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.
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 internships for pharmacy students. We've created internships for 15,000+ 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. The minimum internship duration is one week, with no maximum.
For more detail about how our service works click here.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
As long as you have started your professional pharmacy degree you are eligible.
You can also travel if you are already graduated. However, please note that our placements are educational in their nature and designed to give you experience in a low resource hospital setting under the supervision of local qualified professionals.
STEP 1. SUBMIT AN INQUIRY
First, submit an inquiry using the form at the bottom of the page. Tell us where, when and why you want to travel as well as your current level of study.
STEP 2. WE'LL GET IN TOUCH
Next, a member of our consultation team will review your inquiry then call you to discuss your eligibility. They will also answer any questions you may have.
STEP 3. APPROVAL AND CONFIRMATION
Once we have confirmed your eligibility, you need to submit your application form and pay your registration fee. We will then confirm your placement and availability within 48 hours.
Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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It might surprise you to learn that in Indonesia, there’s only one pharmacist per 20,000 patients compared with 18 pharmacists per 20,000 patients in the USA. This means local pharmacists have to work even harder to help patients — something you’ll see firsthand in our partner hospital. But it’s not just a lack of pharmacists — drugs are scarce too. Some have limited stocks and others (including basic analgesics) are hard to get hold of. And when medicines are available, they’re expensive. A month’s worth of branded diabetes medication might cost more than eight days’ worth of the local average wage. On placement here you’ll see impact all of this has on both local pharmacists and patients.
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. If you're looking for a pharmacy internship in South America, choose Arequipa. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.
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 internship program 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 pharmacy 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 in Asia, particularly in Cambodia, 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.
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 your pharmacy internship abroad in Iloilo and you could rotate 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. Iloilo is the choice if you're interested in a pharmacy internship in the Philippines. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.
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. As far as international pharmacy opportunities go, Pokhara is up there with the best. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.
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. If you're looking for pharmacy opportunities abroad, put Kathmandu on your list. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.
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 hospital 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. This placement in Ghana is the best pharmacy internship in Africa. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.
"Cancers were all extremely advanced, infections were overwhelming, and many disease presentations were masked by poor hygiene and malnutrition."
Caroline Roberts, University of South Carolina 2019Read more
"My favorite experience was being able to observe surgeries during my final week in the operation theater."
Tyler Wagner, University of South Carolina 2019Read more
"At pharmacy school, I had little interaction with HIV patients, but in Zambia I spoke directly to patients about their illness and how it affected their lives."
Samantha Stanley, Auburn University 2019Read more
"On the table were hundreds of boxes containing all kinds of medication in every language imaginable – slightly out of date, boxes slightly damaged."
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"The head pharmacist told me that the hospital were suffering from serious lack of equipment."
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