Interdisciplinary Internships

The Summer 2023 application will open in January 2023.
  • Michael Wilcox, Associate Director - N. Central Regional Center for Rural Dev

    Exploring Rural Development in the North Central Region

    It is the NCRCRD’s mission to build rural communities through cutting-edge research and Extension programs and innovative partnerships. To achieve this mission, we seek to engage research and Extension at all of the land-grant institutions across the North Central Region. We primarily work in three thematic areas: 1. Creating Resilient Communities & Economies 2. Developing Leadership & Civic Engagement 3. Promoting Community Health & Wellness We are looking for an intern who is excited about research and/or Extension work related to one or more of our three thematic areas! We are connected to thirty-four Land Grant Universities (LGUs) in twelve states, including 20 Tribal Colleges, 2 HBCUs, and 12 1862 LGUs. And, we work with a diverse group of stakeholders and partners. The NCRCRD faculty and staff are located in Krannert Building and you can learn more about our Center at:

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Michael Wilcox, Assistant Director - Purdue Extension and Program Leader for Community Development

    Community Development in Indiana

    The mission of Purdue Extension's Community Development Program is to strengthen the capacity of local leaders, residents, businesses, and organizations to build resilient, inclusive, and sustainable communities through research-based resources and processes. We achieve our mission through Extension programming and applied research focused on six thematic areas: 1. Leadership & Civic Engagement 2. Community & Organizational Planning 3. Economic & Business Development 4. Local Government Education 5. Quality Places - Placemaking 6. Workforce Development We are seeking an intern that is excited to learn more about community development and interested in taking on research and/or Extension project(s) related to one or more of our thematic areas. We have faculty and staff working across the state of Indiana as well as on some national-level programs. To learn more, please see:

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Gordon McNickle, Assistant Professor of Botany

    Understanding plant species diversity in natural systems

    McNickle Lab - We are looking for a student to help process laboratory samples related to plant community ecology and forest ecology. We seek to understand patterns of plant species diversity in natural systems. Depending on the student's class schedule this could include fieldwork in forests near campus, or work in the laboratory either with samples or computer. We have a diverse lab and are welcoming of all people. You can learn more about who we are, and what we do at our lab webpage!

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Ashley York, Coordinator of Academic Advising and Student Services; Barry Delks Coordinator of Career Services

    Animal Sciences Student Services Internship

    Job Summary The Animal Sciences department is seeking a student services intern for the Summer of 2022. This internship is being offered in conjunction with the Summer Stay Scholars program through the Office of the Provost. A separate application is required for the scholarship program. The Student Services Intern in the Animal Sciences department will create an open and respectful environment in which students of diverse backgrounds and interests feel comfortable exploring and defining their goals and curricular pathways. Responsibilities: • Employer video testimonials • Alumni posters • 4-H workshops • Organizing materials • Pre-planning for employer networking event; sponsorship • Updating student service handouts • Additional responsibilities as needed Required Qualifications: • Full-time Purdue student status • Sophomore + classification • Good academic standing • Highly motivated and organized Preferred Qualifications: • College of Agriculture student • Experience in an office setting • Experience editing or creating digital content.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Brian Beheler, Forestry summer internship

    Forestry summer internship

    To engage bright FNR students interested in forestry and who want to gain applied land management and research-based experiences on FNR managed properties. Our department can provide an experiential internship related to our students’ fields of study. Interns will be engaged in a wide range of tasks related to forest management, tree improvement, and habitat management. These tasks will supplement and extend existing research and management efforts on both FNR’s and HTIRC cooperators’ properties.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

  • Sean McCan, Director, Office of Graduate Studies

    Recruitment Marketing Intern

    The Recruitment Marketing Intern will work with the Office of Graduate Studies, in addition to collaborating with the marketing team, to create marketing campaigns relevant to prospective and accepted graduate students.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July

  • Jessica Mehr, Communications and Marketing Specialist

    Writing/Designing Digital Content for Engineers

    Best suited to professional writing, English, marketing, or communications major with strong writing skills, some knowledge of Adobe Design Suite and video-editing, and a creative perspective, this internship will allow you to shadow a Communications and Marketing Specialist in the College of Engineering. Learn how to interview subjects for articles, write and design digital content, market via social media, and creatively promote research/educational content. You should leave with a portfolio of writing and design work and at least one project to show to future employers.

    This experience will occur: July, August

    Nicole Towner, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Undergraduate Teaching Assistants help with First-Year Engineering courses, working with faculty, and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Duties include helping students during class, grading, assisting with Help Session, attending weekly meetings with the teaching team, and other duties as assigned. This position is paid hourly, and the expectation is to work 8 to 12 hours per week with the possibility of working up to 15 hours per week occasionally. To apply, students must have completed First-Year Engineering course work (or equivalent) with a B or better.

    This experience will occur: June, July, August

  • Sarah Karalunas, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

    Neurophysiology of Emotion in ADHD

    Increasing numbers of children and adults are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), yet its diagnosis is controversial and new treatments are needed. The iCAN lab uses a multi-method approach that combines behavioral ratings, cognitive tests, and physiological measures to understand the basic processes contributing to ADHD. We are especially interested in the unique differences between individuals in their abilities to regulate attention and emotions. Our current project examines the relationship between attention regulation and emotion regulation in children ages 7-10. Students in the lab will be trained in a variety of tasks ranging from recruitment and screening of children and families; data entry; cognitive and neurophysiological data collection procedures; and data cleaning and processing.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

  • Angie Welshimer, Social Media Marketing Intern

    Social Media Marketing Intern

    The social media marketing intern will assist with the continued development and execution of a social media communication strategy. The intern will predominantly assist with conducting audience research and analysis to continue building and refining the existing social media communication strategy. The intern will also consistently update and optimize pages within multiple social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and frequently generate/share content to develop connections with all audiences in accordance with best practices.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

  • Benjamin Justice, Sr. Assistant Director Member Services & Operations

    RecWell Member Services Student Intern

    Assist Assistant Director and Student Coordinators with the supervision of Member Services, membership policies, and Fusion management. Works closely with the leadership team to create a cohesive and organized Member Services operation. The secondary purpose of this position is to provide development opportunities to the incumbent which could include special projects and/or assignments.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Benjamin Justice, Sr. Assistant Director Member Services & Operations

    RecWell Building Operations Student Intern

    Assist ADs and Student Coordinators in providing direction, leadership, and facilitation for the day-to-day operations of the CoRec Recreation Center and TREC Turf facility. Including scheduling, equipment inventory/cleaning, and personnel management. Along with special projects for policies and procedures related to member experience.

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Chelsea Schwab, Assistant Director of Student Activities

    Purdue Student Union Board Summer Programs

    Come help plan and facilitate 25 - 30 fun and engaging programs for students this summer! From mapping out the event to picking activities you will get to do it all with us! Come gain experience in programming, budgeting, and much more!

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

    Mary Jo Zeiser, Senior Manager Student Success Programs Dining & Culinary

    Dining & Culinary Summer Stay Internship

    This person will work as an intern with the Student Success area for Dining & Culinary. The intern will help with planning and executing the Dining & Culinary program for STAR. They will talk to students and families in person or virtually. They will help with planning, developing, and implementing the Jumpstart program, which is an early arrival program for student employees that come to campus before BGR to do employee orientation, training, team building, and fun activities. Other projects as assigned. Paid internship with a meal benefit. Possible housing available. 

    This experience will occur: May, June, July, August

  • Division of Summer Session

    Summer Session Intern

    The Division of Summer Session is seeking an intern to plan, coordinate, and facilitate programming and events for summer college for high school students and summer/early start students. The intern will help prepare welcome packets and materials for summer programs, help with check-in/check-out for all summer programs, answer emails and phone calls about summer session programs, in addition to performing other assigned duties.

    This experience will occur: June, July, August

    Sean Dufault, Associate Director of Summer Session

    Summer Session Peer Mentor

    The Division of Summer Session is seeking students to serve as peer mentors for both the summer college for high school program and summer/early start program. In order to serve as a peer mentor, you must be in good academic and student conduct standing. Be willing to learn and share information about the Purdue University community, student life, and campus resources. Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills. Have a genuine desire to be a part of a team. Be self-motivated with a positive attitude. Display a willingness to learn about different cultures. To apply for this position click on this link. The application for this experience will close on February 25. 

    This experience will occur: June, July, August

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