Partnering with Industry
Intern Sponsor Firms
Purdue works closely with sponsor firms to enhance the quality of the internship experience. We publish the "Handbook for Mentors of Purdue Interns," which is a concise aid for field people who supervise interns. The nature and value of internship experiences is monitored and ways of improving the quality of the intern experience are discussed with the sponsor firms. Periodically, workshops at Purdue assist new sponsor firms in deciding how best to carry out their mentoring roles.
Assignment of student interns to appropriate sponsor firms is Purdue's responsibility. Twenty years' experience has shown that all three parties - the student, the sponsor firm, and Purdue - are best served when the Director of Internships makes the assignment of every first-year student to a firm. The Director bases each assignment on personal knowledge of the student's aptitudes, attitudes, and goals as well as the needs and corporate culture of the firm. He works closely with the firm's representative who will approve the student assignment to maximize successful matches. Every sponsor firm is invited to the Annual Internship Banquet, held at Purdue in early April, where sponsors and students meet and arrange the job reporting details. The success rate of intern assignments averages 95%, based on firms' evaluations of first-year student performances in recent years.
pay an intern wage at or above the minimum set by Purdue's Industry Advisory Committee, pay certain reimbursements (e.g. travel to work location etc.), and provide Purdue with an evaluation of the student's performance at the end of each work period.
For more information about the BSCNE program, or to discuss sponsor firm arrangements: