International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Established in London since 1949, the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) is the leading International Advocacy Organisation for pharmacy students. Representing over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 70 countries worldwide, IPSF aims to promote improved public health and pharmacy education through the provision of information, education, networking, and a range of publications and professional activities.

BPSA is a Full Member Organisation representing pharmacy students in Great Britain to the IPSF. As a member of the BPSA you are automatically a member of IPSF and are invited to participate in the numerous programmes, projects, conferences, exchanges and other opportunities that IPSF can provide.

Campaigns and Projects

IPSF offers resources and support to run  multiple campaigns that complement the pharmacists’ role in public health, all of which are greatly aided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with whom IPSF holds Official Relations status. Click on the images below to find out more about the major campaigns:





Interested in organising any of these events locally, or want to share your success on the campaigning you do? Please contact the Student Exchange Officer by clicking here.


Internship Opportunities

Call for Applications

IPSF Internship at WHO Health Promotion Unit, Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)

IPSF is delighted to introduce you to an internship opportunity at the World Health Organization (WHO). Through IPSF, the WHO Health Promotion Unit will recruit one pharmacy student or recent graduate to work at the main headquarters in Geneva.


27th October to 5th December 2014


Under the supervision of Dr Kwok-Cho (KC) Tang, Senior Advisor on Health Promotion and Noncommunicable Diseases of WHO, the intern will execute mainly on the project of the following depending on the intern's area of interests and skills alongside with the approval from the WHO supervisor, IPSF additionally offers an opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the IPSF Policy / Public Health Committees as their co-opted member;
  • Attend conferences and represent IPSF at meetings within the United Nations system in Geneva with either permanent or special ground passes to UN buildings.


WHO may accept applicants who fulfil all of the following conditions as interns:

  • Applicants who are enrolled in a course of study in a recognized University or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification, graduate or post-graduate, covering the period of the internship, OR, has completed the formal qualification within the last six months;
  • Applicants who are fluent in at least one of the working languages of the office of assignment,
  • Applicants who are not related to a staff member (e.g. son/daughter, brother/sister or
  • Applicants who have not previously participated in a WHO internship programme;
  • Applicants who are not current tobacco users.

When accepting the internship, interns agree to:

  • Conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the standards of conduct expected of a person working in an international environment in a specialised agency of the United Nations
  • Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on WHO or on the receiving department and not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the
  • Provide the receiving programme with a copy of all materials prepared during the internship.
  • Interns may not disclose or make use of any unpublished or confidential information that comes to their knowledge in the course of their internship. The provisions relating to texts prepared for
  • Submit a written report at the end of the internship to be reviewed by the supervisor and other
  • Interns are expected to devote themselves full-time to the assignments of the receiving unit for

When offering an internship, the receiving programme agrees to:

  • Ensure that an intern's assignment is related to his/her field of study, meaningful for both the programme and the intern, and at the appropriate level of complexity and variety.
  • Review progress regularly and provide adequate feedback and coaching/mentoring during the
  • Provide office accommodation and related support facilities to enable the intern to undertake
  • At the end of the internship, prepare a written evaluation of the intern's performance and

How to Apply for the IPSF-WHO Health Promotion Internship

WHO will be responsible for the final selection of applicant(s). Successful applicant(s) undertaking an internship will not be financially remunerated by WHO or IPSF. Applicants will be responsible for

The deadline for this application is 30th September 2014.

As part of your application please submit:

  • A short essay (maximum 800 words) on the topic - emergency supply of medicines to less developed countries. All essays must be the original work of the applicant. IPSF reserves the right to publish the essays received (with acknowledgement of the author).
  • A membership confirmation letter from your IPSF member organisation.
  • Proof of the applicant’s health/medical insurance which should be valid in Europe including Switzerland and covering the duration of the internship;
  • Proof that the intern is enrolled in a course of study in a recognized University or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification, graduate or post-graduate, covering the period of the internship, or, has completed the formal qualification within the last six months;
  • A scanned copy of the main page(s) of the national passport.

The full application shall be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than September

Only PDF format of all applications will be accepted, with an exception of the essay which is expected in an editable format. The results of the internship selection will be announced to all candidates by October 4, 2014 at the latest.

You can learn more about the WHO Health Promotion Programme at: If you have any questions about the internship please contact the IPSF Internship Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming events

International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation 61st world Congress


The IPSF World Congress is the biggest and the most important event of the Pharmacy Students agenda. During ten days, seven hundreds of students and recent graduates from all over the world, get together to participate in several different activities, like Leaders in Training, Symposia, Workshops, Public Health Campaigns and to discuss the past, the present and the future of the Federation.


Hyderabad, India


30th July to 9th August 2015


  • 8 days of workshops, symposiums and general assembly
  • 1 day of excursion
  • every night a themed night to give you the best experience possible

Have a look at the tentative programme here:

For more information please visit the 61st IPSF World Congress website here:

The 6th World Healthcare Students’ Symposium


WHSS (World Healthcare Student Symposium) is the biggest international multidisciplinary event for healthcare students. Held every two years, it involves 300 students of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, chiropractic and other healthcare professions. The 5 day congress will include workshops and scientific symposiums conducted by established international speakers and practitioners from the healthcare profession.


Skopje, Macedonia


To be confirmed

To register for the event, kindly email the Student Exchange Officer or the European Officer.


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