Volunteering in pharmacy can be tricky because of drug handling laws and patient privacy laws(HIPPA). Some hopitals will have volunteer opportunities in the summer starting at age 16. It is good to get a feel for healthcare. So look for any heathcare exposure opportunities.
Some small, independent pharmacies might let you " shadow". That is where you come in and watch the "flow" of business and interactions. The big stores like Cvs,walgreens, walmart, rite aide, etc. usually are prohibited from allowing shadow experiences. A job delivering for a local pharmacy also gets you face to face with patients, but those usually require that you are 18 or over.
Allison recommends the following next steps:
- Check summer opportunities at hospitals
- Check colleges with pharmacy schools for high school pre-pharm summer programs