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Student interns participating in the program are employees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Pharmacy or the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. Although all student interns are provided the opportunity to shadow pharmacists in areas they would like to explore, they will primarily work with one preceptor and will be based in one of the following areas:
- Critical care
- Home infusion
- Pharmacy information systems
- Pharmacy administration
Note: All positions may not be offered each year and a vehicle may be needed, based on the student intern’s assigned location.
Learn more: Pharmacy area descriptions
The Internship program usually starts the week after students finish school and concludes the week before students return to school. The student should be able to commit to complete a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks. All Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) requirements should be completed before or after the internship program. The latest start date is the first week of June.
Student interns assume a paid, full time position, working 40 hours per week, possibly including weekend, evening and holiday hours. The projects and daily tasks assigned to student interns are not uniform and can vary greatly between each area. Assignments and scheduled hours are determined by the preceptor.
Pharmacy and Clinical Practice
In non-administrative positions, the time devoted to technical proficiency, learning medication use policies and distributive functions averages ~70% of the student intern’s schedule. Primary emphasis includes safe medication in the drug distribution system, intravenous compounding services, controlled substance distribution, and drug policies.
Clinical practice accounts for ~30% of the student intern’s schedule. Activities include, but are not limited to the following: Journal Club, pharmacist discussions, resident discussions and Continuing Education presentations. The student intern may also attend lectures, meetings, and discussions, as approved by their preceptor. Additionally, student interns are provided the opportunity to shadow pharmacists in areas they would like to explore.