November 19, 2015
The College of Pharmacy recently hosted Career Gateway, which provides an important connection between student pharmacists and potential employers, residency programs, and fellowships.

The College of Pharmacy hosted its 11th annual Career Gateway on Wednesday, October 21. This career fair provides an important connection between student pharmacists and potential employers, residency programs, internships, and fellowships. One hundred twenty-one representatives from forty-two companies explored diverse pharmacy career paths with students.

Students learned about employment opportunities, fellowships, internships, residencies, nontraditional Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations, and other general career information. The College also provided 60 one-on-one interview opportunities for students with several different companies. This annual event falls under Career Connections, the College’s career services program for PharmD and PhD students.

The College received exceptionally positive feedback from both students and employer partners.

“I participated in the community pharmacy interviews at Career Gateway as a P4. It was a great opportunity for students to meet personnel from prospective companies. Normally, candidates would apply through their websites, which lack the opportunity for personal interaction. My dream position would be working as an infusion center pharmacist, but I also wanted to explore options of outpatient and community pharmacy. Chain community pharmacies also have specialty/infusion services that I wanted to explore,” says Shao-Ju Chang, PharmD’16. 

"Career Gateway is a tremendous asset to students, especially for a P4 like me. I was able to interview with a couple of employers and network with many more. This event brought the employers to us and created an environment where we could start the conversation and initiate a relationship. Career Gateway has grown in scope and importance over the years as evidenced by the number of employers that were present. I’m grateful to the College for organizing such a great event," adds Tony Koehn, PharmD’16.

Thank you to the event Silver Sponsor, CVSHealth, whose support helps the College achieve its mission of linking highly qualified students to job and internship opportunities. Thank you to the event donors: HomeTown Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Walgreens. To learn how you can support Career Gateway, contact the Pharmacy Advancement office. 

Visit our Facebook page for photos from this event.