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ISU Bengal Pharmacy’s Bret Jacobson named ISU 2017 CPI Supervisor of the Semester

November 22, 2017

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Bengal Pharmacy’s Bret Jacobson has been named the ISU Career Path Internship program’s Fall 2017 CPI Supervisor of the Semester.

Jacobson is the pharmacist in charge at the Bengal Pharmacy and is an assistant lecturer for the ISU College of Pharmacy.  Along with his pharmacy duties, Jacobson acts as a supervisor and mentor to multiple CPI interns.

Portrait of Bret Jacobsen“Having the chance to mentor pharmacists in training helps me keep a fresh perspective on the field,” said Jacobson. “There is a wonderful culture of sharing and learning between my interns and me.”  

Jacobson helps prepare his interns for a life in pharmacy through continual learning opportunities including participation in local community outreach. Last month, a team from the Bengal Pharmacy hosted a health day at the Simplot Don Plant where it provided flu shots and information on how to stay healthy in the upcoming winter.

“I am always trying to introduce my interns to new trends in the field of pharmacy, including the shift from the traditional dispensary style of pharmacology to a more clinical experience,” Jacobson explained. “We have seen an increase in demand for services and programs provided by pharmacists and I am working to ensure that my interns gain valuable experiences by providing screenings, administering vaccinations, and performing community outreach.”

Originally from Star Valley, Wyoming, Jacobson has spent his academic and professional career in the Mountain West region. He has four children that keep him busy, but he enjoys fishing in his spare. Whether he is catching a marlin in Mexico or fly fishing in a nearby stream, Jacobsen makes the most out of his time off.

This semester, the CPI office received more than 70 nominations for the CPI Supervisor of the Semester. In addition to the grand prize winner, the CPI Office selected five runners up: Brad Broschinsky, academic advisor, Idaho Falls Enrollment Management; Caryn Evilia, associate professor, Department of Chemistry; Jennifer Broschinsky, Teaching and Educational Studies; Marjanna Hulet, training coordinator, Information Technology Services; and Robert Rieske, assistant professor, Department of Psychology.

“Our office was excited to see such an outpouring of gratitude from our student interns,” state Emily Jahsman, CPI Program Manager. “Our program could not be successful without our strong network of supervisors, both on and off campus.”

Operating in its eighth year, the CPI program provides approximately 1,000 internship opportunities annually to ISU students. CPI internships provide career-related experiences to help students confirm their academic pursuits, gain valuable work experience, and prepare them for life after graduation. For more information about the CPI program, visit