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Career Development Center

Find an Intern

PFW student works at Helmke Library.

Intern Recruitment Process

You can employ Purdue Fort Wayne students and provide meaningful educational experiences. Some employers may even qualify for extra funding to help pay their student interns. We recommend posting your position at least three to six months before the intended start date. To find an intern for an academic internship or cooperative education, follow the steps below: 

  1. Develop: create your position description. Label your position as an academic internship or a co-operative education experience (alternating full-time work with full-time school). If you would like assistance, the we can help. Contact us at [email protected] or 260-481-0689.
  2. Post: add your position on Handshake. If you don’t have a Handshake account, you can sign up for free
  3. Recruit: participate in events. Joins us at the Mastodon Internship Fair and other events that connect your organization to our students.
  4. Review: assess résumé submissions. Read through the submitted résumés on Handshake. Interview the top qualifying candidates. The Career Development Center can work with academic units to get you quality applicants.
  5. Offer: make an offer. Select your top candidate and make an offer. You must also complete the PFW Employer Hiring Agreement. The hiring agreement must be submitted each term, preferably at least two weeks before classes start.
  6. Orient: introduce the student. Take the student through orientation for the position and the organization.
  7. Evaluate: provide a student evaluation. Use Purdue Fort Wayne’s Student Evaluation Form at the midterm and the end of term. You will be emailed a link from the Career Development Center. Follow the instructions and submit the evaluation online using the provided link. Summer experiences will have only one evaluation.
  8. Meet: meet with Career Development Center staff. Staff members from the Career Development Center and the faculty coordinator will visit your site for a short, one-time meeting. This include a half-hour meeting with the student and a 15-minute meeting with the supervisor. HR representatives are welcome to join.
  9. Sign off: sign final papers. Some students will be required to submit a final paper for their course. Sign off on this assignment before submission to verify that no proprietary information was shared.
  10. Find funds to pay interns. Some nonprofit organizations can be approved to hire students who receive Federal Work-Study (FWS) money. FWS funds will cover 70 percent of the student wages, though there are limits on total funds available per student per academic year. Contact us at [email protected] or 260-481-0689 for more information. The EARN program is sponsored by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education and Indiana INTERNnet. Employers receive up to 50 percent matching funds for each eligible internship. For more information visit