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Emily Atkinson: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 3, 2016, at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

These are their stories.

Emily Atkinson is a senior at IUPUI, graduating this May. She plans to continue her education and earn a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Indiana INTERNnet: In what fields of science are you specializing? What made you interested in pursuing those?

Emily Atkinson: I’m currently majoring in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. I love learning about how the human body works and different rehabilitation exercises that help make the body healthy after injury. Specifically, I am interested in the skeletal system and aging-induced bone fragility. I currently work at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department in a research lab that studies osteoporosis and factors contributing to …

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From Medicine to Marketing: How Internships Changed My Mind

I enjoyed most subjects in high school—with the exceptions of physics and art.

Growing up, I had this idea that there were three main occupations that would bring the highest accolade: physician, lawyer, and engineer. When I had to choose a college major, I decided to pursue a pre-professional health track, since I was interested in biology. After taking an introductory course, I was smitten with psychology, and I quickly added it as a complementary major. By my junior year, I realized that my interest in the medical field was dwindling. I still enjoyed learning about the infinite complexity of living things, but I could not foresee myself living out the physician’s lifestyle. I loved watching House and Scrubs, but my interest stopped with TV.  This is why internships have been so critical in my career path.


The summer of 2010 brought along my first internship: Human …

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