Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (B.S.P.S.)
We recognize that hands-on experience is just as important as the knowledge-based learning gained in the classroom. Required laboratory courses will provide broad and consistent training for all students. Experiences in companies or faculty research labs are optional, but highly encouraged and supported by the program.
To help students develop a clear understanding of the scope of Pharmaceutical Sciences early in the 4-year program and to learn about, understand, and apply for internships, the Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation course has been designed for sophomore BSPS majors.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation: Course Assignments
- Prepare a Company Report, describing one company which conducts some aspect of pharmaceutical sciences. Communicate the findings to fellow students.
- Prepare a report which explores a potential career path for individuals educated with BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Choose a specific area within pharmaceutical sciences and describe the area, types of employers and jobs in that area, and the specific education or skills needed to prepare for such a position. Communicate the findings to fellow students.
- Draft and polish a resume highlighting the student’s own capabilities relevant to pharmaceutical sciences.
- Draft and polish a “professional statement” regarding the student’s own academic and career goals appropriate for fellowship applications and related purposes.
For more information about internships and experiential education, contact Erin Edmonds, BSPS Experiential Education Coordinator, at 401.874.7023.
More about Internships
Most internships require completion of sophomore year of study. Many—especially the larger companies—have minimum GPA requirements. Links to specific opportunities will be available through the URI site RhodyNet (URI student and faculty access only), and through the following list of public links to programs at the large pharmaceutical companies.
Competitive fellowships for research at companies:
- Abbott (Abbot Park, IL) Internship Programs
- Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA)
- Biogen Idec (Cambridge, MA; San Diego, CA; Research Triangle Park, NC)
- Boehringer Ingleheim (Ridgefield, CT)
- Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)
- Genentech (South San Francisco, CA; other CA sites)
- Genzyme (Cambridge, MA)
- GlaxoSmithKline (Research Triangle Park, NC; Boston MA; Philadelphia, PA)
- Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ)
- Lonza Biologics (Hopkinton, MA)
- Merck & Co. (Westpoint, PA and two NJ locations): Merck’s Future Talent Program, summer internship, academic year co-op experience (4 months or more)
- Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (Cambridge, MA; California; Basel, Switzerland, Horsham, UK)
- Pfizer (Groton, CT or other sites): Pfizer Summer Student Worker Program- Internships
- Roche (Palo Alto, CA)
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Deerfield, IL)
Competitive fellowships at government research labs:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
- NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program for financially disadvantaged students, your financial aid office must have certified you as having “exceptional financial need.” (Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 148, August 3, 2010, pp.45628-45629)
- Search for other Federal opportunities
Competitive fellowships at other Universities:
- Most universities have a summer undergraduate research program. Think about where you would like to go, and then search their websites.
- NSF sponsored Summer Research for Undergraduates at various institutions