What's considered competitive for hospital internships?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by romaniangirl, Sep 20, 2014.

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  1. romaniangirl

    romaniangirl 2+ Year Member

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    So I'm in my last year of pre-pharm before I (hopefully) start pharmacy school. I have recently found a hospital in my city that is offering a 4 year, paid internship opportunity to students attending pharmacy school here in Houston. It's somewhat competitive at 25 applications for 3 spots. Since the internship starts your P1 year, I was wondering if anyone had a clue what they would be looking for in a potential candidate? I am extremely interested in this opportunity and with 1.5 semesters left, I want to do everything I can to get this internship. Obviously GPA is really important, but as far as things like undergrad research or EC, what do you think is better?

    Doing undergrad pharmacology research?
    Getting a job as a hospital pharm tech?
    Staying as a retail pharm tech?
    Joining organizations and clubs on campus?
    Volunteer work?
     
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  3. Amicable Angora

    Amicable Angora Lagomorpha 2+ Year Member

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    Being a woman. No, I wish I was kidding. I have seen grossly overqualified men dismissed for lesser women.
     
  4. SClENCE

    SClENCE 2+ Year Member

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    Probably GPA, pharmacy related research, and any pharmacy related job/volunteer experience

    Being involved in campus clubs/doing non-pharmacy volunteer work might help but probably not nearly as significant
     
  5. romaniangirl

    romaniangirl 2+ Year Member

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    So you think just GPA and PCAT would be significant? I've got those down no problem-I just want to know what I should focus my free time on. Most likely I will not continue as a retail pharm tech since I am definitely not interested in retail pharmacy. I'm highly debating either volunteering in a hospital pharmacy or doing undergrad research for a semester.
     
  6. SClENCE

    SClENCE 2+ Year Member

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    I doubt they even look at PCAT but pharmacy related volunteer hours/research/tech experience would be MUCH better than random volunteer experience/joining a bunch of clubs on campus

    I think the #1 thing you could do is either work or volunteer in a pharmacy
     

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