Purdue ME Industry Connection

Part of being a successful Purdue ME student is making a connection to industry -- whether it's through an internship, co-op, job opportunity, design project, or even an international work experience.  I'm here to help you make that connection!  Stop by my office, give me a call, or shoot me an email. I work exclusively with Mechanical Engineering students, so I can help you find the perfect opportunity!

Purdue ME Students + Industry Connection = Workforce Ready!

Julia King, Director, Office for Industrial Experience
Room ME2007E  |  765-494-5702  |  juliaking@purdue.edu


Purdue gives you so many opportunities to get a taste of the working world: take advantage of them!

Center for Career Opportunities (CCO)
Get solid real-world advice, and search for internships and full-time positions.

PurdueME.com (ME Undergrad Blog):
Gives you a plethora of up-to-the-minute job opportunities, scholarships, student groups, and more. Subscribe to the "Jobs" category, and new jobs will be sent to your inbox!

Get months of real-world experience, build solid relationships, get paid!

Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE)
Get international work experience AND study abroad in one trip!

Global Engineering Programs (GEP)
Have an amazing adventure, and get an instant advantage in job hunting!

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) / Optional Practical Training (OPT)
American work experience for international students.


Purdue is the #4 public university in the nation (Wall Street Journal), and Mechanical Engineering is the one of the largest schools at Purdue, with 1,400 undergrads, 600 grad students, and 80 faculty. There are numerous ways you can put that engineering experience to work for you!

Contact me today to learn more about these industry connections!



  • Use CCO resources to polish your resume.  It makes a difference!
  • Add information that demonstrates leadership ability, communication skills, & teamwork. Employers are looking for these qualities! 
  • Industry experience is important!  Focus your efforts on this section. 
  • Include a specific objective: internship, co-op, or full time position.
  • No more than 1 page!


  • What makes you unique compared to other ME students?
  • Incorporate your uniqueness into your elevator pitch!
  • Get involved! Leverage your unique global experiences, undergraduate research, student organizations,
    project teams (EPICS, SAE, ME 263/463, competitions, & more).
  • Practice delivery of your elevator pitch until it is smooth, natural, and professional.


  • Network, network, network! 
  • Leverage your network of contacts from any past industry experience.  Also reach out to contacts developed through volunteer work, professional & student associations, research experience, extra-curriculars, family, friends, etc.
  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile, keep it up to date, & connect to employers.
  • Conduct informational interviews to grow your network. Ask your contacts for additional contacts to
    further expand your network.


  • Use your myCCO account! Set your search criteria to be notified of new jobs postings.
  • Job Fairs:
    • Participate in all of Purdue’s job fairs: Industrial Roundtable is world-renowned!
    • Download the Purdue Career Fair+ app
    • Research companies in advance, map a plan to visit key employers, dress to impress, speak
      confidently, & represent yourself well.
  • Interviews: Research the company thoroughly, prepare questions, & be enthusiastic!
  • Resources:
    • CCO (cco.purdue.edu): Your top job search resource!
    • ME Blog (PurdueME.com): Info sessions, internships, research opportunities, and full-time
      positions; Subscribe to the PurdueME.com blog to be notified of new postings
    • OPP (opp.purdue.edu): Your Co-Op and GEARE headquarters
    • Indeed.com: Upload resume & search daily


Julia King
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall, Room ME2058
West Lafayette, IN 47907