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Brandi Gilbert, M.P.H. | Director

I’ve been the director of LHSI since January 2007 and have guided the program from the first group of 35 interns through the many changes and expansions to our now 70 interns and three intern ambassadors.

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part is the intern ambassadors. They have played a crucial role in not only promoting and growing the program but also in enhancing what we do utilizing their own understanding of why we do what we do. Every year we’ve had ambassadors, I’ve been amazed and impressed that some interns got so much out of the experience that they wanted to help share that back with the new group of interns. That and they’re some of the smartest, funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

How did you end up in your job?

I started working at IUPUI in fall 2004 in what is now the IU School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and in the IUPUI Office of Student Employment while working on a master's in public health through what was then the IUSM Department of Public Health and is now the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. After completing my degree, I saw a posting for a director of a new program (LHSI!), thought “oh cool, I’d get to start a whole program?!?,” applied, and here we are nearly nine years later.

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

To grow the program to fit our now 70(!) interns and to maintain the integrity of the program structure while still meeting the individual needs of more interns. Or just to survive, either one.

Why is LHSI awesome?

LHSI is awesome because it doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it’s part of the IUPUI community and interacts with so many other programs and services that students can tap into to achieve greater success while in school and beyond.


Shantia Reese, B.S. | Student Services Assistant

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part about LHSI is that with every event, workshop, and informational we are constantly trying to expose the interns to more experiences to aid in their growth. 

How did you end up in your job?

After graduating from IUPUI, I knew I wanted to work at an university so why not apply to my alma mater. While looking at jobs, I saw LHSI. I knew I had skills in the areas required and hoped that the director would give me a chance despite me being new to higher education. 

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

I am a homebody mostly, but occasionally I will hang out with my sorority sisters, friends, and loved ones. And of course, go to the mall to feed my shopping cravings. I also enjoy trying out new recipes that I find on Pinterest. 

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

My biggest goal is to add a new event or signature event that will add to the program and help the students.

Why is LHSI awesome?

LHSI is awesome because of the way it is structured to grow the students as they progress throughout the program. And of course because of Brandi and her hard work every day and night. 

Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself.

I love learning new things, and I am constantly looking up new things in my spare time—random restaurants, thoughts, articles, and anything that pops into my head. Also on occasions, you can find me humming; my hit singles to sing are Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, 50 Nifty United States, and Beyonce. 

 

Macy Ballard | Intern Ambassador 2016–2017

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part of LHSI was the opportunity to work closely with my mentors. We had a great relationship from the beginning, which made all the difference in my motivation to immerse myself in this experience. I think part of the reason why LHSI is so successful is the framework of the mentoring relationship.

How did you end up in your job?

After observing the LHSI staff demonstrate professionalism at different events, I was drawn to develop my own professional identity. The further along I came with this identity, the more I wanted to help others learn professional development as well. When Brandi sent out the invitation to apply, I took my opportunity to do so, and I am so glad I did.

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

Overall, I am not the most outgoing person, but my guilty pleasure is performing. I play in a band with some family members on the weekends. I also love to act, so you may catch me in a play with the Performing Arts Club at IUPUI or in a production with Footlite Musicals. When I am not on stage, however, I lead a generally quiet life of exploring coffee shops and hiking with friends.

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

Professional development all around! I want to explore and spread information about interviewing, professional etiquette, and business best practices. My individual project for the year is the ePDP, so I want to help interns see how they can tailor their portfolios to work for them and hopefully have some fun with it along the way. We are switching to a new, more user-friendly system this year that should make it a breeze!

Why is LHSI awesome?

This program is so awesome because it allows interns to explore the realities of their chosen fields before they get their degrees. This gives them time to consider all their options—options maybe they have not even heard of before their internship—while they still have time to adapt and change their minds if necessary.

Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself.

I collect vinyl records.

Lena Peters | Intern Ambassador 2016–2017

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part of LHSI is getting to have a hands-on experience. I am not merely watching someone perform research and doing simple intern work, I am able to be a vital part of the project and what is going on in my job. I love being an intern ambassador right now because it allows me to give back and to continue with a program that has been an influential part of my undergraduate career.

How did you end up in your job?

I received an email from the director of the program encouraging us to apply for ambassador positions. Initially, I was discouraged about applying because I thought I was not outgoing enough, but after talking with Brandi during one of her visits to my internship location, I was encouraged to apply. I was very excited to get the position and am happy to be an ambassador for LHSI.

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

I love to go on adventures, go to movies, and hang out with my friends, as well as exploring new and exciting things. 

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

In my current job, my greatest goal is to make sure that the present and future interns take from the program the same lessons and positive experiences that I did. I want to to give back to the program and help our director expand it to the best of my ability.

Why is LHSI awesome?

LHSI is awesome because it allows undergraduate students to have an experience in a possible job field. All of the interns are vital to the projects that they are assigned to, which is obvious at the end of the year during the poster session. The session is a collection of all the interns and showcases what they accomplished under the guidance of very skilled mentors.

Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself.

A fun fact about me is that one day I hope to set foot on all seven continents. I have three out of the way; now I need South America, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. (There is a way to go to Antarctica through National Geographic.)


Katie Isch | Intern Ambassador 2016–2017

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part of LHSI as an intern was the experience that I gained in a clinical setting. I was able to work under medical professionals and interact with them in a setting that helped prepare me for my future career. I enjoyed learning how to communicate effectively with both patients and providers to ensure efficiency and clarity. I was able to gain insight into a type of medicine that I could potentially be interested in later on in my education and career as well.

How did you end up in your job?

I enjoyed the internship a great deal and wanted to continue working with the program. I also appreciated the work that my ambassador did throughout the year and wanted to help provide new interns with that same experience. 

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and reading good books.

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

My greatest goal for this year is to continue in the footsteps of my ambassador by meeting with my group both semesters to make sure their projects are on track. I know this helped me with my poster and with my ePDP.  I appreciated this when I was an intern, and I want to not only continue but also to grow the concept to help improve the intern experience. 

Why is LHSI awesome?

LHSI is awesome because it provides a unique experience for future medical professionals to take a glimpse into their future professions. It allows students to see different sides of the medical field, particularly the research that goes into current medical advances. It also teaches students how to work with medical professionals and to collaborate with others to solve problems. On top of the invaluable experience that LHSI provides to students, it also is a paying job, which can be hard to find as a college student.

Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself.

I also work as a certified nurse assistant.

Abby Hadley | Intern Ambassador 2016–2017

What is your favorite part of LHSI?

My favorite part of LHSI as an intern was being integrated into an actual professional research team and being considered as an equal with my co-workers. The experience pushed me to develop myself professionally and academically, while also boosting my confidence in professional and academic settings. As an intern ambassador and past intern, I hope to continue utilizing the opportunities for professional development that LHSI provides. 

How did you end up in your job?

I was encouraged to apply after my own intern ambassador encouraged me to do so. Because I was so pleased with my own internship, I wanted an opportunity to tell more people about LHSI and the opportunities it offers to those seeking to gain more academic and professional experience and skills.

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

On the weekends, I love to just relax, watch my favorite shows, read, or hang out with friends and family. 

What is your greatest goal for this year in your job?

My greatest goal for this year is to assist Brandi, Tia, and the other intern ambassadors in making the LHSI experience the best it can be. I also want to successfully create and execute my own personal project in a way that will benefit the LHSI program and current/future interns.

Why is LHSI awesome?

LHSI is awesome because it gives students the chance to gain experience in a field that they are considering for their future careers. Students can see if this is the right field for them and gain important experience from this internship. Even if the student discovers they do not like the field of their internship, then this important discovery was made early on and the student still gained skills and experience that are important and transferable to any field that they may go into in the future.

Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself.

I collect old comic books.