Co-op programs provide students with exceptional work integrated learning experience. Students alternate semesters of on-campus academic study with sessions of work with a valued industry. Co-op students work with the same employer for the duration of their program, allowing for a deeper understanding and levels of responsibility within industry. The Office of Professional Practice offers 3-session and 5-session programs. Those who participate in co-op gain 12-20 months of paid work experience by graduation. By fulfilling all requirements of the Co-Op Program, students will receive an academic certificate to accompany their Mechanical Engineering degree.
Process Once a Co-Op Offer is Secured
Once you accept a co-op offer from an OPP partnering employer, submit a copy of your offer letter to Gwyne Bahler in ME 3061
Revise your Plan of Study (POS) to reflect your 3-term or 5-term co-op program
Schedule an advising appointment with your assigned academic advisor to review your revised POS and co-op plans
If you are an international student, review the F-1 Visa Student Information and complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Process
Purdue Professional Practice Program
Students who participate in the Professional Practice Program should follow guidelines set by the Office of Professional Practice.
Co-op Call-Out Information
The Office of Professional Practice website lists the employers recruiting co-op students for 2016. Check the list often, as it is updated frequently.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Co-op Days
Note: Information will be updated in November 2016
F-1 Visa Student Information
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Process
Information for Students Returning from a Work Session
Students returning from a work session must submit the following to Blackboard by the first day of classes of the start of the new semester. If you have questions regarding your course assignments, please contact Professor Krousgrill.
Company Evaluation of Student (PDF)
Student Evaluation of Company (PDF)