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Business Services Staff Development Program

Purdue University = Big Business

You want hands-on experience. Get it here with Business Services

Let the BUSINESS SERVICES STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM give you an opportunity to enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise. We'll help you make your mark. Learn business processes while working within Business Services.

Your career begins here

Start your career within Business Services. Get to know Purdue and its people. Decide that your future involves providing excellence in business and support services.

Here at Purdue, we need talented people (like you) to manage business operations and keep the University running smoothly. If that sounds like a responsibility you're ready to take on, get out your checklist.


  • A bachelor's degree in business administration, management, industrial management, finance, accounting or management information systems.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and customer skills.
  • A grade point average of 2.75/4.00 or above.
  • PC and related software skills


  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Possess strong leadership skills
  • Willingness to embrace technology
  • Value diversity
  • Commitment to higher education

Your path can lead to a career in

Financial Management

Business Management

Research Administration



Contract Management

Treasury Management


What's in it for you?

Launch your career

Comprehensive benefits

Employer-funded retirement

Generous paid time off

Diverse, rich culture

Wellness programs

Educational environment

World-renowned reputation



I am interested! How do I apply?

We open the application process and select candidates twice per year; approximately every six months. To submit your interest and to find out more, contact careers@purdue.edu with the subject line: Business Services Staff Development Program. There is a very thorough search process to select the best of the best!

What is the Business Services Staff Development Program?

The Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to launch your career within Business Services at Purdue. You will learn about how the University functions as a business unit, meet key people across the University and gain valuable experience.

How long is the Program and what happens next?

After a successful six months of time in the Program (time frames can vary*), employees will be ready to take on the full responsibility of a professional career in Business Services. This can happen a variety of ways and will be discussed with each participant directly by their mentor.

What makes this Program different than a regular career opening on the Purdue Careers website?

Many career opportunities at the University require that candidates already have experience, which most new graduates do not have. This Program gives new graduates the opportunity to learn, grow and become ready to tackle the responsibilities of a career within Business Services. Selected candidates are full-time, salaried, benefit eligible employees of the University.

What makes a candidate competitive?

We look for candidates who have a knack for business, are strong leaders, value diversity, embrace technology and who are not afraid of a little hard work!

*Candidates must have successful work performance for six months in the Program before they can move out of the Program. Six months is the minimum time frame candidates spend in the Program. Time frames can be longer depending on candidate experience and/or performance and availability of regular staff openings. Accepting a position in the Program does not guarantee employment or placement into a regular staff position.