Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The Purdue Interns for Indiana program, partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., aims to accelerate company growth while providing students with valuable educational experiences.

At Interns for Indiana, we connect Purdue University Students to Indiana’s startups in order to promote economic development, enhance student success and keep the best and brightest right in the states. Through a mutual selection process, we help companies choose students who can assist in the product development, research, process improvement, sales and many other needs of their company to ultimately 1) promote economic development 2) enhance student success and 3) keep the best and brightest here - in Indiana.

 To date:

  • Nearly 650 students have honed their skills through internships at more than 200 Indiana startups.
  • 93% of company partners report growth.
  • At least 27% of students have been hired by their internship company following program participation.
  • At least 18  companies have been started by program alumni.
  • The majority of interns for Indiana students stay in Indiana after graduation.
  • Students from a broad range of majors at four Purdue campuses have participated


Company Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Fall (part-time) Sessions. Simply complete the application. Our team will review all project applications and provide notification if your company’s project(s) is qualified to participate. The application system will close August 14, 2015. Please share this opportunity with your fellow startups. Below you will find the application.



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Company Application

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Student Application

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Anticipated Timeline

Fall 2015 Semester

                Company Application: July 27 – August 14

                Student Application: Aug. 18 – Sept. 1

                Company – Student Interview Day: Sept. 4 and 7

                              Location TBA

                Matches Announced: Sept. 10

                Internship: Sept. 14 – Dec. 18, 2015

Spring 2016 Semester

                Company Application: Oct 26 – Nov 16, 2015

                Student Application: Nov. 23 – Dec. 7

                Company – Student Interview Day: Dec. 11 and 14

                                Location TBA

                Matches Announced: Dec. 16, 2015

                Internship: Jan. 19 – May 7, 2016

 Summer 2016

                Company Application: March 14 - April 1, 2015

                Student Application: April 6 – April 22

                Company – Student Interview Day:  April 28 and 29, 2015

                                Location TBA

                Matches Announced: May 4, 2016

                Internship:  May 16 – July 29, 2016



For more information contact:

Jennifer Dexter, Internship and Outreach Program Manager 765-496-9350; dexterj@purdue.edu



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