Summary: University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Community Pharmacy Preceptors Conference, 1/26/2010
Student Intern Jobs:
The school has received feedback from the students regarding intern hours. They report that both intern
jobs and volunteer opportunities are increasingly difficult to find, and that they're struggling to meet the
minimum hours requirement.
Conference attendees responded that intern jobs are always available, but the locations of these
opportunities may be deemed inconvenient and too far away for takers; less desirable locations often go
unfilled. The pharmacists view intern hours as an excellent recruiting tool for their respective pharmacies
and therefore, they have not lessened the number of opportunities, in fact, Target Pharmacy reports an
increase in payroll, not a decrease. Perhaps the market is over-saturated with students as more and more
schools of pharmacy are created, thereby increasing the pharmacy student population. Another
consideration is marrying the pharmacy's scheduling needs with the student's availability. Many times,
pharmacies are unable to take a student because schedules don't match. Another theory is that UCSD's
push towards residencies rather than community pharmacy jobs may play a role.
One Potential Opportunity: Develop administrative residencies with community pharmacies. Dr. Grace
Kuo, SSPPS faculty member, coordinates the Practice-Based Research Network which could provide a
potential solution to this problem.