Chemist Warehouse Internship Program 2023

Chemist Warehouse Internship Program 2023

Calling on all Intern Pharmacists looking to be a part of something special!

Over the last 5 years Chemist Warehouse has grown from a single Pharmacy in Auckland to becoming one of Aoteoroa’s most trusted Community Pharmacy Groups. Today, the group has over 35 Pharmacies across the Country and continues to grow to meet demand. We are proudly NZ Owned & Operated and pride ourselves in our commitment and dedication to making healthcare more accessible than ever before. Our mission is to break down all barriers to medication and healthcare access so that our communities can live happier and healthier lives.

The key to our success is our people! Our organisation is underpinned by a passionate group of Pharmacists who share the same vision and are the pillar to our company’s success. Pharmacists at Chemist Warehouse offer a comprehensive range of clinical services and practice at the top of their scopes with the aim of seeing their patients healthy and happy again.

Our Pharmacists are all about paying it forward! We firmly believe that to be the best, we must invest in the best. A big part of this is investing in the growth of our next generation of Pharmacists. We value your goals and aspirations just as much as you value them, and we have built a dedicated team of support staff to help you get there.

We now cordially invite you to start your next chapter as Intern Pharmacists with us and be a part of the NZ Chemist Warehouse family!

The Chemist Warehouse Intern program will provide you with:

  • Dedicated Education Pharmacists to support you on your Intern journey
  • Regular interactive face-to-face sessions and workshops with our professional services team
  • A dedicated and experienced onsite preceptor to guide you through your daily learning
  • Training session opportunities face-to-face/ZOOM every fortnight with immediate constructive feedback provided
  • Ongoing general support from program facilitators and Intern coordinators
  • Access to exclusive exam resources and support in preparation for the end-of-year registration assessment centre

Why choose Chemist Warehouse for Internship?

  • Supportive environment with over 130 Pharmacists working collaboratively across NZ
  • The support of Full time Pharmacists working in our professional services department
  • We cover all Intern-related EVOLVE & PSNZ fees
  • Intern rotation opportunities between different stores
  • Ongoing education and coaching on product knowledge & customer service skills
  • Chemist Warehouse values Diversity & Inclusion of all staff
  • Vaccination Accreditation from our in-house accredited Co-ordinator

What does the future hold for you as a Chemist Warehouse Pharmacist:

  • Being a part of a large Pharmacist network
  • Future Partnership opportunities with the company
  • Leadership Training & Development for aspiring Pharmacy Managers
  • Competitive hourly rates +10% past 7PM weekdays & weekends
  • Annual reimbursement of APC & PDA
  • Various career opportunities and specialisation post registration
  • Opportunities to work with Automation & Robotics
  • Generous Staff discounts
  • Flexibility to move between stores and work opportunities throughout NZ

Currently offering Internship opportunities in: Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch, Springlands, Hawkes Bay, Pukekohe and many more.

Feel free to call Sara on 021 214 7334 for a friendly chat, our NZ Pharmacist Owners and Intern Coordinator would also happily answer any questions you may have. You can also email me on

Another option is to contact Ken at

Applicants for the positions should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit. The successful applicant will be required to meet a satisfactory Criminal History Check outcome.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Applicants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Thank you to CW for their support towards NZAPS-O 😊

What to expect out of a Pharmacy degree💊💉

Are you considering studying pharmacy? Don’t know what the degree consists of? Well this is the right place to find out more about it!

A bachelor of Pharmacy is one of the health professional courses offered here at Otago University. Pharmacy is a degree that allows an incredible amount of variety in terms of what you can do in the future. Just a few examples include work in: community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, business ownership, medications safety, etc.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy consists of the following papers (this is subject to change every year, so make sure to stay updated with the course coordinators):

As pharmacy students, we learn to become experts in medicines relating to health conditions such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidaemia
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Dermatology (dermatitis, psoriasis, impetigo)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (GORD, constipation, diarrhoea, IBD)
  • Musculoskeletal (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout)
  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
  • Renal Infections
  • Kidney Diseases
  • Stroke and Heart Diseases
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Respiratory infections
  • COPD, Asthma
  • Men & Women’s Health (prostate, pregnancy, contraception, urogenital infections)
  • Oncology (cancers, cytotoxics, pain management, supportive care)
  • Neurology (insomnia, epilepsy, dementia)
  • Psychiatry (anxiety, depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia, addiction & opioid treatment)
  • Palliative care
  • Infectious diseases

We also learn about ethics, law and partake in numerous skills labs to practice dispensing, checking and validating prescriptions. This is also where we develop our practical skills in compounding and making drug solutions and/or creams. Pharmacy not only revolves a technical side with chemistry and calculations, but we also learn how to communicate effectively with patients. It is a degree that develops your confidence in your communication skills along with confidence in applying the knowledge that you have learned in lectures and workshops in real life.

Pharmacies offer a variety of other services that we also become trained on such as:

  • Vaccinations (covid-19, influenza, MMR, meningococcal, shingles, whooping cough)
  • INR (anticoagulation service)
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Supplying of meds for UTIs, erectile dysfunction, emergency contraceptive pill, etc. 

It is a degree rich in variety and if you’re interested in not only becoming a medicine expert but are also passionate in working with patients and in healthcare then this might be the degree for you! 😊

Disclaimer: Specific papers may vary per year and is subject to change according to the course coordinators so always reach out and email the School of Pharmacy if you had any questions or feel free to comment!

More Sources!!

Check out the Otago University page for more info on technicalities (papers, requirements):

Check out our School of Pharmacy Page for more info on what the school is up to during the year:

Check out our NZAPS-O social pages for a more social insight into what being a pharmacy student at Otago is like:

White Coat Ceremony 2022 🥼

Our annual White Coat Ceremony for the new P2’s (aka 2nd year pharmacy students) was held this year on Saturday 16th of July. The White Coat ceremony is traditionally held at the start of the year in February to welcome our new students, however due to covid it had to be postponed this year.

We’d like to congratulate the students on their entry into the School of Pharmacy and we hope that they enjoy the journey into attaining their degree! Huge thank you to the School of Pharmacy staff for being present and organising the coats, as well as our NZAPS-O execs and student volunteers for all their help on the day!

Wine & Cheese 2022 🍷🧀

Our annual Wine & Cheese was held on Saturday, the 7th of May at Lonestar as per usual!

We are incredibly grateful for our strong relationship with the Lonestar team, and they did an incredible job managing the night and keeping all our student attendees safe! Shout out to Amy, our superstar Social Rep for all her work in organising an amazing night!

Special thanks also goes out to Michael Trillo for the incredible photography! Check out his facebook page for the full album of photos!

But for now, here’s a wee snippet of what the night looked like:

NZAPS-O Camp 2021

2021 camp stared off with a bang this year! After coming out from a year of COVID we were excited to put this event on for the new pharmacy students! Camp took on the 19th-21st of February with 78 students attending from all years.

The new students were greeted on the lawn of the Otago Museum on Friday afternoon by our executive team and helpers. Upon boarding the bus, the students were divided into five coloured teams and had their first chance to meet their new teammates whom they would soon get to know a lot better through games, team activities, and challenges. Once the students arrived at the campgrounds, they dug into their first meal which was prepped and ready by some of our wonderful helpers. After lunch, the eager P2’s dove into their teams and participated in several ice breaker games and team-building exercises.

First game: Ballon game

Our 5 teams immediately jumped into activities after lunch and took part in their first game for points! Throughout camp we had activities that earned each team colour points and the winning team would receive a bar tab later in the year at another Pharmacy event. These events ranged from sports to acting to intellect and had everyone participating.

Our amazing revue rep Owen Parkinson came up with 5 skit topics that were picked out of a hat and random allocated props by a member of each team, which was later to be practiced and showcased. The first team challenge popped off with the balloon game, followed by an egg toss competition, and finally a quiz night after tea! We were excited to see the students were quickly forming new friendships.

The next morning greeted us with another beautiful day which was the perfect weather for SPORTS DAY! The afternoon consisted of the 5 teams facing each other off in a few sports games to win the most points. There was Volleyball, Touch Rugby, and Non-stop Cricket of which the students seemed to really enjoy! We also tested each teams’ strength; Tug of War was the obvious game of choice which resulted in a great ending to sports day. After lunch, the campers were re-energized and enthusiastic to carry on with the competition, next on the agenda was skit practicing.

Everyone gathered in the hall and the night had just begun, each team performed their acts ranging from raps battles, to singing, and impeccable acting which showed us that the P2s had some real talent. The hall was filled with laughter and applauds, and everyone had done an outstanding job the judges had a hard time making a unanimous decision. The night was a hit, which we all celebrated with a pizza night!

We then wrapped up the night with a DJ to come in give us some good tunes!

Also a big thank you to Nico Ritmeester and all of the exec for organising such a well put together camp!

A Flat Crawl in Imagination Land!

Saturday 14th March marked the day the door to Imagination land opened, and different characters and creatures from all movies and TV shows you had once seen had come to life. The objective of the day was to take upon activities and challenges across three flats on the mysterious land of North Dunedin.

Our members first assembled at our first flat on Leith Street, where different year levels prepared themselves for the first challenge; The Scrumpy Race! The event was sponsored none other than Scrumpy themselves, providing our members with plenty of refreshments in hand.

It was the perfect day for our members to enjoy a beverage in the hot sun, with plenty of dancing, mingling, a sizzling BBQ, and hot chips to keep our comrades going with full energy throughout the day!

Best dressed of the day was awarded to Shea McDonald whose outfit was inspired by the Joker.

A huge thanks to Scrumpy for yet again helping our association with ticking off another great flat crawl!