Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The Interns for Indiana Program connects Purdue University students to Indiana startups and technology companies in order to promote economic development, enhance student success, and provide professional opportunities to high performing students with the goal of keeping them in the state after graduation.  Through a mutual selection process, companies are matched with students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who can assist in research, product development, process improvement, marketing, sales, and other company needs.


 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


Student Application

Applications are now closed for the 2015 Fall (part-time) Session. Our team is reviewing all student applications with the goal to make as many matches as possible. The application system closed September 1, 2015.



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Anticipated Timeline

Fall 2015 Semester

                Company Application: July 27 – August 21

                Student Application: Aug. 24– Sept. 1

                Student Resumes Provided to Companies: Sept. 2

                Companies Interview Candidates: Sept. 3 - 9

                              (Company on-site location, on campus or location determined)

                              (On Campus Details - Sept 4 & 8, Burton D. Morgan Center, RM 129 & 146)

                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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