INTERNATIONAL PHARMACY OPPORTUNITIES

Pharmacy internships abroad with Work the World let you spend time alongside local pharmacists, immersing you in an under-resourced hospital setting overseas. You can rotate through dispensaries, see how chemo drugs are made on site, navigate local drug store inventory systems and more. There is no better way to get real life perspective on global health than through a pharmacy internship abroad.

Regarding personal development you’ll build confidence, develop communication skills, and see from new perspectives. What's more, your resume will look incredible.

The private, catered accommodation you’ll live in is run by our overseas teams. They offer 24/7 support both in and out of the hospital. This ensures you’re getting the very best experience on this once-in-a-lifetime clinical internship.

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FLEXIBLE, SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS

Customize your internship — Choose both the destination and departments you want to spend time in—you can customize everything.

Travel flexibility — Travel for as long as you like, whenever is convenient to you—our internships for pharmacy students start from two weeks in length and can be extended to fit your budget and schedule.

Total support throughout — We’ll walk you through our detailed pre-departure process, providing support with everything from applying for entry visas to advising on things you should pack.

Guaranteed internships — We will confirm and secure your internship hospital and your departments before you travel.

OVERSEAS SUPPORT

A member of the Work the World team will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive. They will accompany you to the Work the World house—your private, secure accommodation.

 

We will take you on an orientation around the city, setting you up with everything from local currency to a SIM for your phone. We’ll take you on a hospital orientation too. This is where we introduce you to staff in your chosen departments.

 

In the house, the catering team will cook your meals, daily. You’ll also have clinically-focused language lessons in the house to help you get the most from your experience. The atmosphere in our houses is social—your housemates will be college students from a range of disciplines from all over the world.

 

Internships run from Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to explore the country you’ve chosen.

HOW TO REGISTER

There’s no application process and no interview—as long as you’re on or have completed your first year of your PharmD program, you’re eligible to travel.

Speak to one of our experts and they’ll help you decide which destination to travel to based on your interests. The next step is registering onto the program and we’ll confirm your internship within 24 hours. And that’s it, your spot is secured.

You will then get access to our team and online internship planner. The planner contains a all the information you’ll need about your destination, and acts an interactive timeline showing you all the steps in the run up to your departure.

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DESTINATIONS

Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa is a colourful and flourishing city, surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic natural beauty. Lake Titicaca’s floating villages, Machu Picchu, and Colca Canyon leave adventurers spoilt for choice!

 

While shadowing on our internship here, you'll rotate through satellite pharmacies that serve departments like Internal Medicine and Surgery. The hospital also boasts one of the largest Oncology Departments in the country, giving you the chance to assist in the sterile 'clean room' where chemotherapy medications are manufactured and prepared for administration. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Vietnam - Hue
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A bustling hub of Southeast Asian culture and popular with backpackers. Busy markets, popular bars and delicious street food across the city. Nearby, find tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas.

 

Poor funding has a significant impact on the delivery of effective treatment. This is especially true of pharmacy. Many of even the most common drugs have a limited supply, some being entirely unavailable. Local pharmacists often have to dispense lesser alternatives, directly impacting the quality of care patients receive. Unique to our programme in Hue, you could also learn about Vietnamese traditional medicine.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. While here you can visit any number of the country’s 20 game parks and see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You can even canoe along the shore of the great Zambezi river to watch hippos wading. Immersing yourself in the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture is a highlight.

 

Pharmacy structures and systems in our partner hospital are similar to those found in modern institutions back home. The differences will, however, become apparent. With limited access to certain medicines, and low staff numbers the hospital has its challenges. You’ll find yourself busy checking scripts, doing clinical rounds and spending time in dispensaries found in the pediatrics, adult, mother and newborn hospitals as well as in surgery.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The colorful and lively city of Phnom Penh boasts ancient temples, grand palaces, fragrant street food, and markets brimming with brands. Discover tropical islands and crystal clear seas off the coast, or trek into the mountains to find sun bears, leopards and elephants.

 

A Pharmacy Internship here will open your eyes to the realities of developing health care in a way that staying at home simply couldn’t. Spending time in dispensaries and grappling with a range of potentially unfamiliar prescriptions will stretch both your personal and professional skills. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Although its many bars and restaurants lend a modernizing feel to the city, Iloilo is a tropical haven. Join in on a local festivals, visit the white beaches of Boracay for a full moon party, and visit Guimeras island to get a feel for traditional Filipino life.

 

Demonstrate enthusiasm on a Pharmacy Internship here and you could be rotating through 6 outlets, including satellite pharmacies in Emergency, Neonatal, the Operating Room, and OBG. Spend time in any of these and you’ll witness firsthand the everyday challenges Pharmacists face in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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Ancient temples and pagodas are dotted around peaceful Pokhara. With the Himalayas in view, the city sprawls out from the immense lake at its center. Try paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, and hiking to temples hidden deep in the forests.

 

On a Pharmacy Internship here you'll be spending time in a dispensary, familiarizing yourself with medicines uncommon in the developed world, like certain strains of anti-venom. Time in the Pharmacovigilance Unit will give you the chance to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu’s history spans back millennia, yet it adopts modernity with impressive vigor. Amble through markets filled with traditional handmade curiosities, tour bejewelled temples, or go to the cinema and paraglide through the Himalayas.

 

Pharmacists here regularly assist doctors in explaining prescription drugs and their side effects. During your internship you could be assisting on these ward rounds with local specialists, and gain insight into the role pharmacy plays in the ongoing development of Nepali healthcare. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Ghana’s welcoming and energetic atmosphere spills from its lively markets, friendly local people, bars, and traditional restaurants. Add to that chances to visit places of fascinating history such as old slave forts, go on safari, hike to jungle waterfalls, and visit local villages.

 

On your internship you’ll join professional Pharmacists on ward rounds across a range of different departments in our partner hospital. These include Pediatrics, Surgery, and the HIV Clinic. Time spent in the dispensary, and observing drug synthesis will open your eyes to the creativity needed to treat a wide range of pathologies. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura’s winding streets buzz with life — monks chant beneath ancient temple stupa, monkeys roam through gilded palaces, and hawkers tout their wares in the street markets. Beyond the city, you’ll find rare wildlife in the national parks, and kick-back on tropical white-sand beaches.

 

As a student Pharmacist, you can rotate through our partner hospital’s numerous dispensaries. These include Oncology, Surgical, Inpatients, Outpatients, and Renal. Observing and assisting with the dispensing of drugs used for a range of cancers will open your eyes to how local specialists are forced to deploy creativity to combat a lack of resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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"In rural areas, people sought care from their local Ayurvedic clinic rather than a hospital."

Gerald Kamta, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 2018

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"The head pharmacist told me that the hospital were suffering from serious lack of equipment."

Sojeong Jeong, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2018

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"During the month I spent in Pokhara, I made unforgettable memories with amazing students from all over the world."

Jack Gilbert, Robert Gordon University 2018

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"The experience moulded my personal and professional values in ways I couldn’t have imagined."

Matthew Blackmore, University of Lincoln 2018

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"It was everything I imagined the experience to be and more."

Cassie Wong, University of Sydney 2018

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