Interns for Indiana (IFI)

Here at the Office of Professional Practice, we are connecting entrepreneurially-minded Purdue University students to Indiana startup and early stage companies in order to promote economic development, enhance student success and provide professional opportunities to high performing students.
Opportunities will be available for students in STEM and non-STEM disciplines.

Employers, project proposals are now being accepted, click here to submit.

How it works:

  • Internship opportunities will be offered during the summer.
  • Students will work for a minimum of 10-12 weeks on a full-time (40 hours per week) basis.
  • Students will register for ENTR 39699 Interns for Indiana Experience.
  • Students completing all course deliverables will receive a $6,000 scholarship from the Lilly Interns for Indiana Endowment. 

The program is open to all undergraduate students with a 2.8 GPA or higher. Graduate students are not eligible to participate.


Entrepreneurially-minded students are encouraged to apply for IFI internship opportunities. Check out the following timeline to learn how you may be able to participate.

  • February 18: Employer projects are selected and posted here. Eligible students will be contacted about the opportunities and how to apply.
  • February 21 - March 4: Students apply for projects by submitting project specific cover letter and resumes.
  • April 1: Employers finalize selected students and students enroll in ENTR 39699
  • May 16 - August 5: Students complete internship projects with employer
  • August 5: Students turn in ENTR 39699 course deliverables

ENTR Interns for Indiana Experience

Credit Hours: 0.  Internship work experience through Interns for Indiana Program with cooperation of participating employers. Students submit a summary report and company evaluation. Through a mutual selection process, students may be placed as interns with entrepreneurial companies. Placements are determined through a screening process based upon students skills and experiences gain through their major fields of study. Fulfills a capstone requirement for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Permission of instructor required. 

Work Report Guidelines


Potential Employers will be asked to submit summer project proposals, which will be listed below.  The projects should have significant importance to the growth and development of the company. Project submissions will be selected based upon feasibility and impact.The employers will not be responsible for paying a salary. Rather, students will receive a scholarship upon completion of course deliverables for ENTR 39699, which include a work report and supervisor evaluation. Check out the timeline and proposal guidelines to see how your company can get involved.

  • February 11: Submit project proposal to the Office of Professional Practice
  • February 18: Projects selected, company’s notified, and project’s posted on the OPP website
  • February 21 - March 4: Application material collected from interested candidates
  • March 7: Application material forwarded to companies
  • March 7- March 28: Companies evaluate candidates & conduct interview process
  • April 1: Companies notify OPP and students about selection for the program
  • May 1: Employer/student contract turned into OPP office
  • May 16 - August 5: Students conduct 10-12 week full-time internship
  • August 5: Students turn in course deliverables to OPP office

Employer Project Proposal Submission - Click Here

Potential IFI employers should submit a proposal covering the following topics

  1. Description of company including number of employees, location, mission and vision, and the products, services, or problems you are trying to solve.
  2. Describe the project for which you could utilize two full-time interns to complete during a 10-12 week period. What impact will successful completion of this project have on your company? We give priority to projects requiring students from different educational backgrounds.
  3. Provide a description of the tasks and duties for each internship position. Indicate the educational backgrounds from which you would like to recruit from.
  4. Employers must submit an Interns for Indiana Statement of Understanding.

Previous Project Example (2021):

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Inari Agriculture: In-person internship in West Lafayette, Indiana

At Inari, we’re working to transform the global food system: From sustaining population growth, to building the population’s health. From minimizing environmental damage impact, to creating a positive change for the planet. And from exploiting those who feed us, to building wealth for those rural communities.

2 Positions Available
Relevant for Agriculture, EE, CS, ECE, Statistics, and Data Mine

Position description and application here