Work with our interns


LHSI is a great chance to mentor a current undergraduate. In addition mentoring the next generation of life and health sciences researchers and professionals, you can:

  • Access a pre-screened pool of students interested in your field
  • Meet potential future graduate students or employees
  • Work with students who already have at least some basic lab and research skills
  • Tackle projects that you are interested in but for which you might not have time or access to the skillset needed
  • Make connections and create better relationships with students
  • Develop supervisory skills in graduate students and postdocs
  • Improve retention and graduation rates by keeping students on campus for class and work

Become a Mentor



LHSI pays for the intern, you provide the experience. The intern works with you 10 hours a week from late August to early May. You'll have two site visits with the director per year to check in. There is a poster session in April for the interns to present the work. We have a competitive travel grant available for interns to join you at a conference or national professional meeting. Connections to other ways to continue the work after the end of the internship

Because interns are also enrolled in full-time coursework, we ask that you keep the projects within the designated 10 hours per week. The total time for the internship is approximately 30 weeks and we provide a list of other opportunities on campus if you'd like to extend that time with another program or funding source.

Project descriptions are accepted all year and are posted from late January to mid-March for the following academic year.

I would not be where I am without that mentoring. I want to give that experience to others.

Silvia Bigatti | Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI

Intern Overview

The typical LHSI intern is a full-time sophomore or junior and has at least a 2.5 overall GPA (the average tends to be in the 3.5-3.6 range). Interns apply in the spring semester for the following year, are pre-screened by us, and interview with you prior to placement.

LHSI is designed to take students out of their "home" academic departments and place them with faculty and staff in graduate and professional program locations. If your school has undergraduate programs you will not have those students placed with you. The description form allows you to select from the majors available at IUPUI.

The fact that she gave me a chance and joined a program for me I'll always be thankful for.

Emily Atkinson, LHSI 2014-15, IUPUI Graduate 2016

Experiences Count

150Over 150 faculty and staff mentors provide an invaluable experience for interns. We've worked with 150 faculty and staff mentors in the last ten years.

40%Over 40% of our mentors have worked with LHSI for three or more years.

Contact Us

If you need more information or have questions about what an appropriate project might looks like, contact Brandi Gilbert. 

Phone: (317) 278-3637