Graduate and Post-Graduate Outcomes

Our internships develop students as emerging professionals, retain students to graduation, and give them a good foundation to earn 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. 249 of those students 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. We were also included in a publication about campus-level retention initiatives: N. Douglas Lees, "Creating and Supporting Best Practices in Student Retention" (March 5, 2015). Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings. Paper 3. This publication can be read online through the Academic Chairpersons Conference site

Retention Graduation Data

97%97% of our alumni have graduated or are enrolled and on track to graduate.

75%75% of graduates have moved on to graduate or professional programs.

Learning 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. Through this work and reflection, interns have practice in effectively explaining their experiences to broader audiences such as employers and graduate school interviewers.