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Program Basics

Do I qualify for LHSI?

To apply for LHSI you must:

  • Be a full-time IUPUI undergraduate student working toward a first bachelor's degree
  • Be in your first or second year at IUPUI at the time you apply (at least one semester at IUPUI prior to applying)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and major GPA of 3.0
  • Have any additional skills specified in the project description
  • Have related major or relevant coursework for employment or graduate study in the life-health sciences

Transfer students are eligible after being at IUPUI for at least one semester (must have an IUPUI GPA at time of application). The first/second year eligibility means graduating no sooner than one year after the end of the internship period.

International students are eligible because LHSI counts as an on-campus job. All on-campus job policies for international students apply to this internship.

What kinds of opportunities are available?

The internship experiences are as diverse as the locations in which they are offered. We have projects spanning bench and clinical research, hospital and clinical research administration, healthcare education, and science writing and communications. Available projects are listed on the Apply for LHSI page when applications are available. Previous intern poster descriptions offer excellent insight into the types of projects former interns have been involved with—these can be found on the poster session page.

What is an internship exactly?

An internship with LHSI is a paid position in which IUPUI undergraduate students engage in relevant work experiences within a professional area of study. Interns are encouraged to apply their academic experience to real-world problems and develop critical skills in various areas of research and professional work. For more information on the definition of an internship, please see the following link:


LHSI internships are not “grunt work” jobs for students. They offer an opportunity for meaningful exposure to professional fields at an undergraduate level.

Do I qualify for LHSI?

There is a 0 credit course associated with this internship, and it qualifies for an E under the RISE initiative. Interns are not required to register for the course; interns are encouraged to discuss this option and other for-credit options with an academic advisor.

More information on MED-I 200 available here.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes! Interns are paid $10.50 per hour for up to 10 hours per week. The pay is hourly based on hours logged on a time sheet, and paychecks are paid biweekly. Interns are hired as hourly workers subject to all IU HR policies and federal and state employment laws.

Do you accept work-study?

We accept work-study; although, it is not a requirement of the program.

What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

The program has averaged nearly 200 applications for 75 internship spots over the past two internship cycles. You must meet the basic requirements and submit the application on time to be considered. We recommend you apply at your earliest opportunity (usually the spring of your first year at IUPUI) to allow another year of eligibility if you don't get in on your first try.

The most successful applicants have utilized campus career services for assistance in putting together the application materials.

I have a bachelor's degree already, but I'm coming back for pre-req classes. Am I eligible?

No. But you may find opportunities here:



You could also check with your school's career services office for more resources.

Are international students eligible?

International students are eligible because LHSI counts as an on-campus job. Students must meet all other program requirements to be eligible to apply.

All on-campus job policies for international students apply to this internship. If you have questions about those policies, please check with the Office of International Affairs.

Program Logistics

How long does the internship last?

The internship begins in late August and ends in early May.

How many hours per week would I work? When would I work?

Interns work a maximum of 10 hours per week, usually during 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The typical intern works 6–10 hours per week. Check your schedule to make sure you have those hours available, preferably in a few blocks of time each week, before you apply for the program.

Hour requirements or restrictions are specified by the mentors in the project descriptions listed on the application website.

Where would I be working?

Most laboratories participating in LHSI are located in the various research buildings on the IU School of Medicine campus. These laboratories often focus on academic or medicinal research. They may conduct research for a hospital or company, but they often do not involve direct interaction with patients or hospital staff.

There are also several participating clinical laboratories located in IU Health hospitals (Methodist, University, Riley), as well as the LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, and the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital. These locations are more directly involved with hospital patients and staff.

What are the clothing requirements?

Dress code is specified within the project description for each location. This is available during the application period. Generally, the dress code is based on laboratory safety or professional dress for those in clinical settings.

How do I apply for LHSI?

The online application is available from late January to mid-March at lhsi.medicine.iu.edu/apply. You must complete the application in full, including attachment of a resume and cover letter, by the deadline stated on that page.

Program Application

What is the application/selection process?

  • Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed applications (application form, resume, cover letter) submitted by applicants. Only complete applications will move forward for screening.
  • Review the minimum requirements and additional requirements of each location carefully. It is your responsibility to demonstrate on your application that you meet all of the minimum requirements to be considered. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected. 
  • You will receive an email when your application is received in full and one additional email after the due date to inform you of when application decisions will be made. If you don't receive the email, contact lhsi@iupui.edu to make sure your application was received.
  • Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. Being selected for interviews is not a guarantee of admission to the program.
  • Applicants selected for the interview process will meet with at least one mentor. Mentors and applicants will meet for an interview in a timely manner and will submit feedback to the director of LHSI.
  • Matches are made based on feedback reviewed by the director. Based on feedback and at the discretion of the director, additional interviews may be assigned in the case of a nonmatch.
  • Final matches are released upon review of spring grades in mid-May.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline is during the week before IUPUI spring break. The exact date is listed on the application page.

You are encouraged to submit your application at least a week before the deadline. Late applications are not accepted.

I have transfer credits, what number of credits do I put on the application?


The application asks for credits you've already completed. Put the number found on your IUPUI transcript, as that counts any accepted transfer credits.


Don't worry if your credit hours are high enough for you to look like a senior. We also ask for your anticipated graduation date and determine qualifications based on that.

I'm dual enrolled at Ivy Tech or Butler, what do I do?


If you are currently dual enrolled at IUPUI and either Ivy Tech or Butler University to reach full-time status, we have a space on the application to upload your other (unofficial) transcript so we can verify full-time enrollment to ensure you're qualified for LHSI.

The application form is not submitting. Help!

Make sure you have completed every field of the application and have attached both a resume and cover letter while not exceeding 2 MB each. PDF documents are the most ideal and should be under the maximum file size. Word documents are also acceptable. Avoid image files like .jpg or .png. Still having problems submitting? Contact lhsi@iupui.edu.

You will receive an email as soon as your application is received. If you don't receive an email, contact lhsi@iupui.edu to make sure it went through. There are no extensions for applications that did not submit properly.

What is a cover letter and resume? Who do I address it to?

Helpful resources for writing a resume and cover: 



We highly recommend you have someone in your school's career planning office check your resume and cover letter. See this list for contact information by school.

You may address the cover letter to the director or to the selection committee.

Who should I ask to be a reference?

Appropriate references are former supervisors, professors, academic counselors, advisors, or anyone who can speak to the quality of your work. They are usually happy to act as a reference, just ask them! Inappropriate references include friends and family members. Letters are not necessary (due to the volume of applications they will not be reviewed anyway).

Can I get an internship through LHSI other than those listed on the application?

Unfortunately, no. LHSI is its own specific program, and we work with the sites and mentors listed. If you are looking for other internship opportunities, please visit your school's career services office for more information!