Careers in Pharmacy Program

Summer Program for High School Juniors

Two Sessions Offered (choose one):
June 19 - 30  OR  July 10 - 21, 2017
Monday - Friday; 9:00am to 4:00pm

Careers in Pharmacy Program

*** Registration for 2017 has concluded. Please see Registration for 2018 program notification.

For more than fifteen years, Walgreens has partnered with Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy to offer a unique summer program for students interested in a career in pharmacy.

The Careers in Pharmacy Program consists of a short course of organized, hands-on activities in pharmacy-related topics offered on the campus of Midwestern University, as well as an opportunity to shadow a pharmacist at a Walgreens pharmacy near the student's home. The program provides an overview of pharmacy education and various careers in pharmacy, as well as link students to mentors who will provide career counseling in this health profession.

During this program, students will spend seven hours per day for two weeks (Monday through Friday), either on campus or at their assigned Walgreens pharmacy, which will be close to home. Students are responsible for their own transportation to campus and their Walgreens site.

Careers in Pharmacy Program Flyer 2017


Students must have just completed their junior year in high school and will be graduating with the Class of 2018. The registration process will include the submission of official high school transcripts to confirm. Students who have just completed their senior year in high school or those attending college are not eligible.

Students who are strong in math and science have the greatest success rates in pharmacy school. Other helpful qualities include possessing a strong desire to help people, analytical thinking skills, attention to detail, high ethical standards, a natural desire to learn, as well as good judgment and professionalism in answering questions.


The fee for participation in this program is $50 per student for the full two weeks. This includes all activity costs and lunch on campus for three of the days. This fee is payable online with a credit card, or you can mail a check made payable to Midwestern University. Please note: there is an additional fee of $40 to obtain the required State of Illinois Pharmacy Technician License.


Registration for the 2017 sessions has concluded. If you will be completing your junior year in high school in the summer of 2018, and you are interested in participating in this program, please send an email to Ms. Cheryl Elder at and request to be notified when the 2018 program information becomes available. Generally, this occurs in February of each year. Please include your name (student's name) and email address.

Program FAQs

What is the schedule for the program?
Students will spend seven of the ten days on the Midwestern University campus in Downers Grove. The remaining three days will be spent at their assigned Walgreens locations, which will be closer to the students' homes. The exact schedule of which days they will be at their Walgreens site may vary between sessions. The schedule will be shared on the first day of the program.

Is there a cost to participate in this program?
Yes, there is a $50 cost, which includes all activities, and lunch for three of the days. In addition, there is a required $40 fee to obtain the pharmacy technician license. Students learn about the importance of patient-centered care in the community pharmacy setting through a shadowing experience at Walgreens. However, to have access behind the counter in the pharmacy department, the pharmacy technician license is required. Upon confirmation of enrollment, details about applying for this license will be included, which is a very simple online process. Please allow six weeks for receipt of the license.

How does the registration process work?
You may register and pay for the program either online, or you may print the registration form (found on our Web page) and mail in your payment. Complete instructions are available on the form.

Regardless of which registration method you use, all students will need to have official high school transcripts sent to Midwestern University, as noted in the instructions on the registration form. (They must be official transcripts and not Website printouts.)

Once we review the transcripts for confirmation of grade level in school, we will notify registrants of the status of their enrollment via a confirmation email. This will include instructions to obtain the required pharmacy technician license, which is a simple online process.

Registration forms and transcripts are processed as we receive them. Enrollment occurs on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, register and forward your transcripts as soon as possible. There is a maximum of 40 seats in each session.

What will the students do on campus?
Students will attend various lectures, labs and workshops. They will learn basic information, such as introduction to pharmacy careers, customer service, and some pharmacy law. Students will also experience a sample of classes typical in pharmacy school, such as pharmacy calculations, how drugs work in the body, environmental concerns, drug dosage forms, compounding lab, and clinical skills in pharmacy practice workshops. Seven of the ten days in the program will be spent on campus.

What will the students do at a Walgreens pharmacy site?
Students will spend three full days at their assigned Walgreens site, gaining valuable experiences by observing a pharmacist as he/she consults with patients and physicians, oversees the dispensing of medications, and administers patient-centered care. Students may also learn how to be a pharmacy technician, which will be helpful in gaining employment in a pharmacy.

White coats will be provided to students, but must be returned at the conclusion of the program. Visits to the Walgreens locations will be on designated mid-week days.

How are the pharmacy sites chosen?
The assigned pharmacy site will be chosen by Walgreens personnel based on the home address supplied by the student on their registration form. Generally, the site will be no more than 20 minutes from the student's home to limit the commute for the student.

If the student is visiting the area and staying at a temporary address for the duration of the program, this information can be provided upon enrollment. If provided, this temporary address will be the one referenced when making site assignments.

When do I need to obtain the pharmacy technician license?
Students who receive confirmation of enrollment will be supplied with de¬tails about obtaining a State of Illinois Pharmacy Technician license in their notification email. At the time of application for this license, the student must be 16 years old. It can take up to several weeks to receive the license via email. Upon receipt of the license, it must be printed out and in the student's hand on the first day of the program. The student must have a social security number in order to apply for a pharmacy technician license.

How does the student get to campus?
Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Pace bus service offers some accessibility. The campus is not located near the Downers Grove train station. Parents may drive their teens to campus and pick them up at the end of the day. However, due to security restrictions, parents may not spend the day on campus. Parking is free on campus, and students will be issued temporary parking passes on the first day of the program (proof of auto insurance required).

Is there any on-campus housing available for participants in this program?
No, there is not. Students who are accepted into the program must plan to commute daily to campus from their own home or the home of a nearby adult family member who can provide the minor with supervision and guardianship for the duration of the two weeks.

Learn more about pharmacy as a career.

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Chicago College of Pharmacy
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Cheryl Elder