APhA Executive Residency Program

The APhA Executive Residency Program will provide pharmacists with training and experience in the fundamentals of association management to support APhA’s vision, mission, and brand identity as the leading professional organization representing pharmacists in all practice settings. Residents will contribute to APhA’s strategic priorities and operations through collaborations with staff teams across the organization. 

As an Executive Resident, you will build on your pharmacy education and contribute to projects that have an impact on pharmacy practice and patient care. You will meet, interact with, and learn from well-respected and highly regarded professionals who are passionate about bold and transformational progress for the profession. This program is designed for pharmacists who are interested in bringing their best, most innovative ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit to collaborations with the staff, leadership, and members.   

An APhA Executive Resident position is a 12-month paid opportunity that will take place at the historic APhA Headquarters* located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  

*Subject to virtual depending on operating status. 

Residents can apply for a concentration in one of the following areas

Pharmacy Education

APhA is one of the largest providers of education to pharmacists and has helped hundreds of thousands of pharmacists expand their knowledge and skills. From introductory continuing education to Board Certification preparation and recertification, APhA’s educational offerings help equip pharmacists in every practice setting to provide the best possible care for their patients. This position will provide the resident with extensive experience related to all aspects of producing education for pharmacists, including: 

  • Identifying educational gaps/needs 
  • Identifying and cataloging core competencies related to the provision of pharmacy services 
  • Establishing relationships and working with subject matter experts 
  • Fundamentals of adult learning 
  • Instructional design 
  • Ensuring compliance with ACPE standards 
Pharmacy Education and Publications

This position will be shared between the Education and Publication teams. In addition to gaining the experience listed above, residents will also focus on the Books and Digital Publishing (BDP) program that supports APhA’s mission with award-winning, peer-reviewed resources, publishing between 8–12 textbooks and references annually. The BDP program has published numerous bestselling titles in the pharmacy field, including the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, The APhA Complete Review for Pharmacy, Peripheral Brain for the Pharmacist, and Art, Science, and Technology of Compounding. BDP is also responsible for the creation of the groundbreaking digital platform PharmacyLibrary. This position will provide the resident with the following:  

  • Overview of the publication process and digital publishing  
  • Interaction with key pharmacy experts and thought leaders 
  • Project management experience 
  • Hands-on educational technology training 
  • Acquisition process experience with surveys and focus groups 
  • Creative and instructional design knowledge 
  • Budget and portfolio management 
Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)

BPS was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of APhA. The mission of BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of interprofessional health care teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. This position will provide the Executive Resident with the following: 

  • Experience related to the administration of an accredited certifying agency 
  • An emphasis on projects that optimize workflows and enhance communications with BPS-approved professional development program (PDP) providers and BPS Specialty Councils, while remaining aligned with BPS strategic goals, policies and procedures  
Pharmacy Practice

APhA provides vital leadership in transforming the role of the pharmacist and advancing pharmacists’ patient care services. Working in collaboration with members and other stakeholders, including pharmacy and other health care associations, government agencies, and the private sector, APhA develops standards, practice tools, and resources that prepare members for their role on the health care team while advocating for changes that benefit them and their patients. In this position, the Executive Resident will be involved in the following experiences:

  • Development of practice tools and resources
  • Extensive APhA Academy and member engagement activities
  • Project management
  • APhA policy and advocacy efforts
  • Analytical and research projects
  • Advancing and promoting the role of the pharmacist


  • Competitive stipend consistent with that of other pharmacy residencies and fellowships 
  • Social Security withholdings through payroll deductions 
  • Health and dental insurance. Family coverage may be obtained 
  • Group term life insurance and long-term disability insurance 
  • Ten days personal leave during the 1-year period 

Residents will be selected by the APhA Staff based on the following qualifications: 

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited college or school of pharmacy. 
  • The applicant must be recommended by present or former employers, preceptors, college faculty, or dean. 
  • Final candidates will have a personal interview, at the candidate’s expense, at APhA Headquarters in Washington, DC. 
How to apply

The application period for the 2022-2023 APhA Executive Residency Program will open in Fall 2021.  You will be asked to rank your preferences for your preferred Residency type (Education, Education/Publications, Pharmacy Practice, Board of Pharmacy Specialties). 

Within the form, applicants will be asked to electronically submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV). At minimum, the following should be included in the applicant’s CV and/or cover letter: 

  • Contact information: Name, address, phone number, and email address 
  • Education and training: Institutions, locations, years attended, dates of graduation, type of training or major subject, degrees, and certificates 
  • Professional and related experience: Institution or organization, location, dates, type of work, and position title 
  • Organizational memberships, including positions held and activities: Professional, honorary, service, and social 
  • Publications 
  • Honors or awards received 
  • Personal objectives: A brief description of future goals and aspirations and why the applicant believes that the APhA Executive Residency will be of value 

The application also requires two letters of recommendation from any of the following: a present or former employer, preceptor, college faculty, or dean. Recommenders must submit their letters directly within the OpenWater application portal. 

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