Graduate and postgraduate outcomes

Our internships develop students as emerging professionals, retain them to graduation, and give them a good foundation for their next steps after graduation.

Of the 529 interns who completed the full internship in the first 10 years of the program, 86% graduated from IUPUI or were directly admitted to professional programs, and 11% are still enrolled and on track to graduate from IUPUI. Of our graduates, 74% went on to be enrolled in graduate and professional programs, and 26% 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

Retention graduation data

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

74%of our 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 2011–12 academic year, LHSI began to participate in the IUPUI electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP) with a full rollout of the initiative in 2012–13 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.