A pharmacy intern is a student who works in a pharmacy to gain hands-on experience. These individuals work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists and hospital or store pharmacy managers to ensure that they are performing their job duties correctly. Specific duties performed by pharmacy interns may include weighing, packaging and counting pills, as well as working directly with customers to deliver drug information and respond to questions. The pharmacy intern must ensure that prescriptions are filled properly (that they are the correct amount and dosage), resolve any additional issues with prescriptions and fulfill any additional duties as directed by supervisors; they may also have to contact healthcare providers and answer any of their questions or concerns.
Pharmacy interns must be students at an accredited pharmacy school; some internships may accept students who have been accepted to a pharmacy school but have not yet begun their coursework. These interns must follow all company guidelines related to pharmacy practices and procedures; additionally, they must follow laws and company rules related to patient privacy. The ability to stand for long periods of time is often required for this position, and excellent customer service skills are needed as well. Pharmacy interns generally work in a pharmacy setting; this may include a private company, a public or private hospital, or another healthcare setting.
Pharmacy Intern Tasks
Administer unit doses and intravenous mixture dispensing.
Prepare and dispense drugs and other pharmaceutical supplies.
Provide pharmacy services as a pharmacy student under supervision of a pharmacist.