Dear pharmacy students,
It’s with great pleasure that I’m writing to all of you once again… By this time the majority of you are wondering about when, where and with who are going to be placed for SEP!
I can assure you the SEOs are all giving their best efforts to run SEP smoothly and of course to please all the students according their requests and needs. The application period is closed and the lucky ones who got approved, I can tell that an amazing experience is waiting for you! Packing for the summer, for a new experience may be the change that you needed in your life and certainly it will make the difference in your career, as an experience overseas means more than just another internship in a pharmaceutical area. By taking SEP experience a possible employer can automatically classify you as an active, responsible, open minded and independent person that is not afraid to take a chance when the opportunity shows up. Of course these characteristics are mandatory for the future leaders of pharmacy world.
The 7 Continents are all very unique in their own way and can provide you the best knowledge in specific areas, have you ever though about the possibility of taking a SEP internship on WHO Rwanda? Afro Region is the continent by excellence where you can work on humanitarian causes, develop public health campaigns and have further knowledge on epidemiology. On the other hand, PARO can offer a totally different vision… In Colombia you will find amazing botanical gardens where you could develop your bothanical and pharmocognosy knowledge. EMRO, where you have the possibility of experiencing work with top level professionals, did you check the information from these Associations? Tunisia and Egypt have placements in all pharmaceutical areas, and also check Jordan you might be surprise on what they have to offer.
Going to the east, APRO is the region where associations are so well known for providing amazing placements in industry! Have you heard the feedback from students who performed their SEP in India or Malaysia?
And of course, we cannot forget about the old Europe, full of opportunities and clinical placements that may suit any student no matter the year of studies!
For those who weren’t selected this year, I’ll leave you with a friendly advice, don’t get yourself disappointed, next year you’ll have the opportunity of applying again! 😉
By taking chances myself, I moved from Lisbon (Portugal) to London (UK), where I’m performing an internship, and can assure that I’ve fallen in love by the city and the new people I’ve met. I am embracing new traditions and learning everyday about myself, the others and pharmacy world!
Get ready for SEP Experience and remember every country is singular in the experience provided so get all the information from your host SEO and start packing for the summer… Make sure you have your passport stamped with stamps of multiple countries, most importantly hopefully you would get a SEP Stamp!
Chairperson of Student Exchange 2012-2013