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 Winter 2022 Work Term (January to April 2022). As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and professional development provider for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students, 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 an understanding of OPA’s role within the pharmacy profession but also gain an appreciation of 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
    • Learn more about the many diverse opportunities that exist in pharmacy practice

*You need to log in to WaterlooWorks for more information and to apply.
**For pharmacy students at the University of Toronto, the 2022 student position takes place over the summer months, and the posting for that position will be made at a later date.

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 more information, please contact Valentina Grigorenko, HR Manager at [email protected].

Hear from our past co-op students about their experiences at OPA:

“Advocating for your future career, extensively growing your professional network, and furthering your education in the pharmacy field – all of which are incredible opportunities for a pharmacy student when you work at the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). If you are a passionate and ambitious pharmacy student that is looking to make a difference, then I highly recommend a student position with OPA!”
– Bradley Grightmire, University of Waterloo, Class of 2021

“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, University of Waterloo, Class of 2022