Diplomat to launch competitive internship and fellowship program, seeking students nationwide

FLINT, Mich., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Diplomat, the nation's largest independent specialty pharmacy, announced that it is launching an expanded summer internship program and a unique fellowship for college students. Both programs are designed to encourage young, progressive minds to experience, create and replicate social impact solutions. Flint's urban environment and the innovative atmosphere at Diplomat, one of Michigan's top five fastest growing companies, will provide students with challenging projects and exceptional opportunities for growth.

"We believe Flint stands on the precipice of national, if not international change, with a small enough population for young entrepreneurs to experience the challenges, to create unique solutions to those challenges and then to replicate the solutions in similar communities," Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman said. "We are actively recruiting college students from throughout the country to participate in our expanded summer internship and cohort fellowship programs designed to create social impact by truly solving universal problems."   

Internship positions will be available in the following departments: clinical services, community relations, corporate services, finance/accounting, human resources, industry relations, information technology, legal, marketing, pharmacy, retail pharmacy, and sales. The hands-on learning experience will last 12 weeks, June 2-Aug. 22. Interns will receive a mentor who will provide guidance and leadership. Additional experience will be project based and supplemented with live classroom sessions, web-based programs and an executive speaker series featuring leading minds from Diplomat as well as other Flint area executives and community leaders. 20 internship positions are available. Interns will be paid $10 per hour and will be responsible for their own housing.

The Diplomat Fellowship for Social Impact is dedicated to creating and discovering the solutions for social impact in urban communities. The goal of the program is to produce the next generation of thought leaders who will change local communities and, in turn, the world. The fellowship program will be 12 weeks, June 2-Aug. 22. During the course of the cohort-style program, participants will identify, summarize and analyze publicly available research pertaining to social innovations and their effectiveness. Using research findings, fellows will work to create a sustainable solution to a specific, well-defined social challenge. Throughout the program, fellows will develop important business and communication skills while building a network of contacts across a wide range of business sectors.

"The fellowship program is an inspirational, hands-on opportunity for college students who want to change the world and have a transformational impact on the lives of others," Hagerman explained. The highly competitive fellowship will offer up to 10 students the opportunity to create and discover solutions for significant social impact in urban communities. Fellows will receive housing in downtown Flint and a $4000 stipend. Upon completion of the fellowship, a certificate will be awarded. College credit is not available for the fellowship program.

Hagerman is excited about the students that both programs will bring to Diplomat this summer. "We refuse to wait for the future to get better," Hagerman said. "We know our communities have unmet needs which can only be addressed by multidisciplinary approaches and maximal innovative creativity. We also believe there are young social innovators who feel motivated to confront our social problems head on – and are ready to join us in finding sustainable solutions."

Interested candidates for either opportunity must submit an application online at diplomat.is/hiring. All applicants must submit a resume in PDF form and transcripts of completed college coursework. Fellowship applicants also must have a specific social impact venture they are commencing or building. If selected for fellowship interview, two letters of recommendation will be requested detailing why the applicant would be good for implementing the project proposal. The deadline for all applications is March 31, 2014. For more information, please email FlintMatters@diplomat.is.


About Diplomat

Diplomat serves patients and physicians in all 50 states as the nation's largest independent specialty pharmacy. Headquartered in Flint, Mich., the company focuses on medication management programs for people with specialized, long-term medical needs, including cancer, HIV, Hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis and many other serious or chronic conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: "Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place." Today, that tradition continues — always focused on increasing adherence and improving outcomes. Diplomat is accredited by URAC, PCAB, VAWD, ASHP and ACHC. Learn more at diplomat.is.

Media Contact: Steve Wolbert, Diplomat Pharmacy, 810-768-9313, swolbert@diplomat.is

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