IPSF strives to create unique and interesting opportunities for our members through internships that allow students to experience pharmacy and/or pharmaceutical sciences in another country. All internship opportunities are published on IPSF social media pages and require that students be a member of IPSF in order to be eligible to apply. For further enquiries about internships, email [email protected]
A. International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations Fellowship
i. About the Fellowship: The 12 - Month full time IFPMA Young Professionals Fellowship is an opportunity for members of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) to engage with International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations and its membership and be a credible voice in dialogue with the global health community.IFPMA having official relations with the United Nations represents research-based pharmaceutical companies and national associations across the globe. The fellowship encompasses working in the industry and broader health community together to foster innovation, promote resilient regulatory systems, uphold ethical practices, and advocate for sustainable health policies that meet the needs of patients globally.IFPMA will provide financial compensation for the duration of the Fellowship. The applicant(s) will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel expenses.
ii.Testimony from IFPMA fellow 2019-2020
“Seven months ago, I started my IPSF Fellowship at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA). My work was related to vaccines policy and I also helped with vaccines communications. My daily tasks were composed of providing additional support to my portfolio leaders in the coordination of several projects, liaising with other members and sometimes attending vaccines-related external events around Geneva.
During this period, I have gotten a huge insight into how the environment in Geneva looks like and how advocacy and multilateral engagement with stakeholders such as WHO, governments and various organisations work. I have been exposed to some high-level meetings which has enhanced my knowledge on key topics during this fellowship. What is more, IFPMA is an organisation which is led by team spirit. Ever since my face-to-face interview, I was warmly accepted into the team. Besides the workload, you will feel welcome and have a lot of fun with the youth engagement team.
Stop hesitating and grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a year in the international hub of global health.”
iii. Frequently Asked Questions about IFPMA Fellowship
Q- My country is not listed in the list of countries mentioned in eligibility criteria of the call. By any means is there any way by which I can apply for the fellowship?
A-The IFPMA Fellowship call is specifically to the countries on the call. However,we advise you to look forward to future internship calls during this mandate, as you will be eligible to apply.
Q-Does this fellowship require me to travel?
A-Yes this fellowship is based in Geneva .
Q-What are the countries eligible to be accepted for this fellowship?
A- IFPMA may accept applicants who meet all of the following conditions: In possession of a valid Swiss Work Permit; or 2) Citizen of one of the following countries: Switzerland, European Union (EU), Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, The Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and United States of America (USA
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B. FIP Internship and Remote Volunteer Work
I. About the FIP Internship and remote volunteer work: The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in collaboration with IPSF provides a unique opportunity for pharmacy students and recent graduates upto 4 years to perform an internship, which usually is compulsory and an integral part of the curriculum at the University to become a pharmacist. If the applicant doesn’t have a mandatory internship requirement from his/her university or the applicant is a recent graduate, she/he can apply to work as a volunteer.
The minimum period is 3 months and each intern/volunteer will be supervised by FIP Programme Team Lead(s).
Ii. Testimonial from FIP Remote Volunteer 2019-2020 -Pascal Mongane
“Being passionate about pharmaceutical regulations and policy, the internship with FIP provided me the opportunity to learn much more about these. Some of my responsibilities involved supporting the delivery of FIP global projects in the areas of pharmaceutical workforce development, practice, policies and compliance. FIP paid my registration fees in order to attend the FIP world Congress in Abu Dhabi where I was exposed to diverse networking opportunities for my career path. The new skills I have acquired during these period has reinforced what I am already doing as a pharmacist in advocating of an improved public health and will be able to implement strategies for increasing access to safe, quality and affordable medicines for better patients outcomes in my own community”
Iii. Frequently Asked Questions
Q-Does the intern receive a certificate at the end of the internship?
A-the intern will receive a reference letter after completing the internship or remote volunteer work.
Q-Our official language is the arabic, so my university will give me the enrollment letter in arabic is this ok ?
A-You can translate the enrollment letter to English and submit it.
Q- Does this opportunity require travelling?
A- The opportunity requires travelling for those who apply for internship opportunities based in the FIP Office at The Hague, Netherlands. Those who apply for remote volunteer work will work with FIP staff from their country without a need to travel.
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C. WHO Patient Safety Internship
In October 2004 WHO launched a patient safety programme in response to a World Health Assembly Resolution (2002) with the aims of coordinating, disseminating and accelerating improvements in patient safety worldwide. This internship offers the opportunity to work in the Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit (PSU), under the supervision of a Coordinator.
The Duration of the internship is a minimum period of 12 weeks and a maximum period of 24 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q-I Am a graduate that recently completed her studies in a Bachelor of Environmental Health Sciences. I am interested in applying for an internship offered at your organization ?
A-The WHO internship is only for pharmacy students or recent pharmacy graduates. Students from other educational backgrounds do not fulfil the criteria to apply for the internship.
Q-Can I clarify with you regarding the eligibility criteria which states that students are "To have completed three years of full-time studies and be at least twenty years old at the time at the time of application". Does it mean that only our Pharmacy university students who are Year 3 and above are eligible for this internship?
A-Yes, the applicant must be a year 3 and above pharmacy student to be eligible for the internship.
Q-Can I assume that if a student is going for a 3 months internship , he or she can choose any 3 months period?
A-The student cannot decide the duration and timing of the internship. The intern should be able to finish the proposed duration of the internship.
D. A4HP Internship
The A4HP Alliance for Health Promotion Internship is an opportunity for members of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) who are interested in becoming influencers in the core activities of the Alliance in 2020 and increase the visibility and the value of civil society as regards the global health agenda.
The Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP) based in Geneva is a coalition of international NGOs,academic institutions and other Civil Society actors from different sectors.
This is an unpaid internship with a duration of 3 to 6 months. This Internship requires traveling to Geneva . However, in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the selected interns worked remotely
FAQs about theInternship
Q-Is it compulsory to be a member of IPSF to apply for the internship?
A-it is compulsory to be a member of IPSF to apply for the internship. You can get it from your contact person if you are member through student organization. If you are not eligible for this, you can apply for individual membership of IPSF. You can visit IPSF website to get more details about IPSF membership.
Q- Could you please elaborate on the candidate material they are looking for? I would like to make sure that my motivation letter pictures the candidate that they need?
A-Competencies required for the A4HP Internship :
- Strong interest in public health and sustainable development issues. - Excellent communication and writing skills in English and French.- Good IT skills for using social media and website management.- Experience in fundraising and project development.
- Good time management and ability to work independently as well as in a multi-disciplinary team..
Q- I saw there is a requirement to be able to speak English and French. Does this mean it have to be both?
A-No not both of them, however, French is an added value.