Students

Information for Students

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The College of Agriculture hosts career fairs in the fall and spring semesters. More than 250 companies attend annually. Students and alumni are provided the opportunity to learn about their organizations, submit resumes and interview for permanent or internship positions. 

Freshmen and sophomore students are welcome to join upper-level students at the career fairs to learn about careers and develop the art of professional conversations very early. 

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE Career fair 

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Spring Career Fair, Wednesday, February 28, 2024 
France Córdova Recreational Sports Center | 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Students and alumni from all majors are invited to attend the Career Fair. View the list of employers attending here

Get Ready for the Career Fair
  • Receive tips on preparing for the career fair and links to helpful resources using your Student Career Fair Guide.
  • Make sure your resume is up to date. Be prepared to bring a minimum of 20 copies to the career fair. 

 

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On-Campus Interview Day, Thursday, February 29, 2024
Purdue CCO, Second floor of YONG Hall
Select employers will be conducting interviews on campus. Schedule an interview time by speaking with employers during the fair. 

Since 2005, the College of Agriculture has supported the Public Policy Internship Program. A select student cohort will work and live in Washington D.C. for eight to ten weeks. Students will learn about agriculture policy, obtain professional work experience, and network in their field of interest.

The program is open for students in any major in the College of Agriculture. Internship opportunities abound in our nation’s capital. From congressional internships on Capitol Hill to positions with think tanks, international affairs associations, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups, there is truly something for everyone. Students will secure a paid or unpaid internship placement that reflects their specific areas of academic or career interests.

Applicant Eligibility
  • Purdue University College of Agriculture undergraduate student
  • Eligible to work in the United States (I-9 documentation required)
  • At least 18 years of age by the start of the internship semester
  • Be classified as a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
Application process 
  • Interested students are encouraged to attend the fall semester Public Policy Internship Call-out.
  • Applications are due online in October.
  • The application requires a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation.
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff shortly after the deadline.
  • Students selected for in-person interviews will be invited to the Office of Academic Programs.
  • Selected interns are announced by November/December.
  • Selected interns are required to attend the professional development workshops held in the spring.

Application Is CLOSED


Interested in learning more?
  • Complete an interest form to receive updates about the program.
  • Hear from two students about their policy internship experiences in the videos below.

Related Career Events

IU McKinney Law School Information Session
November 29, 2023 
Carli Meihofer, an admissions counselor from IU McKinney School of Law, will be on Purdue’s campus Wednesday, November 29 from 11am – 3pm to meet individually with students. She will also conduct an information session at 12:30. View the registration details here.

Career Insights: Exploring Careers in Policy and Legislative Affairs
November 30, 2023
| 3:30 PM Discussion
YONG 454
Featured Guest: Brad McKinney, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, Purdue alumnus. Register here.

Career Insights D.C. Edition: Interview Techniques & Strategies for Federal Internships & Jobs
December 4, 2023
| 4:00 PM 
Microsoft Teams
Featured Guest: Enimini Ekong, Recruitment & Placement Specialist, U.S.Office of Personnel Managment. Register here.

Career Insights D.C. Edition: Writing a Winning Resume for Federal Internships & Jobs
January 22, 2024
| 4:00 PM 
Microsoft Teams
Featured Guest: Enimini Ekong, Recruitment & Placement Specialist, U.S.Office of Personnel Managment. Register here.


Indiana Policy spring internship organizations & resources

National Policy internship organizations & Resources

Selection for the Public Policy Internship Program and national internships is competitive. This is a limited list of resources to get you started.

 The College of Agriculture Career Services and the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) hosts several events and workshops throughout the academic year to assist students with their career services needs. Check out the events and CCO calendar for specific dates, times, location and registration information.

Academic Departments and Corporate Partners

IU McKinney Law School Information Session
November 29, 2023 
Carli Meihofer, an admissions counselor from IU McKinney School of Law, will be on Purdue’s campus from 11am – 3pm to meet individually with students. She will also conduct an information session at 12:30. View the registration details here.

Career Insights: Exploring Careers in Policy and Legislative Affairs
November 30, 2023
| 3:30 PM Discussion
YONG 454
Featured Guest: Brad McKinney, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, Purdue alumnus. Register here.

Issues-360 Institute
January 26, 2024 | 5:00 - 8:45 PM
January 27, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Be a part of the next Issues 360 Institute. This institute involves a two-day communications training. Applications are due December 1. View the details here

Campus and preprofessional workshops and clinics

For upcoming CCO workshops and clinics, please visit the Purdue CCO Events website.

The PASE Photo Booth for Professional Headshots is permanently operating in the Boilermaker Welcome Center, Stewart Center, Room 102. No reservations needed Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Contact: pase@purdueforlife.org 

Pre-Professional Advisors are available to assist you as you plan and consider careers in healthcare or law. Schedule a virtual appointment with us through BoilerConnect. Alumni, please call 765-494-3981 to schedule. For upcoming events visit this link: The Latest - Career Success - Purdue University

The university and college career services professionals are available to assist you with developing successful job search techniques. 

What YOU Need to Do to Get Started on Your Job Search

  • Contact your departmental career coordinator or academic advisor
  • Activate or update your MyCCO Account
  • Update or create your resume/cover letter/references
  • Go shopping for professional attire
  • Join the Purdue Ag Alumni Association's mentoring program

do the research, land the job

The Purdue Career Research Portal is a comprehensive online career resource to support job and interview seekers.

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1. Explore

  • Career Planning Guides 
  • Relocation
  • Resources by Discipline
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2. Consider 

  • Diversity Resources
  • Employment Abroad
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3. Search

  • Internships 
  • Jobs by Discipline
  • International Student Resources
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4. Land the Job

  • Employer Research
  • Interview & Resume
  • Salary Data

Job Search Agencies and External Sites

Grow your presence using the links below. 

The College of Agriculture posts openings for permanent and internship positions regularly to our online job board. Check the website regularly for new opportunities. 

  • Departmental Career Services Coordinators will also send student position postings to your Purdue email.
  • You may also use the Purdue CCO website to find jobs and internships.
  • Share your good news about internships or post-graduation plans by completing the Next Step Survey here 

Click to view Employment and Internship Opportunities

​College of Agriculture Career Services Office has more to offer students than job placement. Our services support all students and alumni of the College in exploring, experiencing and achieving career paths. We aid students in exploring careers and majors, to experiencing internships and transformational educational experiences, t​o achieve goals, graduating and securing employment. Students who have a career plan are more likely to graduate and more likely to end up with corresponding employment. The College of Agriculture Career Services Office and The Center for Career Opportunities considers Purdue Parents valuable partners in the process of assisting students with all aspects of their career development.

Are you undecided about your major or thinking about changing your major? Explore careers and majors by discovering who you are. Use the following links for tips and information.

CONTACT US

College of Agriculture | Office of Academic Programs
615 West State Street, Room 121, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Email: AgCareerFair@purdue.edu or AgJobs@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-8470

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