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Pharmacy Internship (Minnesota)

Mayo Clinic pharmacy students talking with staff pharmacist in a hallway

Program overview

Duration: 10 weeks
Class size: 10-13 students each summer
Location: Rochester, Minnesota

This internship is a comprehensive, educational pharmacy internship that offers in-depth exposure to pharmaceutical services to help you further explore pharmacy as your future career.

The internship is designed to allow interns to:

  • Gain hands-on knowledge of pharmacy operations in either the inpatient or outpatient environment
  • Experience the role of the clinical pharmacist through participation in mini-rotations throughout multiple specialty areas
  • Apply and enhance knowledge gained in the academic setting
  • Engage in activities, including journal club, with current residents
  • Attend a professional development seminar series designed specifically for students
  • Strengthen your presentation skills through the preparation of a formal presentation to your colleagues
  • Shadow practicing pharmacists in areas of interest

To be an eligible candidate for the internship, you must be enrolled in your first or second year of a doctor of pharmacy program within the U.S. that is either accredited or seeking accreditation.

Approximately 10 to 13 individuals are selected each summer for a salaried position in either the hospital/inpatient or clinic/outpatient practice setting. Minnesota Board of Pharmacy internship hours are provided.

If accepted, you will be required to attain registration with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as an intern before the program begins.

Pharmacy interns learn from dozens of Mayo Clinic pharmacist preceptors.

How to apply

The application for the upcoming summer will open Nov. 15. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Jan. 1 of the year you wish to begin the internship.

Incomplete applications and applications that do not follow the specifications outlined below will result in withdrawal of consideration.

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application:

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → select School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → select Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → select Pharmacy Internship
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:                                 
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select "Start an Application"
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want.
    • Click "Continue with Application Selected Above"
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select "Start a New Full Application"

2. Complete the online application. Once you have created an account, you will be able to continue with the application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want using the navigation menu on the left.

  • Program of interest:
    • Review populated data for accuracy.
    • Complete "Reapplying and Education Completed" questions.
  • Personal information:
    • Review populated data.
    • Complete any other fields.
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now.
  • Demographic data:
    • Fill in as necessary.
  • Education:
    • Add education - Do not include high school information
  • Employment:
    • Add work experience.
  • Standardized testing:
    • Not required
  • Professional licensing and registration:
    • Enter any professional licenses you hold.
  • Essay:
    • An essay in this section is not required. Please upload your letter of intent (instructions below) after submitting your application.
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application.
    • Submit your application.

3. Complete the recommendations and supplemental items. After submitting the application, select "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)" and upload all supplemental items under the "Supplemental Items" box:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV). Please upload your curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Letter of intent. Please upload your letter of intent.
    In your letter, please discuss your reason(s) for pursuing an internship at Mayo Clinic and your five-year professional career plan. Please specify which area you want to be considered for hospital/inpatient or clinic/outpatient or either. Failure to list the program will result in your application being withdrawn. Your essay should be at least 400 words but no more than 500.
  • Recommendations. Enter email addresses for 3 individuals who will provide recommendations under the Recommendation Requests. Recommendations will only be accepted through the application system. Your letters should come from 3 individuals who can speak to your qualifications in the pharmacy field, including, but not limited to, faculty members, advisors, and/or employers.

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Supporting documentation. Submit a copy of your official transcript from your pharmacy program postmarked by Jan. 1 to:

Pharmacy Internship
Attn: Garrett Schramm, Pharm.D.
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

5. Selection and interviews. Individuals will be contacted via email upon review of all submitted applications. This will occur no later than the end of January. Final candidates will be asked to schedule a telephone interview within two weeks of notification.

6. Acceptance. Appointments are made no later than March 1. Your reply is expected within one week.

Curriculum

Hospital/inpatient setting

Individuals selected for the internship in the hospital/inpatient practice setting will rotate through two areas of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. These include the central pharmacy at either the Methodist Campus or Saint Marys Campus and the Emergency Department. 

Interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences that may include:

  • Obtaining medication histories from patients being admitted to the hospital from the Emergency Department
  • Preparing and labeling of medications
  • Delivering medications to automated dispensing machines located in patient care areas
  • Working with automated dispensing machines and bar code label machines

Clinic/outpatient setting

Individuals selected for the Pharmacy Internship in the clinic/outpatient practice setting rotate through six outpatient pharmacies located on the Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic. Interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences that may include:

  • Providing patient counseling on medication
  • Working alongside a pharmacist preceptor to gain hands-on experience with reviewing prescription orders and participating in pharmacists' interventions
  • Providing drug information to health care providers
  • Assisting in the preparation and dispensing of prescription orders

Mini-rotations

Throughout the summer, you have the opportunity to work with residents or pharmacist preceptors in a variety of clinical specialties in the hospital and ambulatory care practice settings. Interns may participate in up to three separate two-day mini-rotations. Depending on intern schedules and preceptor availability, additional shadowing experiences may be possible.

Professional development series

A longitudinal series of lectures and discussions designed to enhance the professional development of pharmacy students is an additional component of the Pharmacy Internship.

Examples of previous events include:

  • "Ask the resident" and "ask the residency director" sessions
  • A curriculum vitae review session
  • Tips for preparing a formal presentation
  • How to prepare for a formal interview

Formal presentation

Each intern is expected to prepare a 25-minute presentation for their colleagues during the final week of the internship. The presentation topic is typically at the discretion of the intern. Written and oral feedback is provided to the intern by the audience. Additional instructions and guidance are provided throughout the program.

Hours

Each intern has a unique schedule based on the needs of the assigned work area. Your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. Interns selected should expect to provide evening, weekend and holiday coverage.

While interns may request time away from work, the request may be denied at the discretion of the scheduler, or the intern may be required to work extra days to make up missed time.

Tuition and financial aid

There are no fees to participate in the internship.

You receive a competitive stipend, and Mayo Clinic provides free housing for the duration of the internship.

Director's welcome

Message from Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph., director of the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Internship

You are at an exciting time in your journey toward your future career as a pharmacist. Over the last one to two years, you have built a foundation of pharmacy knowledge through class work. Participation in an introductory pharmacy practice experience or a professional organization has perhaps provided a glimpse of how that knowledge translates into clinical practice.

As your pharmacy experiences continue to grow, so do your options of potential career paths and future practice sites.

Mayo Clinic, one of the largest integrated medical centers in the world, is the practice site for about 240 pharmacists on the Rochester, Minnesota, campus. Pharmacists at Mayo Clinic practice in a variety of areas that support Mayo's commitment to patient care, education and research.

Our pharmacists serve as integral members of the interdisciplinary team in both the ambulatory care and inpatient practice environments. Mayo's commitment to education is demonstrated by the number of preceptors who are dedicated to helping the clinical and professional growth of our interns.

As an intern at Mayo Clinic, you have an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge base through participation in the day-to-day operation of our pharmacies. You also witness how every individual at Mayo Clinic contributes to our primary value, which is "the needs of the patient come first."

Our interns also participate in mini-rotations, which are designed to allow them to explore potential career paths. Other activities, such as journal clubs and presentations, are incorporated into the summer to enhance and expand your pharmacy knowledge base.

We are fortunate to have an outstanding team of interns join our department every summer. Our alumni have established successful careers throughout the United States. In recent years, more than 85 percent of our previous interns have gone on to complete a PGY-1 residency upon graduation from pharmacy school. Several have chosen to return to Mayo Clinic to complete a residency, work as a pharmacist or both.

We invite you take a look at our website and consider the opportunities that await you as a pharmacy intern at Mayo Clinic.

Best regards,

Lisa K. Buss Preszler, Pharm.D., R.Ph.
Program Director
Pharmacy Internship