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Pines & Needles is a weekly career newsletter specifically for FNR students that includes upcoming events and resources. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several events that were previously scheduled to occur in the next few weeks have been postponed or canceled. You should stay up-to-date on changes and cancelations by visiting the event's webpage or by contacting the event's coordinator.

This is my last Pines & Needles newsletter. I've enjoyed sharing opportunities with you and providing information on career development.

Be sure to check out the FNR Job Board (updated weekly) for a full list of opportunities you may qualify for.

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A Message from the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Purdue University leaders have made important strategic decisions regarding our campus response to the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus, COVID-19. In response to these decisions, several College of Ag events have been cancelled for the rest of the semester. This includes seminars speakers from outside the Purdue community. In addition, the FNR Alumni-Student Networking Social Event that was scheduled for April 1 has been postponed.  Visit the College of Agriculture website for more information regarding these changes.

Changes to CCO drop-in hours

In support of Purdue University's actions undertaken to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and protect the health of our Purdue community, services provided by the Center for Career Opportunities will either be held virtually or have been canceled. Visit the CCO website for more information on virtual appointments.

Just in Time Job Fair will now be held virtually

On April 22nd, the CCO will be hosting its inaugural Virtual Just-in-Time Job Fair. Visit for updates and more information. Note that CCO-affiliated campus career fairs and recruitment events that were scheduled for March and April have been canceled.  

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Upcoming Events

Strengths 301 Workshop
March 25 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | KRACH 280 (Click here to sign up)

Hire Big10+ Virtual Career Fair
April 14 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. |

Virtual Just in Time Job Fair
April 22 | more information TBA
Visit the CCO website for updates

SAVE THE DATE! College of Agriculture Fall 2020 Career Fair
October 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | CREC

Visit the CCO Calendar for a full list of upcoming workshops and employer information sessions. 

World Water Day Events will now be held virtually

Purdue will be hosting the third annual World Water Day celebration on March 26. This is an opportunity to educate Purdue students, faculty and the local community about what different research groups, organizations and companies are doing to protect, preserve and enhance the water resources in our state and around the globe. Purdue Water Day is taking place in conjunction with the UN World Water Day with the theme of water & climate change. An expert panel on water and climate change will be moved to a virtual platform. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

Apply to be a Pre-Professional Ambassador

Pre-Professional Advising is recruiting pre-health and pre-law students to join our Ambassador team for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications are due Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5pm. See the flyer for more information.

The AFA Crop Science Institute rotates between locations every three years. Don't miss your chance to join us in sunny California! You have untilApril 10 midnight CT to apply for the AFA Crop Science Institute in Sacramento, CA. If selected, you will join 60 other talented college students in Sacramento to explore careers and opportunities in crop and soil sciences. Through formal and informal networking with peers and crop sector leaders as well as tours to area businesses, you will get a first-hand look at the industry and gain skills you need to succeed. Apply Now.


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Several professional organizations provide certification opportunities that will give you an edge on competition. Learn more on how you can get certified through The American Fisheries Society, the Society of American Foresters, and The Wildlife Society.

Emerging Women in Ag Leadership Awards

The Purdue WIA Team is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards. Nominees will be placed in the Leadership, Achievement or Emerging Women in Ag categories for award consideration as deemed appropriate. Women may nominate themselves, or be nominated by someone else by the May 1st deadline. See the application here and more info here.

Biology Internships at Hoosier National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest and the National Wild Turkey Federation will be offering internship positions for the summer of 2020. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to gain wildlife experience, perform wildlife projects and to learn about the US Forest Service and NWTF. These internships were developed for those going into the wildlife biology/natural resource fields. More information is on the FNR Job Board. TO APPLY: The student must send a resume that includes: contact information, education, past experience, career goals, 3 references and their contact information, and a paragraph of why they want the internship. Resumes should be received through mail or email and addressed to Steve Harriss by April 1st.

Work or volunteer at the Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo, a national leader in animal conservation and one of Indiana's top tourist destinations, is looking for motivated individuals to join their staff.  Positions range from paid to  volunteer opportunities. Adult volunteers, Interns and Zoo Teens comprise the three programs managed by our Volunteer Services Department. Adults may volunteer for year round assignments or for a special event. Interns gain valuable real-world experience. Visit for openings and instructions on how to apply.

Employment Opportunities

Summer Research Technician in Entomology

Governor's Summer Intern – IN DNR (applications due by March 31)

2020 Summer Field Technician, Purdue University

Aquaculture Technician, Purdue University

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN)

Hoosier National Forest Opportunities

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES icon of a magnifying glass in white 

FNR Career Services

Four-Year Career Plan

FNR Job Board

FNR Career Fair

Pines & Needles Newsletter

Career Search Sites

Career Exploration

College of Agriculture Career Services

Jobs and Internships

Career Fairs

Events and Workshops

Graduate Placement and Salaries

Career Development Tools and Resources

 Center for Career Opportunities

Resume, CV and Cover Letters

Internship, Career Plan, and Job Search Strategies

Mock Interviews

CCO Handbook

The Success Express Podcast


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