Summer internship while on rotations?

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  1. PhoenixFire

    PhoenixFire 5+ Year Member

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    My school only offers IPPE rotations during the summer, and it's a lottery system: you don't know where you are assigned to and when, until late April. I want to work as an intern next summer but I wonder how to tell employers that I'll be taking time off (4 weeks) to do IPPE and "I don't know when yet"... Anyone knows how to obtain in intern job while fulfilling rotations?
     
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    zelman 7+ Year Member

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    Apply for a job wherever you get assigned for the IPPE?
     
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    sakigt Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Sounds like its pretty impossible to do the "typical" intern position. Mine was 30 hrs/week for the 3 months, cutting a month out of that would be pointless.

    Why not just try getting a normal "job" during the school year and working weekends during that 4 week stint.
     
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    PhoenixFire 5+ Year Member

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    Yeah, the problem is not finding a job in the same city... It is to tell employers that I'll need 4 weeks off... But many Pharm schools make students do IPPE during the summers, and many students have intern jobs, so... maybe it works out?

    I've heard that internship very important to find employment post-graduation, right? I don't have transportation so I can't work during academic year.
     
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    sakigt Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Sounds like you need to ask around from people who go to your school....
     
  7. PolarPop

    PolarPop 2+ Year Member

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    I did both my IPPEs over winter breaks instead of summer breaks so I could do real internships over summer. It sucked but it was worth it, just get one ASAP and worry about this problem when it actually comes up. If your manager can't figure out how to work around your schedule for 4 weeks during the summer then working there might not be a great idea in the first place.
     
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    sakigt Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    While I agree on your first point (I too, loaded up my busy times with electives so my "slow" times were indeed slow without electives so I could work more), the last part I dont agree with. The OP wants an internship for 12 weeks but then wants to randomly decide he cant work 4 of them....Not saying its his/her fault but those are pretty unreasonable requirements for an employer.
     
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    Oh, I didn't read the his second post. I was under the impression that he'd be a long-term employee, he'd just be starting in the summer.

    On that note, I agree. No one is going to hire you under those conditions OP. Either try to work as an intern regularly during school or start finding and applying for 2-3 month summer long internships.
     

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