Call for Internship- The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) (Volunteer work)

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is recruiting interns and/or volunteers for a minimum period of 3 months between April-June 2019 and the interns and/or volunteers will work remotely. These opportunities are not based in the FIP Headquarters (The Hague). The interns/volunteers will be working on cross-functional FIP Global Projects and will gain wide-experience in different areas of pharmacy.

Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its global network of member organizations FIP represents and serves more than four million practitioners, educators, and scientists around the world.

FIP provides a unique opportunity for pharmacy students to perform an internship, which usually is compulsory and an integral part of the curriculum at the University to become a pharmacist. If the applicant doesn’t have a mandatory internship or the applicant is a recent graduate, she/he can apply to this call to work as a volunteer.

The scope of the Internship/Volunteer Work

Main duties of the intern will include:

-Supporting the delivery of FIP global projects in the areas of:

  • Pharmaceutical practice, policies, and compliance
  • Pharmaceutical workforce transformation and development
  • Pharmaceutical education policies and implementation
  • Pharmaceutical practice development, advocacy and data management

-Each intern/volunteer will be supervised by FIP Project Team Lead(s) and projects will be assigned across different areas which are stated above.

-The projects include (but not limited to) tasks around publications, congresses and events, work with global health organizations, membership engagement, advocacy & policy tools, data collection, and management.

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-The interns/volunteers might be asked to support their supervisors in their assignments on an ad hoc basis

Learning Objectives

At the end of the programme, the Intern/volunteer will be able to:

  • Interpret current trends that are driving Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Practice, Science and Education,
  • Design and implement new projects or services for pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and educators,
  • Strengthen teamwork and planning & organizational skills

Candidate Profile and Eligibility

The intern should have the following skills/attributes:

  • Applicant must be a member of IPSF
  • Internship: To be a pharmacy or a pharmaceutical sciences student and have a mandatory requirement through her/his studies
  • Volunteer work: To be a pharmacy or a pharmaceutical sciences student or recent graduate
  • A hands-on approach and confidence to take on different projects at the same time
  • Have creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to details and analytical thinking
  • Have the knowledge and interest in pharmaceutical education/science/practice
  • Have strategic communication skills with the possession of insight and understanding of the target groups
  • Ability to confidently use MS Office Software (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Have an excellent command of English on written and verbal communication skills and preferably in other official UN languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish)
  • Not related to a staff member of FIP (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or mother/father);

Terms and Conditions of Internship/Volunteer Work

  • When accepting an internship/volunteer work, the interns/volunteers agrees to:
  • Conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the standards of conduct expected of a person working in an international environment in the context of FIP;
  • Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on IPSF or FIP and not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of either organization;
  • Provide a copy of all materials prepared during the programme. Interns may not disclose or make use of any unpublished or confidential information that comes to their knowledge in the course of their internship/volunteer work. The provisions relating to texts prepared for any type of publication apply also to interns/volunteers.
  • Submit a written report at the end of the internship/volunteer work to be reviewed by the supervisor, IPSF, and other interested parties;
  • Devote themselves full-time to the assignments of the receiving unit for the period of the programme.
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When offering an internship/volunteer work, FIP agrees to:

  • Ensure that an interns/volunteers’ assignment is related to her/his field of study, relevant for both the programme and the intern/volunteer, and at the appropriate level of complexity and variety.
  • Review progress regularly and provide adequate feedback and coaching/mentoring during the programme.
  • At the end of the internship/volunteer work, prepare a written evaluation of performance and provide feedback to intern/volunteer
  • According to Dutch law, FIP is unable to provide a salary to the intern. The compensation will be evaluated case by case.
  • Internship/Volunteer Work Location and Expected Time Frame
  • The intern will be working remotely, for a minimum period of 3 months (flexible, longer periods are preferred). The minimum working hours per week should be between 4-8 hours. Longer hours are preferable.
  • Preferred start day: 1-April-2019 (flexible, depends on the agreement between the host and intern)

How to Apply

All IPSF members are eligible to apply. FIP will be responsible for the final selection of the applicant(s). Successful applicant(s) undertaking an internship/volunteer work will not be financially remunerated by IPSF. The applicant(s) will be responsible for their own expenses.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact:

  • IPSF Internship Coordinator, Bidhata Khatri at or
  • IPSF Chairperson of Pharmacy Education, Mr. Daniel Semmy at

Complete the application form here

Application Deadline: 17 March 2019 23:59 GMT +0

For more information, visit the official site

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