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Students to learn what it takes to intern

P1 and P2 professional student pharmacists asked questions, listened to experienced interns and shared lunch as they participated in “A Day in the Life of an Intern” from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 26 at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. Student interns and leaders from CVS/Caremark, Target Corp., Wal-Mart, Walgreens and H-E-B came to campus to get students ready for summer internships. This hour-long, lunchtime event provides an opportunity for first- and second-year students to learn from peers about internship experiences, gather information about company hiring policies and processes, and to better prepare for interviews.

P1 & P2 professional student pharmacists listen to partners from H-E-B, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Suarez and Patsy Cavazos, and interns at “A Day in the Life of an Intern” on Nov. 26. Interns who spent their summer at the H-E-B eight-week program who shared were Michelle Bastanjoo, Adam Villarreal, Kelsi Gulick, George Varas and Adam Riezenmann. Brittany Bateman and Jackie Sosa learned what it takes to run a pharmacy during their P2 summer at the Arsenal in San Antonio in a corporate internship.

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H-E-B recognizes two interns

Alexandria Soulard and Lisa Albers, second-year professional student pharmacists at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, completed internships with H-E-B over the summer. Both were recognized for their presentations that were part of their internships.

Soulard, second-year professional student pharmacist, worked at H-E-B in Kingsville. During a 10-week internship, Soulard completed a variety of tasks that will prepare her for her future in a pharmacy career.

She completed medication therapy management (MTM), complete medication reviews and a technician in-service project developing a system for the technicians to learn how to implement MTMs in the store. Soulard was awarded with Presentation of the Year for the Coastal Bend region.

“My project was developing an App for mobile devices for the H-E-B pharmacy,” she said. “I actually created a functioning app for H-E-B using flash that allowed patients to refill medications, look up recipes and look at local events at their stores.”

Albers, second-year profession student pharmacist, completed her summer internship at H-E-B in Corpus Christi. As part of her internship, she did a presentation on MTM services. She was recognized for her presentation and was awarded for being the best presenter.

Winning the best presenter award was an honor for Albers. She experienced successes at the store she interned with, but did not expect to earn the recognition that she had received. It was a rewarding experience that led the H-E-B location to continue her employment in order to maintain their MTM results.

“I learned a lot from this internship. I had no retail experience prior to this and was pleasantly surprised by what I learned,” Albers said. “I was very impressed with H-E-B’s movement toward wellness services, as well as how much the customers and patients really depend upon and trust their pharmacists. Before pharmacy school, I never really expected to be interested in retail. However, H-E-B is a great company and has truly made me think twice about where I would like to spend my career.”

Story by Art Niño, junior English major at Texas A&M University-Kingsville