Information about Internship Opportunities


Experience D.C. in Summer 2016
College of Agriculture 
Public Policy Internship Program in Washington D.C.








DC picture   Meet the 2015 Cohort


Tuesday, September 29, 2015
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
AGAD 121 Student Commons
Pizza will be served


About the Program

Since 2005, the College of Agriculture Public Policy Washington D.C. Summer Internship program has been sending students to Washington D.C., to learn about agriculture policy, obtain professional work experience, and network in their field of interest.

The program selects up to five outstanding undergraduates (rising juniors or seniors) from any major in the College of Agriculture to spend eight weeks in Washington, D.C.  Our nation's capital is one of the most energetic cities in the nation and COA interns have the once-in-a-lifetime experience to live and work there for an entire summer! Students intern in unpaid internship placements that reflect their specific areas of academic or career interests. 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.

Past interns have secured internships in the following entities: The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Congressional Research Services, USDA ARS, USDA NRCS, USDA SEL, Smithsonian Institution, USDA APHIS, EPA, on Capitol Hill, Senate Ag Committee, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Society for Plastics Manufacturing, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Farm Bureau Federation, Corn Refiners Association and Animal Agriculture Alliance.  Program alumni have represented Purdue University and the College of Agriculture in the highest regard, providing a distinguished presence in Washington D.C.


Included in the eight week program are FREE housing accommodations valued at $4,000 in the center of Washington, D.C. Program participants will also receive a stipend to offset miscellaneous expenses during their time in DC.

The COA internship program offers an academic component providing academic credit towards a student's plan of study.  During the following fall semester, students will enroll in an independent study (1-3 credits) with a faculty member to convert your internship experience into an academic project.

The Washington D.C. Internship Program participants emerge from their memorable internship experience with soft skill sets that will distinguish them from their peers. COA interns are transformed personally and professionally after participating in this program.  Program alumni have gone on to become highly successful in their chosen field with many going on to graduate and professional schools.


Comments from program alumni:


“Being in D.C. makes you define who you are.  It gave me more pride in being a Hoosier and a Boilermaker.” - Brad McKinney 05’.


"The amount of work and preparation the COA staff put into each of the cohort’s internship placement ensured that the life changing summer in Washington would suit each of our interests and would serve as a solid foundation for growth in professional development, our future careers, and this faith in the cohort has taught me what the true meaning of the Boilermaker spirit.” – Peter Kroner 09’


"The COA Summer Internship program was a life changing experience for me.  Overall, this experience helped me to better understand how our government works as well as what certain agencies are responsible for, and I have made connections with Purdue Alumni that will help me in the future.” – Alyssa Beatty 10’.


Program Eligibility


  • Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the college of Agriculture.  Seniors must be returning to Purdue for the fall 2016 semester to be considered.
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Returning to Purdue in fall 2016
  • Domestic Students/ Work Authorization

Selection Process


  • The selection committee (comprised of faculty/staff/past interns) will review applicant packets and determine finalists for interviews.
  • Finalists will be selected on the basis of their academic record, maturity, professional goals, and purpose for wanting to participate in the program.
  • Finalists will be notified by the program coordinator and final interviews will be held by November 20, 2015.
Application Deadline:  5:00 pm, Friday, October 30, 2015 


    Applications should be submitted via e-mail to Sherre Meyer at, or in person to AGAD 121.  ALL required documents must be received by the application deadline.  Your application should include the following attachments:
    1)     Your completed application with essay questions.
    2)     Your resume including education, work history, extracurricular activities, policy interests, volunteer experience and any other information that you believe is relevant for consideration of your application.
    3)     Your transcript. An unofficial copy printed from myPurdue will be accepted.
    4)   A faculty member letter of reference for you accessing your academic capability and personal qualities such as maturity, leadership skills, communication skills, and ability to work with others.  The letter must be received by the application deadline.
    If you have questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Sherre Meyer at or 765-494-8482.