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Join our Intern Team!        

Purdue Dining & Culinary offers a ten-week Food Service and Nutrition Summer Internship. This internship is open to all undergraduate students in a dietetics program. The internship offers a competitive hourly salary, a paid meal plan, and free housing in our residence halls.

The curriculum will include practical instruction in our dining operations that covers the front of the house and the back of the house. This instruction will prepare the intern to act as a fully functional member of the dining court team by week nine.

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In addition to the practical instruction, the internship will provide career-building experiences. Networking opportunities from industry professionals will be available on a weekly basis via virtual meetings or in-person luncheons. On-site tours of food manufacturers, vendors and local restaurants will enhance the intern’s overall experience.

The co-chairs of the internship will be actively involved allowing the interns to reflect and provide feedback throughout the internship. Online tools will be utilized to prepare the interns for meet-and-greets, field trips, and resources for dining court training.

Applications will be accepted starting January 16, 2024 and will close February 16, 2024. Interviews will take place early March. Applicants accepted to the internship will be notified no later than March 11, 2024. (Please note: Any application that is not complete by the closing date will not be considered for an interview.)

Application Process

  • In order to be considered for this internship you must submit:
    • Resume
    • Personal statement
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Please choose references from two of the three following categories
        • Academic
        • Employment
        • Personal/character
  • Use the following link to upload all documents: Internship Application
  • A representative from Purdue Dining & Culinary will provide your references with a separate link via email to upload the letter of recommendation
  • Top candidates will receive a phone interview

Contact Us:

Molly Winkeler, MS, RD, LD
PD&C Registered Dietitian
PD&C Summer Intern Chair 

Kelsey Collier
Hospitality Chef for Student Event Services
PD&C Summer Intern Co-Chair