For seven years, Brandi Gilbert has played a pivotal role for IUPUI students eager to explore the world of health care careers, particularly in research, as the director of the Life-Health Sciences Internship Program.
The LHSI program connects IUPUI undergrads seeking life and health sciences degrees with research and professional internships on or near the IUPUI campus. The students get to explore career goals while gaining professional connections with faculty and staff in IUPUI’s graduate and professional programs.
“It’s a nice (track for) pre-professional students who want to learn what life as a researcher would be like,” said Gilbert. “It helps serve students that come from all over the academic map here at IUPUI.”
The interns, who work for a full academic year, come from 27 different majors and minors spanning seven schools on the IUPUI campus, Gilbert said.
Since the program was launched in 2007, nearly 300 students have had a chance to spend a year with faculty mentors, testing their interest and skills in the life sciences.
In 2011, the program added intern ambassadors, former interns who help recruit future interns by telling other students about their experiences.