Natural Resources Extension Internship Program

Extension provides non-formal education and learning activities to both rural and urban residents and communities throughout the country. The FNR extension program has a broad environmental scope including fisheries, forest management, invasive species, urban forestry, sustainability, wildlife, and wood products ( The Natural Resources Extension Internship program was developed to provide an opportunity for students to enhance their career skills through practical, hands-on experience. Our extension internship program can help students:

  • Develop leadership and decision-making skills in handling creative challenges
  • Gain experience developing extension products including publications, online videos, presentations, and/or more
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Build professional references and contacts
  • Clarify career goals
  • Learn from a diverse and experienced group of natural resources professionals

Eligibility Criteria

Internships are open to Purdue and non-Purdue students. Requirements for the position(s) include status as a junior or senior level college student in natural resources or related discipline at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or individuals who have completed a 4-yr degree after January 1, 2016 in natural resources or related discipline; a minimum 3.0 GPA; evidence of initiative; ability to work independently; and commitment to conservation of natural resources.

Application Process is now open!

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks candidates for three (3) extension internship positions for Spring and/or Summer 2017.

  1. Internships are available for spring semester (up to 20 hours/wk, up to 12 weeks for juniors and seniors; up to 40 hours/wk, up to 240 hours total for post-baccalaureates) or summer term (up to 40 hours/wk, up to 240 hours total) with pay at a rate of $12 per hour. Internship start dates and work hours are flexible and project specific.
  2. FNR extension professionals post their own internship positions.  You may also contact the FNR extension mentor that fits your area of interest.
  3. FNR Advisors/co-advisors screen applicants and select their final candidate, then submit a proposal to the FNR review panel by the first Friday in December of each year for Spring internships and the first Friday in February for Summer internships. Specific dates are as follows
    • Spring – December 2, 2016; applicants will receive notice of acceptance no later than February 1, 2017
    • Summer – February 3, 2017; applicants will receive notice of acceptance no later than April 1, 2017
  4. The project/activities which interns undertake MUST address at least one RREA issue area.

Renewable Resources Extension Act

The FNR Extension Internship Program is funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). Natural Resources Extension Interns focus their work on one or more RREA program areas. The RREA, Public Law 95-306, was passed June 30, 1978 to address educational needs in managing the nation’s renewable resources. Funds are appropriated annually by the Congress and allocated to the various States by U.S. Department of Agriculture under an established formula. RREA funds for Indiana, administered by Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, are used on programs to help woodland and rural landowners enhance forest health and wildlife resources. Read the 2012-16 RREA Strategic Plan for more information about the program.

Internship Program Contact

Rod Williams, Extension Internship Committee Chair,

Current Student Intern

Past Student Interns

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