Our Mission

To inspire IUPUI undergraduate student success through high-quality, structured internship experiences that encourage career exploration, skills development, and professional growth.

This is accomplished through on-campus experiences with faculty and staff in the IUPUI graduate and professional programs as well as hospitals on and near campus.


Build relationships

Build Relationships

The start of lifelong professional networks.

Exhibit integrity

Exhibit Integrity

Consistency, quality, and building trust is the basis of professionalism.

Gain independence.

Gain Independence

Grow as professionals and prepare for postgraduate success.

Program Outcomes

SkillsThe intern will demonstrate career-related or research-specific skills.

GoalsThe intern will explain and analyze his or her career goals.

IdentityThe intern will formulate an early professional identity.


The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program will achieve its mission through:

  • Connecting interns with faculty and staff mentors in the IUPUI graduate and professional programs as well as hospitals on and near campus.
  • Providing professional development opportunities for interns to facilitate intern career goal exploration, skills growth, and development of a professional identity.
  • Establishing and maintaining best practices and expectations for intern experiences.
  • Providing opportunities for interns to practice professional communication. It's not enough to do the work; interns need to be able to communicate what they've done and the outcomes of their work to diverse audiences.

We make a difference

Learning outcomes

Our Story

The Life-Health Sciences Internship (LHSI) 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 2007–08 academic year and expanded participation to 75 interns annually starting in the 2015–16 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, Education, Business, and University College. For the 2012–13 academic year, LHSI partnered with the IUPUI Office of Student Employment and the Fall Work Initiative to offer an additional 10 internship spots.

We're here to support you


LHSI is an internship program for IUPUI sophomores and juniors in life and health sciences majors. Current participants represent 40 majors across 12 schools and academic units on the IUPUI campus. LHSI is a campuswide collaboration encouraging students to engage mentors outside of their home schools and connecting interns with faculty and staff mentors in the graduate and professional programs on campus as well as hospitals on and near campus.

Read more about our history

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ePDP Gallery

LHSI uses the ePDP (electronic Professional Development Portfolio) extensively to help our interns articulate their experiences in their internships with three main goals of demonstrating career-related or research-specific skills, explaining and analyzing their career goals, and formulating an early professional identity. 

View past ePDPs

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