Undergraduate Opportunities

Pharmaceutical Sciences 197: Professional Internship


These guidelines explain the Pharm Sci Professional Internship Program application process.  If you have additional questions, please address them to a counselor at

What is the Pharm Sci Professional Internship Program?

In an effort to enhance the overall undergraduate learning experience for Pharmaceutical Sciences students, the department has created a unique Summer Internship program for its students that are seeking to gain real-world experience while working in an internship.  What makes this program special is that the department has established a set number of internship positions with well-know pharmaceutical and regulatory affairs organizations in the Irvine area. Interested students will need to submit an application to the Pharmaceutical Sciences department to be eligible to participate. Due to limited space, those students that are accepted into the program will be placed in one of the available internship positions. As part of the program, students will also be required to enroll in PharmSci 197, which is a course designed to facilitate the internship experience and ensure a positive learning experience.

The purpose of this program is to give students a first-hand experience in the field they are interested in pursuing as a career and determine if there is a proper fit between the requirements and career objectives. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their professional work habits, improve their interpersonal skills, and begin networking with working professionals to prepare for a smooth transition into full-time employment.


What is the expected workload for the Professional Internship program?

The workload for a 4-unit internship is typically 10 hours per week, but may vary depending on your site placement. You will be expected to work for a 10-week period (10-Week Summer Sesion). In addition to your work as an intern, you are required to enroll in PharmSci 197 and complete all required course work to receive a Passing grade. This additional work includes a 3-page report on your internship experience. The report should include both details of the duties you performed as an intern, as well as a discussion of the ways in which your education within the Pharmaceutical Sciences major can be related to aspects of your internship experience. In addition, you are required to attend all scheduled seminars, give a short presentation on your experience, submit an approved timesheet , and submit a final evaluation to be completed by your supervisor.


What are the minimum requirements for the Professional Internship program?

  • Junior or Senior student standing
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30


How do I apply?

  • Complete and submit a program application and attach your most recent resume. All application materials for Summer Session 2016 are due by Friday, April 29. No late applications will be accepted!
  • The internship selection committee will place the most highly qualified students into all available internship positions for the quarter. You will receive notification via email regarding the status of your application and information about your site placement.



Internship application opens

April 4

(week 2 of spring quarter)

Internship application DEADLINE

April 29

(Week 5 of spring quarter)


May 2-6

(week 6 of spring quarter)

Internship decisions and notification to students

May 13

Additional Requirements

If you are placed in an internship, you MUST enroll in PharmSci 197 for the 10-Week Summer Session. Information regarding enrollment in Pharm Sci 197 will be provided after you have been accepted into the program.  In addition, you must attend all 3 lectures on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, July 13
  • Wednesday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 24

Available Internships for Summer 2016

*Available internship positions and sites may change throughout the 2015-16 Acadmeic Year. Please continue to check this website for updates.

Organization:   UCI Health Medical Center Pharmacy

Title:  Real World Health-System Pharmacy Experience: a Program of discovery through various opportunities with pharmacists

Number of Positions:  1

Description:  Student will report to Pharmacy Education Specialist but will explore opportunities with multiple staff members: The student will shadow pharmacists in different roles within the pharmacy enterprise.  Experiences in acute care, ambulatory care, infusion pharmacy, and retail pharmacy will be attained. Focus will be on acute care clinical pharmacy with emphasis in medication therapy  management. The student will have the opportunity to follow patients across the continuum of care. Student will be responsible for written papers, presentations, and a project assigned by the faculty.

*Pharm Tech license not required but preferred*

Location:  UC Irvine Medical Center -- Orange Medical Center facility and the FHC Santa Ana Clinic.

Organization: U.S. Food & Drug Administration Title: Intern/Special Assistant to Compliance Officer

Number of Positions: 0

Description: Learn about the inner workings of the FDA by assisting a Compliance Officer in processing of complex actions as assigned. Duties may include processing part of a many-faceted action or researching investigation, analytical, or other pertinent data, laws, or regulations.

Location: FDA, Office of Regulatory Affairs in Irvine, CA

Organization: Irvine Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Title: Laboratory or Administrative Intern

Number of Positions: 0

Description: Administrative duties include: collecting and entering data in various databases, assisting with preparation for training and employee development programs, and routine office duties including copying, mailing, filing and answering the phone. Laboratory duties include: performing analytical testing using lab instruments in Analytical Development, Microbiology, Microbiology, Product Development and Manufacturing departments.

Location: Irvine, CA