Internships and Practice Experiences


Once accepted into pharmacy school, students are further introduced to the profession by completing an internship and introductory pharmacy practice experience.

These training experiences allow the student to interact with interdisciplinary health care workers, consumers and pharmacist-mentors in a variety of health care settings. Additionally, under appropriate supervision and as permitted by state and federal regulations, the student may be allowed to assume direct patient care responsibilities.

Internships are typically completed in the first or second year of the pharmacy school curriculum. Internships vary in length and setting and may be accompanied with a stipend. Pharmacy internships at Mayo Clinic provide a comprehensive educational experience and in-depth exposure to pharmaceutical services to help you explore pharmacy as a career.

Introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE)

Similar to internships, IPPEs are usually done in the first or second year of the pharmacy school curriculum and are arranged by a college of pharmacy. These unpaid experiences focus on the integration of didactic content with experiential activities. Internships and IPPEs also serve to further develop important professional skills and abilities.

Advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE)

APPEs are a component of a Pharm.D. curriculum that allow student pharmacists to gain high-level experience, apply knowledge and skills, and gain professional competence and confidence under the tutelage of a preceptor. APPEs typically occur in the final year of schooling and are commonly referred to as "rotations."

These rotations allow students to implement knowledge learned in school to real-world practice. Once APPEs are complete, the student is eligible for graduation and subsequent licensure as a pharmacist.

Find information on APPE rotations at Mayo Clinic:

May 15, 2013