Call for FIP Internship/Volunteer Work 2020


Call for FIP Internship/ Volunteer Work 2020 

A Unique Opportunity for Pharmacy Students and Recent Graduates



About FIP

Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its global network of member organizations FIP represents and serves more than four million practitioners, educators, and scientists around the world.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) provides a unique opportunity for pharmacy students 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 or the applicant is a recent graduate, she/he can apply to this call to work as a volunteer. 

FIP is recruiting interns and/or volunteers for a minimum period of 3 months in 2020. The interns/volunteers will be working on cross-functional FIP Global Projects and will gain wide-experience in different areas of pharmacy.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the programme, the Intern/volunteer will be able to:

  • Interpret current trends that are driving Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Practice, Science and Education,
  • Design and implement new projects or services for pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and educators,
  • Strengthen teamwork and planning & organizational skills


Candidate Profile and Eligibility

The intern should have the following skills/attributes:

  • Applicant must be a member of IPSF
  • Internship: To be a pharmacy or a pharmaceutical sciences student and have a mandatory requirement through her/his studies
  • Volunteer work: To be a pharmacy or a pharmaceutical sciences student or recent graduate
  • A hands-on approach and confidence to take on different projects at the same time
  • To have creativity and problem-solving skills 
  • Attention to details and analytical thinking
  • To have the knowledge and interest in pharmaceutical education/science/practice
  • To have strategic communication skills with the possession of insight and understanding of the target groups
  • To be able to confidently use MS Office Software (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • To have an excellent command of English on written and verbal communication skills and preferably in other official UN languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish)
  • Not to be related to a staff member of FIP (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or mother/father); 


Terms and Conditions of Internship/Volunteer Work

  • When accepting an internship/volunteer work, the interns/volunteers agrees to:
  • Conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the standards of conduct expected of a person working in an international environment in the context of FIP; 
  • Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on IPSF or FIP and not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of either organization; 
  • Provide a copy of all materials prepared during the programme. Interns may not disclose or make use of any unpublished or confidential information that comes to their knowledge in the course of their internship/volunteer work. The provisions relating to texts prepared for any type of publication apply also to interns/volunteers.
  • Submit a written report at the end of the internship/volunteer work to be reviewed by the supervisor, IPSF, and other interested parties; 
  • Devote themselves full-time to the assignments of the receiving unit for the period of the programme.

When offering an internship/volunteer work, FIP agrees to:

  • Ensure that an interns/volunteers’ assignment is related to her/his field of study, relevant for both the programme and the intern/volunteer, and at the appropriate level of complexity and variety. 
  • Review progress regularly and provide adequate feedback and coaching/mentoring during the programme. 
  • At the end of the internship/volunteer work, prepare a written evaluation of performance and provide feedback to intern/volunteer
  • According to Dutch law, FIP is unable to provide a salary to the intern. The compensation will be evaluated case by case.
  • Internship/Volunteer Work Location and Expected Time Frame 
  • The intern will be working remotely, for a minimum period of 3 months (flexible, longer periods are preferred). The minimum working hours per week should be between 4-8 hours. Longer hours are preferable.
  • Preferred start day: 1-April-2019 (flexible, depends on the agreement between the host and intern) 


How to Apply

All IPSF members are eligible to apply. FIP will be responsible for the final selection of the applicant(s). Successful applicant(s) undertaking an internship/volunteer work will not be financially remunerated by IPSF. The applicant(s) will be responsible for their own expenses.

Please complete the application form here no later than 21 February 2020 23:59 GMT +0 to apply for the internship. 

IPSF will complete the 1st round selection process and FIP will make the final selection. If you have any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact IPSF Internship Coordinator, Ms Karima Bennara at [email protected] or IPSF Chairperson of Pharmacy Education, Ms. Alison Ekwere at [email protected].


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