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ASHP Experiential Education Program


ASHP offers a competitive advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) elective rotation in national association management to students pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree. The program is designed to provide experience in such areas as:

  • Association activities and operations
  • Professional and public affairs
  • Publications and drug information
  • Student affairs
  • Membership
  • Marketing
  • Governmental affairs
  • Quality Improvement

Program Details

The rotation schedule is designed to be four to six weeks in duration. Rotations are offered throughout the year, but please note that rotation placements are not available for December, May, June, and July. The rotation is intended to be an elective feature of a college of pharmacy's curriculum-based experiential program. Requests to participate must be coordinated through the experiential program staff of the school or college as an affiliation agreement must be in place before a student can be accepted into the program.

Members of ASHP staff serve as preceptors within their are as of expertise. The student is responsible for transportation, housing, and all other expenses association with the rotation. ASHP does not provide a stipend or salary with the rotation.

Student Eligibility & Selection Process

Selection of a student for participation is based on evaluation of the application materials submitted. ASHP reserves the right to refuse, with sufficient notice, the request of any student to participate in the rotation in the event of significant organizational scheduling conflicts which would interfere with the quality of the student's rotation experience.

Students interested in the ASHP Experiential Education should be enrolled in a full-time ACPE-accredited doctor of pharmacy program, be in good academic standing, and have an active membership with ASHP. The applicant shall have demonstrated involvement in professional programs and organizational activities. The applicant must be self-motivated and have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

To be eligible to apply, students must be enrolled in a full-time ACPE-accredited doctor of pharmacy program, be in good academic standing, and have an active membership with ASHP. Applications are accepted throughout the year on an ongoing basis (rolling admissions; no deadline). Apply Here.

Student Testimonials

Check out this video describing the day in the life of an ASHP extern, visit our ASHP Instagram page (@ASHPOfficial) to view past extern takeovers, or scroll down to read some testimonials from ASHP rotation students around the nation.

"During my APPE elective rotation at ASHP, I worked on numerous projects and met incredible leaders in the pharmacy profession that will serve as life-long mentors. I was able to practice new skills, expand my network, and grow in countless ways. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to train at this exceptional organization and contribute to the ASHP mission."  Michelle Azar, Pharm.D. / ASHP Extern 2021

"ASHP’s APPE elective rotation in association management was more than I could have ever expected. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the conversations and projects I was able to work on with ASHP staff. During interviews, I found myself constantly referring to and being asked about this experience. I highly encourage student pharmacists to apply for this APPE rotation as you will have an unforgettable experience." Peter Tonsits, Pharm.D. / ASHP Extern 2021

Contact Details

Pharmacy school faculty responsible for experiential programs who desire additional information should contact:

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Pharmacy Student Forum
4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814
[email protected]

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