WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS PHARMACY INTERNSHIP WITH WORK THE WORLD?

Pharmacy internships abroad are clinical placements undertaken in fast-paced, under-resourced hospitals in the developing world.

You’ll immediately see how different the healthcare system is from your own. The systems, the patients, even some the drugs themselves may be totally unfamiliar to you.

You can choose to spend time in main pharmacies, stock rooms, and specialist satellite pharmacies in places like oncology or the ED. It’s entirely customizable.

You’ll see unfamiliar (often unbranded) medicines, learn how old-fashioned pen and paper stock systems work, and see how departments are affected when they can’t get hold of the drugs they need.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PHARMACY INTERNSHIP ABROAD

An internship with us helps you (and your resumé) stand apart from the high volume of pharmacy students who leave university every year.

On an pharmacy internship abroad, you’ll:

  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
  • Build your personal and professional network
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Become more attractive to employers

Internships are Monday to Friday. That means you can enjoy your evenings and weekends exploring an incredible destination you might not get another chance to see.

Who are we? 

We're Work the World — Experts at planning, customizing, and building midwifery internships abroad. We've created internships for 13,000+ students from 400+ universities worldwide since 2005.

 

Our service is end-to-end, and it includes:

Internship customization (choose your destination and departments) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation

 

We operate 52 weeks a year and arrivals are every single Sunday. Minimum internship durations are two weeks, with no maximum.

 

For more detail about how our service works click here.

Am I eligible? 

You can go on an overseas pharmacy internship if:

  • You are enrolled in a pharmacy degree program
  • You have graduated with a professional pharmacy degree

WHERE DO I START?

Your first step is talking to our team. We’re here to answer any and all questions, help you narrow in on a destination, and secure your place on a program.

To speak to a member of our team complete the inquiry form at the bottom of the page, or use our live chat during opening hours.

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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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