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, 2017 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

FNR extension professionals post their own internship positions on Job Boards and List-serves. Interested applicants may also contact a FNR extension mentor who fits your area of interest.

  • FNR Advisors/co-advisors screen applicants and select their final candidate, then submit a proposal to the FNR review panel by January 15, 2018 for spring internships and February 19, 2018 for summer applications; applicants will receive notice of acceptance no later than January 22, 2018 or February 26, 2018, respectively.
  • The project/activities which interns undertake MUST address at least one RREA issue area.

Additional Information

  • Funds are available to fund 3 interns for 2018
  • Internship start dates and work hours are flexible and project specific.
  • Pay rate is $12 per hour
  • A $1,000 housing stipend will is provided to each intern
  • 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)

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

Brian MacGowan, Project Investigator, RREA Program in Indiana,

Current Student Interns

Cody Widner doing a prairie survey
Cody Widner (2018-present),
Undergrad/summer intern
Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)

Kainen Morgan (2018-present),
FNR Extension web designer and videographer

Maddi Hovermale
Maddi Hovermale (2017-present),
FNR Extension web designer

Past Student Interns

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