Graduate Internship Policies

Requirements and Regulations for Department of Pharmaceutical Science Internships

Internships foster professional development through work in drug discovery, development, and/or regulatory affairs in pharmaceutical, medical device or biotechnology companies. Students engage in pharmaceutical science research or work in an environment outside the University under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

For all students:

  • Students must have completed one semester with a GPA of 3.2 or better, be in good academic standing and have no instances of academic dishonesty, no blocks on enrollment, and no repeated or incomplete courses.
  • Students employed in a faculty lab must receive permission prior to applying to any outside internship position.
  • Students are responsible for finding their own internships. Prior to looking for an internship, resumes must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator for approval.
  • Students must register for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Internship course (PHSC 6401) to receive academic credit for their internships.
  • MS Students with a 3.0 GPA may take internships in either or both summer sessions of the full-time program.
  • PhD candidates (post qualifying exam) need approval of their academic advisors. PhD students may not take internship during semesters they are supported by an SGA.
  • Students enrolled in the internship course must write a paper (at least 2 pages) describing their internship learning outcomes.  This should be sent to the Internship Coordinator.  In addition, internship supervisors will be asked to reply to a questionnaire about students’ performance.

For International Students:

  • Students are required to have a valid I-20 and taking internships must not extend international students’ visas.  Internships during any graduate program must not exceed 52 weeks.
  • After securing an offer letter from internship sites, international students must obtain signed approvals from a) the Internship Coordinator, b) the Bouve Graduate Office, and c) the ISS, in that order.
  • Internships totaling more than 52 weeks will eliminate the possibility of post-graduation OPT (Optional Practical Training).
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    Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
    Bouvé College of Health Sciences
    Northeastern University
    140 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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