Spotlight on the Weldon Undergraduate Internship Program

The student internship is a structured learning experience, not just a summer job. It is an educational opportunity meant to provide a richer educational foundation, stimulate independent critical thinking, facilitate the process of personal development, and help clarify the career goals & interests of the Weldon School's Biomedical Engineering students.
Program sponsors play an important role in shaping the next generation of Purdue Engineers. Recently, our students have been placed in meaningful experiences at key industry partners including, but not limited to:
  • AxoGen; Alachua, FL
  • Bard Access Systems; Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fort Wayne Metals; Fort Wayne, IN
  • Hill-Rom; Batesville, IN
  • Cook Group’s MED Institute; West Lafayette, IN
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery; Cincinatti, OH
  • Hollister, Inc.; Libertyville, IL     

Because of the Weldon School’s integrated curriculum and intense laboratory courses, internship program sponsors gain an engineering student who can integrate contributions from multiple disciplines to solve open-ended engineering challenges with biological or medical relevance.

Weldon students who apply to the internship program are screened to be intern candidates by an internal faculty and staff committee.  Candidates are then matched to sponsor companies for interviews based upon student’s interests, needs of the company, and available positions.  At the end of the interview phase, sponsors identify their top candidates and students rank their preferred placement.  After final matching is completed, offers are extended, and sponsors will interact directly with interns to finalize details of employment.  Meanwhile, during the spring semester, students are prepared for their internships through a seminar series focused on professional conduct, project management, and other pertinent issues. 

Students not only gain important real-world skills and the experience that will give them an edge as they undertake a job search, but some also gain full-time employment offers, and a few receive graduate educational support from their intern sponsor.

Interested in learning more?  If you envision a Weldon intern working with your company, please let us know. There is still time to arrange for summer 2009 interns. We are committed to working closely with our corporate partners to meet their needs. We would be happy to speak with or visit you in order to share more detailed information about the summer internship program and its advantages. 

Please contact Gina Haile today to begin the process of securing a Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Summer Intern.