Do you thrive on change and want to gain more insights into the pharmacy profession? Then consider a student role with the Ontario Pharmacists Association!


OPA is offering one University of Waterloo pharmacy student a chance to be part of the action during the 2022 Fall Work Term (September to December 2022). As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and professional development provider for pharmacists, pharmacy students, interns and technicians, OPA represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. OPA is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care.


The OPA Pharmacy Student will be a valuable member of the Professional Affairs team, contributing to excellence in pharmacy practice and patient care. The successful candidate will not only gain a greater sense of OPA’s role within the pharmacy profession but also an increased understanding of different factors affecting pharmacy practice which may include how government and private payor regulations and policies influence patient care, pharmacy operations and pharmacy economics.


Reporting to the Director, Professional Affairs, the OPA Pharmacy Student will:

    • Gain hands-on work experience in their chosen field
    • Meet and connect with leaders in the profession
    • Participate in internal and external meetings when appropriate with government and other pharmacy stakeholders
    • Develop professional skills that will benefit them throughout their career
  • Recruitment for this position is through WaterlooWorks; log in to WaterlooWorks for more information and to apply. Please refer to the University of Waterloo’s recruiting schedule for the 2022 Fall Work Term for information on when job postings are available as well as application deadlines.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the location of work (i.e., in-office or remote) may change based on the current circumstances and will be discussed with the student prior to the start date.
  • (For pharmacy students at the University of Toronto, the student position takes place over the summer months, and the posting for that position will be made at a later date.)

For more information, please contact Victoria Ip, Director, Professional Affairs at [email protected].

Hear from our past students about their experiences at OPA:

“At OPA, I have been given the opportunity to work alongside pharmacy pioneers who work tirelessly to better the profession by developing advocacy proposals, submitting responses to consultations, and launching first-rate communications, updates, and practice tools at superhuman speed…the wealth of knowledge I am leaving OPA with far exceeds the amount of knowledge I entered with, and that is all I could ask for. The knowledge I have gained and the skills I have learned and refined while at OPA will be imperative aspects of my professional journey, wherever it may lead.”


– Kalyn Langford, UWaterloo, Class of 2024

“My time at OPA has given me meaningful insight into just how much the member association does. It was an enlightening experience to be able to attend important meetings throughout the current lifespan of COVID-19, as well as other policy or project-related discussions with significant organizations such as the College, Long-Term Care Working Group, Public Health Ontario, and, most often, the Ministry of Health…the experience and insight I have been exposed to through OPA’s work in an urgent, time-sensitive situation has been greatly rewarding and satisfying as a learning experience through co-op.”


– Jenna Vietri, UWaterloo, Class of 2022