Pharmacy Internship
Contact us

Jena Torpin, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy coordinator
763-236-7544 (Mercy Hospital)
763-236-4157 (Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus)

Megan Nelson, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy manager
Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus


Email CV/resume to

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)

In addition to dispensing functions, interns complete medication histories under the supervision of a pharmacist.