A decade ago, Pankita Pandya was a sophomore sitting in one of her science classes at IUPUI when she heard news about a research internship opportunity. "No one really knew much about it," she recalled. "But I was already interested in medicine, and I figured in between classes that it would be good to see if this was going to be a full-time career opportunity."
Pandya applied and was accepted for an internship in the IU School of Medicine's neuroscience department. Fast-forward to today, when she's a postdoctoral fellow at the IU School of Medicine—in a sense, never leaving after her internship. "When I finished my undergrad, I applied for the Ph.D. program at the School of Medicine," Pandya said. "I already knew the campus, so I decided to stick around."
There are hundreds more of this kind of success story in the Life-Health Sciences Internship Program at IUPUI, now in its 10th year. Pandya was part of the first class of 35 interns; today, there are 75. Students do their internships over an entire academic year while still taking classes.
The program will officially recognize its 10-year mark at the Life-Health Sciences Internship Program Poster Session and 10-Year Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 28 in the University Tower Ballroom.