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Retail Pharmacy Intern

  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Healthcare
  • Fargo


  • Must meet the minimum education requirements to be registered through the respective state board of pharmacy (requirements vary by state).
  • In North Dakota, one year of full time college or university must be completed with pre-pharmacy curriculum.
  • In Minnesota, one year must be completed in a professional pharmacy program (third year in school as the first 2 years are the pre-pharmacy courses).
  • Must maintain annual registration as an Undergraduate Pharmacy Intern through the respective State Board of Pharmacy.
  • In South Dakota, if the individual has not started the first professional year of pharmacy curriculum, they must be licensed as a pharmacy technician in training through the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy. Also, the Pharmacy Intern registration must be attained within four months of hire.


  • A pharmacy intern is a student who works in a pharmacy to gain hands-on experience. These individuals work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists and hospital or store pharmacy managers to ensure that they are performing their job duties correctly. In a retail/community pharmacy setting, the Pharmacist reviews, interprets and dispenses both prescription and non-prescription medication to patients. The pharmacist takes an active role in responding to prescription issues and advising providers on the selection, dosage, interaction and side effects of medications. Counsels patients on the medication prescription including but not limited to: proper administration, possible side effects, expected response, storage and any other questions posed by the patient. Monitors the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy. Must be able to learn and utilize new technology as the profession of pharmacy evolves. Provides oversight and clinical supervision for pharmacy series and pharmacy support personnel.
  • In a medical center or institutional setting, the Pharmacist reviews and interprets provider orders, provides drug information, assists in problem solving, and provides other aspects of pharmaceutical care. Duties may consist of unit dose dispensing, IV Admixtures, outpatient prescriptions, navigating the electronic medical record, compounding, and working with automated dispensing devices. The Pharmacist utilizes appropriate age-related patient information to assess the pharmaceutical needs of patients, which may include provision of pharmaceutical care to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. The Pharmacist follows all established regulations and standards that govern the practice of pharmacy. May be required to act as a shift supervisor under direct or indirect supervision by department managers. Demonstrates good written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to learn and utilize new technology as the profession of pharmacy evolves. Provides oversight and clinical supervision for pharmacy services and pharmacy support personnel.
  • Pharmacy services at Sanford Health may include involvement in acute care surgery, neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, oncology, infusion services, intensive care, general medicine, dialysis, transplant, antimicrobial stewardship, and medication reconciliation. May include decentralized clinical functions, such as direct patient interaction/interdisciplinary team rounding, chart reviews, customer or patient counseling, collecting accurate medication list. May also include centralized clinical functions, such as checking and dispensing medications and overseeing the clinical functions of the IV room.

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Mission & Purpose

Sanford Health is the largest rural health system in the U.S. Our organization is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we serve more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. Our integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations, and world clinics in eight countries around the globe. Learn more about our commitment to shaping the future of rural health care at sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.