Careers in Pharmacy Program

Summer Program for High School Juniors

(Formerly known as the "Career Explorers Program")Careers in Pharmacy Program


Four-week program: July 11 - August 5, 2016 (tentative dates)
Monday - Friday; 9:00am - 5:00pm

For more than ten years, Walgreens has partnered with Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy to offer a unique summer program for high school 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 career.

During this program, students will spend eight hours per day for four weeks (Monday through Friday only), either on campus or at their respective Walgreens location, which will be close to home. Students are responsible for their own transportation to campus and their Walgreens site. To help with the cost of transportation, a limited number of commuting scholarships will be available. Details are available in the application.

Learn more about pharmacy as a career.

Pharmacy Career FAQs Flyer

Careers in Pharmacy Program Flyer 2016 (with tentative dates)


Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in this program, each student must:



Students will be selected for admittance into the program based on a submitted application and official school transcripts. The application for the summer of 2016 program is expected to be posted on this page by mid January.

Applicants who are in final consideration for admittance will be contacted to schedule a brief interview that will be conducted via telephone at a mutually agreed-upon time. A total of 20 students will be admitted into the program.


Open House

An Open House for this program will take place in February on a date to be announced. This will be an opportunity for applicants and parents to visit the Midwestern University campus, meet some of the program's faculty, and learn more about program.




Application available online


Open House (date TBA)


Applications due


Acceptance notification via letter


2016 Careers in Pharmacy Program Dates (tentative)



Is there a cost to participate in this program?

No, there is no cost to participate, aside from the required $40 fee to apply for the pharmacy technician license. This program is funded by Walgreens. Students learn about the importance of patient-centered care in the community pharmacy setting. As such, the time at Walgreens is a shadowing experience. However, to have access behind the counter in the pharmacy department, the pharmacy technician license is required.


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, drug dosage forms, therapeutics, compounding lab, and clinical skills in pharmacy practice workshops.


What will the students do at a pharmacy site?

Students will gain valuable hands-on experiences working at a pharmacy and 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 while studying to become a pharmacist or other healthcare provider.


How are the pharmacy sites chosen?

The Walgreens site will be chosen by the company based on the home address supplied by the student on his/her Registration Form, which is sent with the acceptance letter in early May. Generally, the site will be no more than 20 minutes from the student's home to limit the drive for the student.


How does the application process work?

In 2015, more than 60 students applied to this program. Currently, there are 20 seats in this program, so the process is competitive. Final selection of accepted students is determined by a thorough evaluation of the application, official transcript, and a telephone interview. Students will be notified by May 4th via letter. They may be accepted, placed on the alternate list, or denied.


When do I need to obtain the pharmacy technician license?

Students who are selected to participate in the program will be supplied with details about obtaining this license in their notification letter in early May. 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 in the mail. The license must be in the student's hand on the first day of the program, which is tentatively set for July 11th. The student must have a social security number in order to apply for a pharmacy technician license.


How does the student get to the campus or his/her Walgreens site?

Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Public transportation is not readily accessible to the campus. Students will spend an entire day at either the University or at their pharmacy site. They will not be required to go to both on the same day. A limited number of commuting scholarships are also available. Details are available on the application, which is posted on the Web page for the upcoming year in early January.


Is there any on-campus housing available for participants in this program?

No, there is not. Participants in this program are minors, and our on-campus housing cannot accommodate minors. Students who are accepted into the program must plan to commute to campus from their own homes or the home of a nearby adult family member who can provide the minor with supervision and guardianship for the duration of the program.



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