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GoBoiler Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does the program occur?
  2. Does the program pay a stipend?
  3. Is there travel support?
  4. What housing accommodations are there?
  5. How will I get to campus?
  6. What will I do in the internship?
  7. How do I apply?
  8. Who can apply?
  9. What type of visa do I need?
  10. Is my stipend taxable?

When does the program occur?

The eight week program will run from Aug 4, 2019 to September 27, 2019.  Interns are expected to participate in the entire eight-week program. Housing is available August 1 - September 30, 2019 to allow flexibility in scheduling.  The Purdue fall semester begins August 19, so interns will overlap with the regular campus academic schedule for the final six weeks of the program.

Does the program pay a stipend?

Yes, GoBoiler interns will receive up to $2000.  The stipend will be paid at a rate of $250 per week for a maximum of eight weeks. Interns who cannot stay for the entire eight weeks will receive a pro-rated stipend. 

Is there travel support?

The internship provides reimbursement of travel costs up to $2000.  Round trip airfare in economy/coach class from your home airport will be covered.  Ground transportation to your departure airport, and from the Indianapolis airport (IND) to Purdue, will be covered.  You will also have a food allowance while traveling.

What housing accommodations are there?

The computer science department has reserved two group houses for participating students.  All utilities are provided by the department.  The houses have both single occupancy and shared bedrooms.  The department will make room assignments.

How will I get to campus?

The intern houses are close to city bus routes that goes to the Purdue campus.  The bus fare is free with the Purdue ID card interns will receive.

What will I do in the internship?

GoBoiler interns will be embedded with a research group and the PhD students in the group.  Interns select projects of interest during the application process.  The first choice selection cannot be guaranteed.

How do I apply?

GoBoiler applicants should submit the following materials to the grad-info@cs.purdue.edu email address:

  • An official transcript of courses and grades from your university
  • A faculty reference who knows you.  You should choose someone with whom you have done research or  have taken a class. Do not collect the reference letter yourself.  Purdue will contact your faculty reference directly.
  • A cover letter describing your research interests, and projects of interest from the list (please choose more than one of these), prior research experience (including any research publications), and other relevant background related to your research preparedness. Please limit your letter to two pages (no smaller than 11pt font and 1.5 line spacing).

Who can apply?

For the 2019 program, the Computer Science Department is targeting students from European schools.

What type of visa do I need?

The J-1 visa will suffice for this program.

Is my stipend taxable?

According to the United States Internal Revenue Service, the University must withhold a 14% federal income tax from stipend payments, unless you are exempt from tax because of a treaty between your country of residence and the United States.

Last Updated: Aug 6, 2019 9:15 AM

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