Getting Involved at Purdue (Fall 2016)

Getting involved at Purdue is both easy and difficult. It’s easy because there are 1000+ clubs and organizations, not to mention outlets for those interested in music, religious worship and service, community service, Greek life, and more.  It’s difficult because the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming!  We encourage you to attend a few call-outs (open meetings for new members), even if it’s your first semester.  It’s a great way to meet a variety of people, build new skills, and explore budding interests.

Call-outs typically happen the first few weeks of each semester, but Fall semester is definitely the key time!  Here are some great resources to investigate your options:

BoilerLink: Your home for Purdue clubs and organizations. Shortcuts to different categories of organizations, like religious, cultural, club sports, and hobbies can be found on the B-Involved page.

Global experiences: The International Center (language courses & events), Study Abroad, MIX (U.S. students helping international students feel at home), Boiler Out (international and U.S. students providing community service), Go! Purdue trips, and more.

Greek and Co-op Life: Great ways to meet people and make a difference in your school and community.

Community Standards Board: Students who love law and want to participate in helping students find their best path might like this opportunity to serve!

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development: Is it time for you to realize your leadership potential?  Find out by investigating the many leadership and community volunteer opportunities at Purdue!

Heart & Soul, Purdue Bells, and All Campus and Community Chorale (AC3): Love music, but don’t want the full-on Glee Club or Purduettes commitment?  Consider one of these groups!

ROTC:  For those looking to serve their country through the armed forces!

Purdue Convocations:  Are you interested in bringing hot new shows to Purdue?  Or maybe you just want to usher for a few hours and get to see a show for free in the process?



Student Employment Options (Fall 2016)

There are many places on campus (and slightly off campus) where you can earn some extra cash during the semester.  Note: Some locations will employ only students who are Federal Work-Study, so check your financial aid status before you interview.

Student Employment I: The Division of Financial Aid has created an excellent website to help you not only find a job on-campus or close by, but to prepare for the interviews, as well.

  • To find work study jobs quickly, go to the jobs page, then click Cntl-F to open the search box for the page. Type in “work study” and all instances of that word will be highlighted on the page.

Student Employment II: Purdue has brought together many of the on-campus job opportunities onto one searchable page.

Recreational Sports Center: Are you an active person interested in fitness and health?  These might the jobs for you!

Information Technology at Purdue: Lots of different types of jobs for those with interests in computers, technology, and problem-solving.

Housing & Food Services: Flexible, student-friendly schedules and great experience-building.

Convocations: Internships, as well as unpaid experiences bringing current acts to Purdue and marketing them.


Purdue Policy Research Institute Fellowships (apps. due May 21)

Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Undergraduate Fellowship 2016-17

PPRI is pleased to offer three (3) fellowship positions to senior undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary study of public policy and policy-related research. The undergraduate fellow will receive a $1,000 scholarship, be provided with carrel space for study in Mann Hall in Discovery Park, and will be expected to play a leading role in outreach activities at the Centre. The undergraduate fellow may enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course for course credit, reflecting a learning experience that combines attendance at PPRI seminars and other events with work on a research project defined in consultation with the Director. The specific number of credit hours and the nature of the project could be negotiated with the Director, but it is expected that students will be in residence at the Policy Institute at the start of the Fall semester. The Fellowship appointments are for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students are invited to apply for the award directly. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic background, record of excellence, evidence of interest and fit with PPRI mission, and promise of future achievement. The Director aims to assemble a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive team. In order to be eligible, the applicant must meet each of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the Purdue West Lafayette campus,
  • have completed the coursework for their freshman and sophomore years, and
  • have a CGPA of at least 3.33.

A completed application will contain the following:

  • copy of your most recent transcript,
  • resume,
  • statement describing your interest in interdisciplinary policy research (maximum one page),
  • copy of a paper you have written in a course related to the subject, and
  • the name and email address of a Purdue professor who is willing to act as a reference for you.

Please submit these materials to:
Applications close: May 21, 2016

Summer Job at the Horticulture Greenhouse (Summer 2016)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, April 14, 2016: 

Summer Jobs – Horticulture Greenhouse Team

  • 10-20 hours per week on weekdays and every third weekend.
  • Duties include watering plants, stocking, cleaning, trash, minor mntc tasks, beneficial insect release, drip irrigation installation.
  • Assist with research project.
  • $10/hour

Contact Rob Eddy at  or pick up application at HGRH 1139B.  They hope to do interviews soon so contact him asap.