USP offers several training and research opportunities especially for students and fellows interested in pursuing scientific and public health careers that are aligned with USP’s mission and goals.

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Spend Your Summer Improving Public Health

The USP Summer Internship Program offers students of scientific and business operational disciplines the fulfilling opportunity to spend 12 weeks at USP working on a defined project that expands and enhances USP's core strategic initiatives. Selected applicants will work onsite at USP’s US headquarters in Rockville, Maryland from May 28 through August 16, 2019.

Internship Fast Facts

  • Duration: 12 weeks, 37.5 hour work week
  • Location: USP–U.S. USP is within walking distance of the Washington, D.C. metro system (Twinbrook station), making commuting convenient from most locations
  • Dates: May 28 through August 16, 2019
  • Compensation: Participants receive an hourly rate for each hour worked. Interns are responsible for travel, housing, and living expenses.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Contact: Meagan Dumsha, 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 juniors, or seniors and graduate students majoring in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy are eligible for scientific roles. Other majors will be considered for business operational internships.

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

Application Procedures & Deadline

To Apply, please submit the following documents:

  • Resume or CV
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay (no more than 300 words) describing your interest and aspirations in working for USP and making an impact to global public health
  • Please list the project(s) for which you would like to be considered in the subject of your email

Applications may be mailed to:

Applications and supporting materials must be e-mailed to: by close of business, Friday, March 1st, 2019.

Once all applications and supporting documentation are received by the deadline date Project Sponsors will review all submittals. If you are chosen by a Project Sponsor, you will be contacted by mid-March to schedule a phone screen with the Project Sponsor.

List of Projects (3)

Healthcare Quality Standards

The intern will assist with updating placements in the Medication Classification Tool for ongoing drug classification work (e.g., USP Drug Classification, Medicare Model Guidelines and Allergies and Intolerances). for the Medicare Model Guidelines (MMG) and the USP Drug Classification System (USP DC. The intern will also perform literature research to support the Allergy and Intolerance Value Set. Lastly, the intern will assist the expert committee in developing standards related to the previously mentioned drug classifications, compounded preparation exchange in Health IT systems, opioids and emerging medication safety issues.


The intern will support the comparison of a list of official USP-NF excipient monographs to those listed in FDA’s CDER IID, searching Daily Med Labels, and other search engines to identify US FDA approved and marketed dosage forms and associated routes of administration. The intern will identify the current gaps in USP-NF excipient monographs’ Additional Requirements (Labeling) and Specific Tests sections as well as other tests that may be deficient in supporting the excipient’s quality for current use in marketed US drug products approved by US FDA.

The Intern will also summarize all findings, categorize the gaps and create a prioritized list of excipient monographs highlighting these deficiencies. The position will support the update of the prioritized list of USP-NF monographs working with both the responsible Scientific Liaison and the Excipients Expert Committees. The Intern will also collaborate with both the Excipients Nomenclature Joint Subcommittee and the Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committee.

Dietary Supplements

Based on the current prioritization information, the intern will identify dietary ingredient and supplement suppliers and contact them to discuss potential for monograph sponsorship. The intern will also collaborate with marketing team and other market intelligence departments to review information to identify new ingredients/supplements for prioritization.