May 28, 2020

Student summer interns wanted for safe campus project

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is making plans to open the campus for in-person instruction this fall, and it’s looking for student volunteers to make an impact and continue to develop and build their professional networks.

ProjectX Safe Campus is a virtual five-week consulting internship that will allow student teams to work on solutions to make for a meaningful and safe on-campus experience. Students from across campus are eligible to sign up as individuals or in teams of two to four students, with a recommendation that at least one team participant is earning a major or minor from the Krannert School of Management.

Interns will begin the program the week of June 15 with orientation and educational webinars. During the second week, the teams will continue to take part in webinars and will be introduced to the project client to learn details about the assignment. In week three, the student teams will work with alumni mentors to craft and polish their presentations.

The fourth week will bring the first round of a video case competition, with several corporate recruiters serving as judges. In the fifth week, beginning July 13, the project concludes with a live case competition, and a student celebration.

ProjectX Safe Campus emanated from the Safe Campus Task Force and the Protect Purdue implementation team, groups convened by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to prepare the university for a fall return to campus. The internship will run through the Krannert School’s Communication Center. Safe Campus Task Force co-chair David Hummels, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School, and Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life and leader of the Protect Purdue Residential Life implementation team, are providing resources to execute the experience.

The volunteer project does not include class credit, but participants will have the opportunity to gain a valuable internship consulting experience they would otherwise not receive, interact with successful alumni and corporate recruiters, and build a network with students from across campus. Most importantly, they will be helping create solutions to bring themselves and thousands of others safely back to campus in the fall.

Interns will be expected to spend about 125 total hours over the project’s five weeks. The deadline to register is June 4. Registration information can be found online. For more information about ProjectX Safe Campus, contact Melissa Evens, director of the Krannert Communication Center, at

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