LHSI is an internship program for IUPUI sophomores and juniors in life and health sciences majors, currently representing 20 different majors spanning nine schools on the IUPUI campus. LHSI is a campuswide collaboration encouraging students to engage mentors outside of their home schools, connecting interns with faculty and staff mentors in the graduate and professional programs on campus, as well as hospitals on and near campus.
Learn more about our staff, advisory team, interns, and mentors and view news stories about the program and our interns.
Funding and Support
The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program began in January 2007 with an IUPUI Commitment to Excellence grant to Simon J. Rhodes, Ph.D., and N. Douglas Lees, Ph.D. Under the directorship of Brandi Gilbert, the first full group of 36 interns started in the 2007–2008 academic year, and participation grew to 75 interns in the 2016–2017 academic year with additional funding from the deans of the Schools of Science, Engineering and Technology, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Liberal Arts, Physical Education and Tourism Management, Social Work, Public Health, Business, and University College. For the 2012–2013 academic year, LHSI partnered with the IUPUI Office of Student Employment and the Fall Work Initiative to offer an additional 10 internship spots.
Graduation and Postgraduation Outcomes
These internships serve to develop students as emerging professionals, retain students to graduation, and help students gain entrance to graduate and professional programs or gain employment after graduation. In the first six years of the program, 276 interns have completed the full internship. Of those 276 students, 249 have graduated from IUPUI or were directly admitted to professional programs, 182 are enrolled in graduate and professional programs, and 51 are employed in health and life science careers (some are employed on campus and are now LHSI mentors). Over 100 interns completed the full internship in the last two years, and there is currently a 100% persistence rate among those cohorts. Additional graduation and postgraduation data on these groups will be available starting in May 2016. We were also included in a publication about campus-level retention initiatives by Dr. N. Douglas Lees, "Creating and Supporting Best Practices in Student Retention" (March 5, 2015), in the Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings. Paper 3.
Learning Outcomes and Our Intern Stories
In addition to tracking graduation and first destination outcomes, we are interested in learning outcomes of the program and other ways we can engage with campus to enhance these outcomes. In fall 2009, LHSI was awarded the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association (MCEIA) research award to study learning objectives and outcomes of the program. This research was presented at the fall 2010 MCEIA conference, and a manuscript was published in the October 2014 edition of the Journal of College Student Development.
In the 2011–2012 academic year, LHSI began to participate in the IUPUI electronic personal development plan (ePDP) with a full rollout of the initiative in 2012–2013 as part of the IUPUI project within the Connect to Learning Project funded by FIPSE through LaGuardia Community College. The ePDP provides a framework for exploring the ties between the internship, classroom learning, and other experiences at IUPUI. View intern portfolio examples here. Through this work and reflection, interns have practice in effectively explaining their experiences to broader audiences such as employers and graduate school interviewers.