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For Immediate Release
February 06, 2012

Interns for Indiana Looking to Match High Tech Start-Ups and IPFW Students

Key Info

  • Interns for Indiana program seeks IPFW students and start-up businesses
  • Students earn $4,500 stipend for 400 hours work
  • Businesses must be high tech, life sciences, or advanced manufacturing
  • Program is funded by Lilly Endowment

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students and start-up companies that are categorized as high tech, life sciences, or advanced manufacturing are the targets of the Interns for Indiana (IFI) program. IFI, which is funded through the Lilly Endowment, is a tool of Purdue University and its regional campuses that is used to keep Hoosier college graduates in Indiana.

IPFW’s Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS) oversees the program. Debra Barrick, director of OACS, said they believe placing high-quality student interns with start-up companies can accelerate company growth and at the same time provide students with valuable educational experiences.

IPFW Students will:

  • Work 400 hours with their internship company
  • Receive a $4,500 stipend that is given to them by the university, instead of an hourly wage
  • Be full-time undergraduates enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Have a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Be at least a first semester junior at the time the internship would begin
  • Graduates or graduate students are not eligible

Companies must:

  • Be a start-up
  • Be an entrepreneurship
  • Be categorized as high tech, life sciences, or advanced manufacturing
  • Not give the interns additional money
  • Provide a $2,000 membership fee to help cover a portion of the student stipend

For more information, contact Debra Barrick, director of OACS, at 260-481-5471 or barrickd@ipfw.edu, or go to the Discovery Park website.

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