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Jena Torpin, PharmD
Pharmacy coordinator
Jena.Torpin@allina.com
763-236-7544 (Mercy Hospital)
763-236-4157 (Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus)

Venessa McConkey, PharmD, BCPS, DPLA
Clinical pharmacy manager, Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus
Venessa.McConkey@allina.com
763-236-4135

Pharmacy Internship

Pharmacy Practice Development Program

Our Pharmacy Internship offers interns a step-wise introduction to a variety of hospital pharmacy practice areas. It teaches them to perform technician duties, medication histories and product checking.

Additional pharmacy intern opportunities

  • Shadow clinical pharmacists
    • Two paid 4-hour shadowing experiences: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Mental Health, Home Infusion
  • Deliver case presentations/in-services
  • Work with a pharmacist mentor
  • Participate in quality improvement projects
    • Up to 16 hours of paid time to complete an intern project

There are also opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and serve as a formal leader in the lead intern position.

Benefits of our pharmacy intern program

The program is designed to fit your busy student schedule, offering:

  • Flexible weekday start times
  • The ability to self-schedule one or two shifts/week within the intern group and staff one out of three weekends

Our dual-campus hospital, with facilities in Fridley and Coon Rapids, Minnesota, allows you to work with a wide variety of patient populations and helps you expand your pharmacy network for a more well-rounded experience. Together, these facilities offer nationally recognized clinical excellence and compassionate health care services, most notably Cardiology at Mercy Hospital and Mental Health and Addiction Services at Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus, plus a high volume, metro Emergency Department.

Our program will push you to grow and become a savvy pharmacist.

Apply to become a part of our team today. We look forward to learning with you.

Pharmacy Internship program details

P1 (first-year interns)

First year interns work in the central pharmacy learning basic dispensing functions.

  • Prepare, check and dispense medications and supplies
  • Compound extemporaneous products including packaging of medications in unit dose or unit of use packaging
  • Deliver medications and supplies to patient care areas
  • Perform monthly station checks, medication room outdate checks and organization
  • Check and restock nursing unit crash carts
  • Answer and/or appropriately triage incoming phone calls to various areas of the pharmacy department or pharmacists using proper phone etiquette
  • Assist in inventory control
  • P2/P3/P4 (2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year interns)

    Interns train with pharmacist staff to perform medication history review from patients under supervision of pharmacists in the Emergency Department and inpatient areas, in addition to continued opportunities with dispensing functions.