Most summer placements are advertised very early in the year and priority is often given to third year students. Do not get too disheartened if you do not get a placement within a pharmaceutical environment. Any work experience you gain during your studies will enhance your CV and give you valuable life skills.
It will also give you an understanding of working life, for example, not every day is a good one, work can be very hard and you will sometimes feel very tired at the end of the day. Double check with your student union, they often have very good contacts and details of possible vacancies, or may even be looking to fill part-time positions within the union.
Hospital summer internships
Most hospitals offer unpaid work experience between June and August each year to MPharm students. Summer internships are not essential in order to apply for hospital pharmacy pre-registration training.
Here are some suggestions for hospital placements:-
Central Manchester University Hospitals: http://www.cmft.nhs.uk/royal-infirmary/our-services/pharmacy/education-training/work-experience
London and South East pharmacy: https://www.lasepharmacy.hee.nhs.uk/_folder8/
South West hospitals: http://www.swmit.nhs.uk/education-training/prereg-pharmacists/summer-placement.aspx
For volunteer work in hospitals, see the Royal Voluntary Service website.
Community summer placements
Paid employment is not always available; however, community pharmacies are frequently willing to accept students as volunteers. Some of the larger retailers also offer summer placements for first and second year students. Some of the larger chains now recruit some or all of their pre-registration trainees from people who have participated in their summer placement scheme.
For further information on community vacancies, visit the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) website.
Industrial summer placements
Students who are interested in a split industrial pre-registration placement will need to be aware that some companies only allow those who have completed a summer placement to apply for a pre-registration position. Many of the industrial pre-registration placements are offered a full year in advance of commencement. See below for contact details for industrial opportunities.
AstraZeneca offer summer placements at their Macclesfield and Alderley Park Sites. During this placement, students will be offered the chance to apply for one of their pre-registration placements. For further details, visit their website.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) offer summer internships and industrial placements. For further information, visit their website.
MSD offer summer placements and graduate opportunities. For further information, visit their website.
Pfizer offer an industrial trainee placement scheme, for further details, visit their website.
Students should bear in mind that often the relevant information will only be available on company websites whilst applications for positions are open. University careers support services should have further information available for students.
Other useful information
See our Finding a pre-registration placement fact sheet
See our Career guidance: completing a job application form fact sheet
See our Career guidance: creating a CV fact sheet
See our Career guidance: using LinkedIn fact sheet
See our Career guidance: job interviews fact sheet
This fact sheet was last reviewed on 6 February 2020.