The Paul G. Cano Legislative Internship

for Pharmacy Students

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Do you know how future developments in Medicare, Medicaid, controlled substance regulation, and other federal and state health care laws and policies will affect your pharmacy practice? Want to educate policymakers and help pharmacists make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in regulatory agencies? Apply for ASCP’s Cano Legislative Internship!

About the Internship

With new federal and state legislation and regulations governing every aspect of pharmacy practice, it is more critical than ever for pharmacists to stay informed of policy developments in Washington, DC, and around the country. In memory of Paul G. Cano, ASCP’s former Director of Government Affairs, ASCP has maintained a legislative internship position since 1993. This internship offers pharmacy students experience and training in legislative and regulatory advocacy on a federal level, and a chance to see first-hand how politics shape pharmacists’ practice across the nation. Job duties and opportunities include:

  • Attending congressional hearings
  • Researching and analyzing issues that affect pharmacists nationwide
  • Meeting with federal regulatory agencies and national coalitions
  • Monitoring changes in legislation and regulations
  • Drafting communications
  • Attending networking events with ASCP staff

The 2016 internship term will run for eight weeks, from early June through early August, with flexible start and end dates. The candidate we select will receive a stipend for this internship (more information will be provided during the interview process).

A Day in the Life of a Cano Intern

Click on here to watch a Day in the Life: of ASCP's Cano Intern, created by our 2012 Cano Interns, Anita Ngo and Natalie Nguyen.


To qualify for the internship, applicants must be a current pharmacy student enrolled in an accredited school of pharmacy with an exceptional academic record. Applicants should have a strong interest in legislative and regulatory affairs. Preference is given to those applicants who have actively participated in one or more professional associations and who possess excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.

How to apply

Submit the following materials via hard copy or email to the address below. We prefer electronic submission of documents, but sending hard copies will not negatively impact your application.

  1. A one-page letter describing how the Cano internship fits in with your professional and academic goals
  2. A resume or CV
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Successful candidates will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated academic achievement, and an interest in regulatory affairs and legislation. Candidates who best match ASCP’s needs will be interviewed by telephone or in person. Consideration of application materials will begin on January 30, 2016 but all materials must be received by the final deadline of February 29, 2016. Please submit materials and inquiries to:

Attn: Cano Internship
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
1321 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3563 (email applications preferred)

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