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Undergraduate Opportunities

Pharmaceutical Sciences 197: Professional Internship

SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM GUIDELINES

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

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 resume to the attention of Whitney Patapoff at the front desk in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences- 147 Bison Modular (building #515). All application materials for Summer Session 2014 are due by Friday, May 10. 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.

 

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. 

 

Available Internships for Summer 2014

*Available internship positions and sites may change throughout the 2013-2014 Acadmeic Year. Please continue to check this website for updates.

  1. Organization: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

    Title: Intern/Special Assistant to Compliance Officer

    Number of Positions: 2

    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

  2. Organization: Irvine Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

    Title: Laboratory or Administrative Intern

    Number of Positions: 6

    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