An internship is a great way to broaden your professional experience, learn more about pharmacy, and make connections that will help you after graduation. Whether you want to spend the summer in Iowa or in places like Washington, D.C., Boston, or Chicago, there are diverse opportunities in areas ranging from community and hospital pharmacy to managed care to health policy. Many internships are competitive and have deadlines as early as December, so plan ahead in your search. In addition to information on this page, your Dean’s office may have information on other internship opportunities.

Internship Requirements

Internship hours can be obtained from any of the fifty states. In order to acquire internship hours, you must obtain an intern license from the state you wish to practice. Please note that licensure can vary by state, so please contact the Board of Pharmacy responsible for the state you are interested.
  • For a national listing of Boards of Pharmacy, click here.
  • For information about internship requirements in Iowa, click here.

Association Management

Students interested in learning about association management can find opportunities at the Iowa Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Chain Pharmacies

There are many opportunities available to complete a chain pharmacy internship. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) maintains an extensive page that allows students interested in community pharmacy practice to search for available internships by chain and by state.
  • Walgreens offers both a summer Pharmacy Internship and a Corporate Internship
  • Jewel-Osco offers a Retail Management Internship for pharmacy student
  • CVS Caremark has pharmacy internship programs in both Retail Pharmacy and Mail Order Pharmacy (PBM)
  • Other pharmacy internships offered by chain pharmacies include, but are not limited to: Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, and Target


The Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program allows pharmacy students to spend up to three months interning at divisions of the Public Health Service at sites throughout the United States. Interns may work for federal entities such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Indian Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Health Care Financing Administration, and the Bureau of Prisons.

Managed Care

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy maintains a site with links to information on internships in various areas of pharmacy, including managed care. This list makes it easy to search by state.

Pharmaceutical Industry

Companies like Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly, Merck, and Pfizer offer internships that allow students to see the inner workings of pharmaceutical companies in areas ranging from research and development to management to public relations.

Compiled Lists of Internship Opportunities

Both the Drake University College of Pharmacy and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy maintain lists of internship opportunities. Additional information may be available in your college Dean's office. Other Pharmacy Internship opportunities may be found on the Pharmacy Times Career Center Website.


Pharmacy residencies show a new graduate how to apply coursework to everyday practice, while also demonstrating the many career paths available to pharmacists. Pharmacy residencies give the opportunity to obtain one to two years of organized, directed, intensive training in a specific area of pharmacy practice. Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residencies are a general training in health systems, managed care, or community setting. A Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residency program is more specialized for advanced training.

Examples of different specialty areas include: acute care, oncology, pediatrics, and pharmacy management. You must complete a PGY1 program before applying to a PGY2 program. To see more on why you should consider a residency visit the the ASHP webpage. Students interested in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited residencies must use the ASHP match service, but for other residencies you should contact individual residency coordinators. Good places to look for additional information about residencies in particular fields are national associations’ web pages, national association meetings, and your college Dean's office.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Accredited Residencies

This online directory includes pharmacy practice residency programs in areas like managed care, community care, and home care as well as specialized residency programs in fields such as drug information, infectious disease pharmacy, and nuclear pharmacy. The ASHP accreditation standard provides criteria that programs must meet to receive and maintain accreditation. Although the standard requires experiences in certain core areas, there is room for concentration in a practice area and for additional experiences.

American College of Clinical Pharmacy Directory of Residencies and Fellowships

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy provides a directory of residencies and fellowships. Over 1,000 opportunities are listed in areas such as pharmacy practice, critical care, infectious diseases, primary care, ambulatory care, family medicine, and community pharmacy. ACCP and ASHP have a joint program for accreditation of Pharmacotherapy Specialty Residencies. Also identified are those fellowship training programs that have sought peer review by the ACCP Fellowship Review Committee, and have been recognized as meeting the ACCP Guidelines for Research Fellowship Training Programs.

American Pharmacists Association Community Pharmacy Residency Program

The Community Pharmacy Residency Program was established by the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1986 to foster the development of formal postgraduate education and training experiences for pharmacists in innovative community pharmacy practice settings.

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Directory

This is one resource for students looking for residencies in managed care. Other opportunities may be available by contacting specific companies.

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Residency Directory

This link provides detailed information on geriatric residency opportunities.

Allied Owners Residencies

This listing of multi-site, multi-state community residencies offers community pharmacy residency experiences at independently owned retail pharmacy practices. Residents function as full-time members of a pharmacy staff engaging in direct patient care activities (i.e. dispensing, counseling, screenings), developing innovative services, providing community education, and implementing strategies to expand and create new lines of revenue for the practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical skills for the community setting and pharmacy ownership awareness. This list also provides information about national community pharmacy residency sites and their recruitment status.

Residency Programs in Association Management

Residencies in Iowa

Residency Directories Maintained by Drake and Iowa


Fellowships are individualized, directed, postgraduate research experiences that allow students to collaborate with faculty mentors and become independent investigators in particular areas of pharmacy. Students might pursue fellowships in areas such as health outcomes, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, or specific clinical areas such as ambulatory care, critical care, and oncology. Fellows receive stipends and work at a research setting such as a university or heath care institution. Fellowships last for a predetermined amount of time - usually one or two years.