pharmacy school. While I had been exposed to the student benefits of NCPA, I knew very little about national pharmacy organizations and pharmacy association management. NCPA graciously opened their doors to me and allowed me to participate in the many services NCPA offers their members, both to their students and independent pharmacy owners. During my 10 week internship I was able to meet with all of NCPA’s leaders, providing the opportunity to learn more about each of their roles within the association. Not only did I meet the most influential community pharmacy leaders, like CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, I was also able to take part in several projects throughout the summer. This provided invaluable hands-on experience as an NCPA team member. Projects ranged from writing concise and easily-understood medication adherence tips for pharmacists to give to their patients to helping with a project tracking mail order pharmacy waste around the country. NCPA headquarters is located just a few metro stops away from Capitol Hill, where I was able to visit and attend meetings involving congressional staff with NCPA lobbyists. Seeing the legislative process in action and witnessing political advocacy for the profession of pharmacy has helped me to appreciate the importance of the less often considered aspects of pharmacy, including governmental affairs. While there was so much to learn at NCPA, there was equally as much to see and do in Washington, DC itself. With so many opportunities and experiences, there is not nearly enough room within this paragraph to share them all! Take the opportunity to apply to find out more about leadership among pharmacists at NCPA!
South Carolina College of Pharmacy- MUSC Campus
PharmD Candidate 2015
NCPA 2012 Summer Intern
The summer internship has been an amazing experience, opening my eyes to dimensions of what pharmacists can do at the association level as well as the possibilities of creating new solutions to healthcare questions. The word team took on a whole new meaning as I partook in meetings that consisted of respected individuals from various associations collaborating together between various medicinal fields. Inspiration, creativity, drive, and determination made up everyday of the internship experience. I cannot highlight enough to a student that if ever the chance arises to participate in this type of capacity to take it, because you never know what incredible possibilities await you. Go capture your dreams!
Summer E. Schroeder
University of New Mexico PharmD Candidate 2010
NCPA Summer Intern
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