USP Summer Internship Program

Spend your Summer Improving Global Public Health

USP offers paid summer internships to students of chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and related disciplines. Selected applicants spend 12 weeks at USP–U.S. in Rockville, Maryland, working on defined projects that expand and enhance USP's core strategic initiatives.
NOTE: Summer 2016 applications are no longer being accepted. New internship opportunities will post early 2017.

Internship Fast Facts

  • Duration: 12 weeks, 37.5 hour work week
  • Location: USP–U.S. is walkable from the Twinbrook Metro Station, and a short Metro ride from Washington, D.C.
  • Dates: 2017 Dates TBD
  • Compensation: Participants receive an hourly rate for each hour worked. Interns are responsible for travel, housing, and living expenses.
  • Application Deadline: 2017 Application Deadline TBD
  • Contact: OnaLee Dougherty, Talent Acquisition Specialist, at, for more information.


  • Enhance appreciation and understanding of USP's activities in standards-setting, core compendial activities, and global public health
  • Advance scientific and/or practice knowledge
  • Contribute to USP's research and standards knowledge base in a tangible way

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors and graduate students majoring in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy are eligible. Graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences are also eligible.  

You must have completed basic chemistry courses, including quantitative chemical analysis. International students must possess the appropriate visa. Applicants must demonstrate self motivation, independent work habits, excellent oral and written communication skills, computer competence, and an ability to apply education and experience.

Application Procedures


  • Resume or CV
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay (no more than 300 words) describing your interest and aspirations in the pharmaceutical, quality of manufactured medicines, excipients, and healthcare quality standards sciences

Applications may be mailed to:

United States Pharmacopeial Convention
c/o OnaLee Dougherty
12601 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852-1790, USA

Applications may be e-mailed to: