Our internships develop students as emerging professionals, retain them to graduation, and give them a good foundation for their next steps after graduation. Forty-seven percent of interns continued at the internship site after LHSI, and most of the others participated in other engaged learning opportunities immediately after LHSI.
Of the 349 interns who completed the full internship in five most recent groups through academic year 2021–22, 82% graduated from IUPUI or were directly admitted to professional programs, and 16% are still enrolled and on track to graduate from IUPUI. Of our graduates, 71% went on to be enrolled in graduate and professional programs, and 29% are employed in health and life science careers (some are employed on campus and are now LHSI supervisors).
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.