The Paul G. Cano Legislative Internship for Pharmacy Students

Many of the world’s most prominent influencers started their career interning on Capitol Hill – and you can too! Do you want to learn more about how future developments in Medicare, Medicaid, controlled substance regulation, and other federal and state health care laws and policies will affect your future pharmacy practice? Do you want to educate policymakers and help pharmacists make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in regulatory agencies as a student pharmacist? Then you are invited to apply for the Paul G. Cano Legislative Internship!

About the Internship

With new federal and state legislation and regulations governing every aspect of pharmacy practice, it is more important 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 student pharmacists valuable experience and training in legislative and regulatory advocacy on a federal level, and a first-hand look at how politics shape pharmacists’ practice across the nation. Internship 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 Cano internship will be an eight-week experience, from early June through early August, with flexible start and end dates. The selected candidate(s) 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

Watch a Day in the Life: of ASCP's Cano Intern, created by our Cano Interns, Anita Ngo and Natalie Nguyen.


To qualify for the internship, applicants must be student pharmacists enrolled in an accredited school of pharmacy with an exceptional academic record, and who have completed at least their second year of pharmacy school by the start of the internship. 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.


To apply, please submit the following materials to

  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 15 every year, but all materials must be received by the final deadline of February 7.

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