Internships with Purdue Extension
Want to help people transform their lives and livelihoods this
summer and earn up to $5,000? As a Purdue Extension intern, you can help improve
the quality of life in one of 92 Indiana counties.
From Main Street to the farm
gate, Purdue Extension connects communities, families, businesses, and farms to
world-renowned research from Purdue University. We do it by creating
experiential, practical learning opportunities to educate and empower millions
of Hoosiers. No two days will be the same, but in each one you’ll see the
differences you’re making.
As an intern, you’ll work closely with county Extension Educators to help them
identify critical needs, implement and oversee vibrant, research-based
educational programs, and offer community resources and expertise. You’ll also
undertake a special project of your choice for the summer. Over eight to 10
weeks, a paid Purdue Extension internship will help you hone skills employers
want, gain a diversity of knowledge in community service, and enjoy fast-paced
experiences in 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community
Development, and / or Health & Human Sciences.
As a Purdue Extension intern, you will:
- Acquire hands-on experience in a professional team atmosphere associated with developing and delivering educational programs
- Gain familiarity with county Extension office procedures, responsibilities, and staff
- Develop skills in time management, prioritizing, and acceptance of responsibilities
- Engage with diversity (age, gender, socioeconomic, ethnicity) within a community
- Participate in a high-performing system where staff and community volunteers work closely together to achieve common goals
- Build a robust, varied portfolio of experiences of value to future employers
Preferred Educational Background
Completed junior or senior year of college by summer 2018 and eligible for
acceptance into graduate school in an area of study related to Purdue
Extension’s mission to “advance agriculture, the environment, human health and
well-being, and communities.”
College graduates with bachelor’s degrees in appropriate degree areas (e.g.,
health & human sciences, youth development and education, agriculture & natural
resources, economic and community development) and already accepted into a
graduate program related to Purdue Extension’s mission.
Enjoy working with people and building teams and partnerships
- Be community-focused with demonstrated successful experience in community service-learning projects
- Be willing to consider employment in Purdue Extension or pursue other careers within Purdue University following completion of graduate degree
- Have experience working with diverse audiences
- Be bilingual; Spanish-language skills in speaking, reading, and writing are an asset
An intern orientation session will be held in May 2018 in West
Lafayette. This will include orientation to Purdue Extension, understanding of
the working environment, basic responsibilities and legal requirements. All
interns will complete a final project as part of their intern experience and
provide a written final report.
Pay / Requirements
Pay will be on a bi-weekly basis. Pay will be $12.50/hour with a maximum of
$5,000. Interns must have a valid driver’s license and will need to provide
their own housing and an operable vehicle. Efforts will be made to place interns
near their summer residence.
How to Apply
We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer of 2018.
For more information, contact:
Staff Development Coordinator, Purdue Extension