ME Cooperative Education Coordinator: Charles Krousgrill

Cooperative Education

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

  1. Once you accept a co-op offer from an OPP partnering employer, submit a copy of your offer letter to Robin Terwilliger (ME 3041) or Julia King (ME 2058)
  2. Revise your Plan of Study (POS) to reflect your 3-term or 5-term co-op program
  3. Schedule an advising appointment with your assigned academic advisor to review your revised POS and co-op plans
  4. 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. Check the list often, as it is updated frequently.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Co-op Days

International Students

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)