Purdue ASPIRE Internship

(Ag Soy Product Innovation Realization & Entrepreneurship)



CALL-OUT - April 21, 2021

Program Information

2021 Program Dates:     May 19 to June 30

The application review process will begin April 21st however, applications will continue to be accepted through April 28th, 11:59 PM EST.

Engage in research this summer via ZOOM.  ASPIRE will allow successful competitors from the 2020-21 Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition to continue working on their soy-based products with a paid internship.

ASPIRE students will participate in research and customer delivery activities on campus (subject to change if needed), full-time for 7 weeks during the summer.  Students will conduct research, attend professional development seminars, build their research network and advance their soy-based prototype towards commercialization and/or a student start-up company.

The ASPIRE Internship will –

  1. Expose students to cutting-edge research and entrepreneurship by providing them additional development opportunities
  2. Develop their knowledge of the research and marketing tools used by professional researchers and marketing experts
  3. Increase their proficiency in technical communication, customer delivery and entrepreneurship
  4. Help students connect their summer experience with their future goals, with particular focus on agricultural areas, both research, customer discovery and entrepreneurship


Students enrolled at Purdue University who successfully completed the 2020-21 Purdue Soybean Innovation Competition, with at least two academic semesters completed by the start of the program are eligible to apply.

Applicants must

  • continue to be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student the following academic year,
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (recommended) at the time of application,
  • be at least 18 years old by the time the program begins,
  • participate for the scheduled program period; meeting all program requirements.

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on

  • eligibility (Soy Competition)
  • application information
  • qualifications for development of their soy-based product
  • recommendation from the Purdue faculty member (technical and/or business advisor)

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete the program and receive the full summer stipend, each participant must fulfill the program requirements.

While participating in the ASPIRE program, all students are expected to abide by the Purdue University Student Code of Conduct.

Students are expected to participate for the entire established program period noted above.  Since the program is a full time research experience, time off is not provided during the program period.  Students should plan vacations before and after the program.

Because of the time commitment of the research project, students may not enroll in classes while participating in the program.


Participants in the ASPIRE program conduct research and entrepreneurship activities full-time, 40 hours per week for 7 weeks. They must be eligible to work in the United States and will receive a total stipend of $4500, based on successful completion of the program.

Housing During the Program Period

Students are responsible for securing their own housing for the summer.