Why Extension?

Do you love working with people, enjoy educating or mentoring others, excel at leadership skills, and wish to make a meaningful difference for Indiana communities, families, busine​sses, and farms?

A career as a Purdue Extension Educator might be perfect for you.

From Main Street to the farm gate, Purdue Extension connects all 92 Indiana counties to world-renowned research from Purdue University. We create experiential, practical learning opportunities that educate millions of Hoosiers and can help improve their quality of life. Quite often, our Educators live in the counties they serve — addressing regional issues firsthand so they can strengthen communities now and for years to come.

Empowering young people to reach their potential. Maintaining Indiana’s position as a backbone of U.S. agriculture. Promoting economic prosperity statewide and beyond. Encouraging healthy lifestyles for individuals and families. These are Purdue Extension’s goals. Are you ready to join us and help people transform their lives and livelihoods?

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Purdue Extension Summer Internships

Are you a student or recent grad who is interested in working with Indiana communities and youth? Our counties and departments are searching for self-starting individuals who are pursuing experience and believe in the Purdue Extension mission - to enhance lives and livelihoods. Check out our summer internship openings!

Current Internships

My favorite part of being an Extension Educator is helping youth realize how they can turn the life skills gained in 4-H into scholarship dollars. Plus, their 4-H life skills “wow statements” can also be used on future career resumes.

- Joanne Lytton - Extension Educator

Being involved with our youth programs, helping distribute food along side our Community Wellness Coordinator and being able to assist our community with local agriculture issues really makes me feel like an impactful part of our community.

- Stephanie Ruf - Office Manager