Pharmacy Students

What is an Intern Pharmacist?

The EVOLVE Intern Programme is the next step to becoming a registered pharmacist in New Zealand. To become an intern pharmacist and join the programme, you must either be:

A New Zealand or Australian B.Pharm graduate,


An overseas registered pharmacist who has met the qualifications to be an intern pharmacist (as set by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand)


A pharmacist who was formerly registered in New Zealand who is intending to return to the workforce (Please contact the Pharmacy Council to register your intent to register)

An intern pharmacist is a registered health professional who works under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act 2003. You must complete your internship within 2 years of graduation from university.

Interns undertake supervised practice under an approved preceptor in an approved site. The site is approved by the Pharmacy Council and the preceptor is a registered pharmacist who is trained and approved by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.

The purposes of the intern programme is to learn to apply the academic knowledge gained at Pharmacy School, to develop confidence in communicating with the public and other health professionals, and gain experience of the situations and events that occur in the pharmacy workplace.

Experience tells us that interns who are eager to learn, have a professional attitude, make teamwork a priority and take on responsibility willingly get the most out of the intern programme and make excellent pharmacists. The more the intern puts in, the more they will benefit and achieve. Every intern is responsible for their own learning and achievement, with the aim of being eligible to apply for Registration as a Pharmacist on completion of their practical training.

Learn more:
EVOLVE Programme Overview
Steps to entry into the EVOLVE Intern Programme NZ Graduates
Steps to entry into the EVOLVE Intern Programme REGR and RTP
Intern Pharmacist Vacancies 2023
Current Approved Intern Training Sites