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IPA Max W. Eggleston Summer Executive Internship

The Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) Max W. Eggleston Summer Executive Internship Program is a twelve-week program held each year at IPA Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The Executive Internship was developed in 1978 to provide student pharmacists with experience in professional association management. The IPA Max W. Eggleston Summer Executive Internship Program will accept TWO student pharmacist interns, one from each of Iowa’s colleges of pharmacy.


  • To provide student pharmacists with an educational experience in professional association management.
  • To provide student pharmacists with a broad exposure to the professional and educational issues confronting the profession of pharmacy.
  • To support the IPA Foundation through projects related to pharmacy leadership and innovative practice research. 

2024 Timeline
January 15 – Applications Open
March 1 – Application Deadline
March 4 – Interview Notifications Sent
Week of March 11 – Interviews Conducted
March 18 – Selected Intern(s) Notified

Selection of Applicants

Applicants should submit their online application along with a current resume and a writing example to IPA at by March 1.
Selection of applicants shall be the responsibility of a committee composed of the executive staff of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Candidates may be asked to interview for the position. One applicant from Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and one applicant from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will be selected each year (if applicable). The announcement of final selections will be made before April 1st.


During the first two weeks of the internship, the interns will be asked to select a major project for completion throughout the summer. This will be completed in addition to a variety of routine internship projects and responsibilities related to advancing the strategic plan and mission of IPA and the IPA Foundation throughout the twelve-week period.


The IPA Max W. Eggleston Summer Executive Internship Program shall be conducted for a twelve-week period of time during the summer months. During that period, the interns will receive educational instruction in each of the association’s headquarters staff divisions as follows:
  • Public Affairs and Business Development
  • Professional and Educational Affairs
  • Organizational and Administrative Affairs
  • Membership Development
  • Communications and Marketing
  • IPA Foundation

Meeting Attendance

In addition to receiving instruction and experience in the areas listed above, the interns will attend and actively participate in all meetings of the association’s committees, task forces, Board of Trustees, staff, etc. The interns will also attend IPA Foundation Board meetings, legislative committee hearings, Board of Pharmacy meetings, and other meetings related to pharmacy activities.


A competitive stipend for the internship program is provided through IPA and the IPA Foundation.


Contact Emmeline Paintsil at or (515) 270-0713 with any questions about this opportunity. Click here to view a list of past Executive Interns.