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For Immediate Release
January 29, 2013

IPFW Connects High-Tech Startups with Interns for Indiana

Key Info

  • Interns for Indiana recruiting high-tech companies
  • Purdue University system-wide program
  • Connects students with start-ups to benefit both sides
  • More information at the website

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is currently recruiting high-tech startup companies to participate in the Purdue University system-wide Interns for Indiana program. This proven program assists startup companies by matching them with high quality undergraduate student interns. Interns are awarded to companies based on the potential for quality experience for students, the opportunity for student on-the-job growth and future employment, and on company needs.

The Interns for Indiana program is partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Participating companies are required to provide a $2,000 membership fee to help cover a portion of student and program costs.

Companies accepted into the Interns for Indiana summer program are matched with juniors and seniors at IPFW and other Purdue campuses who work a minimum of 400 hours during the summer session, and who receive a stipend of $4,500 for successful participation.

Company requirements:

  • High-tech start up
  • For-profit
  • Able to define and manage an appropriate and challenging internship experience
  • Able to provide entrepreneurial experience through regular in-person interactions
  • Able to contribute $2,000 membership fee

Student requirements:

  • Purdue University juniors and seniors enrolled in first B.A. or B.S. degree program
  • Any majors eligible
  • Interested in entrepreneurship
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA

Participating companies and students are recognized each July in a celebration luncheon and poster session at Purdue University’s Hall for Discovery and Learning Research in West Lafayette. At the poster celebration, program participants gain greater understanding of the program scope and statewide impacts.

Deb Barrick, director of IPFW’s Office of Academic Internships, said “…placing high-quality student interns with start-up companies can accelerate company growth while and at the same time provide students with valuable educational experiences.”

The deadline for startups to apply for summer 2013 interns is March 6, 2013, through the Interns for Indiana website. Companies and students interested in being part of the Interns for Indiana program may also contact Barrick at 260-481-5471 or