Specialist Pharmacy internships gaining practical skills alongside experienced pharmacists in dispensaries and hospital departments. Interns help to provide medicines, information and counselling to patients, including educating patients about the importance of medication compliance.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Tanzania is currently facing a shortage of both pharmacies and registered pharmacists, especially in rural and under-served regions. As a Pharmacy intern, you’ll help to address this shortage while you gain highly relevant skills contributing to the operation of pharmacies and dispensaries within hospitals in Arusha.
Pharmacy interns are placed alongside experienced local pharmacists, dispensing medication to both in-residence and out patients. Your typical tasks can include:
- Assisting pharmacists to dispense medications
- Ensuring patients receive the appropriate prescription, dose and medication
- Providing basic pharmaceutical counselling
- Ensuring patients understand the importance of medication compliance
- Assisting with stock management and control
- Taking payments for medication
Interns should come to Tanzania prepared to encounter a healthcare system that is far different to what you’re used to. Medical treatment in Tanzania is often under-resourced, and you may encounter patients who endure conditions that you would consider unacceptable at home. Culture shock can be especially prevalent in healthcare environments, and interns should endeavor to remain professional and empathetic at all times.
This internship is conducted in English. Most patients you’ll work with will be able to speak at least basic English, however, for those that can’t, you’ll be able to receive a debrief from your supervisor afterwards.
It is important to be aware that the Tanzanian government requires international interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution to their health/medical placements. The amount of this contribution varies. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, it’s recommended that interns budget, at most, US$50 per week. All Ministry of Health contributions are made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist countries, and as an intern you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city of Arusha and popular surrounding areas. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips for interns at the weekend, and there are opportunities to combine your Legal Support internship with a safari in the Serengeti national park.
Pharmacy interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Dispensing medication
- Providing pharmaceutical advice and guidance
- Managing stock
- Providing customer service
Professional development opportunities:
- Build your knowledge of how a pharmacy is operated
- Develop your understanding of specific medicines and treatments
- Understand how to engage with patients and advise on appropriate treatments
- Learn about patient interactions and build communication skills
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Learn hands-on pharmacy skills from experienced professionals
- Contribute to the under-resourced pharmacy sector in Tanzania
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Pharmacy departments in hospitals
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that Medical and Education internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.