The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program at IUPUI has much to celebrate as it marks its 10th anniversary. Over the last decade, the program has placed more than 500 sophomores and juniors in internships focused on health and life science fields, providing them with a critical asset when they seek employment upon graduation—experience.
Last year, 197 students applied to the program, which has funding to place 75 students into internships that begin in August and continue through the academic year. There are more than 60 internship sites available to the students.
While the program focuses on life and health sciences, students from 30 different majors have applied to the program. “We do have students who have a focus on writing or teaching. We take their majors and apply them to health and life science fields,” said Brandi Gilbert, director of the internship program.
The program was created as a retention and graduation initiative, Gilbert said. “IUPUI had a lot of great retention initiatives for first-year students, and there were senior-level initiatives and experiences like capstone projects to get students through their last year, but there was a real gap for second- and third-year students,” Gilbert said. “We were created to help keep students in school during their second and third years so they could get to senior-level experiences.”