When Kalli Fullenkamp heard about the Purdue Co-Op program during an on-campus visit, she knew this was the university for her.
Fullenkamp graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in May of 2012, and now works as a Vycar Process Engineer for Performance Coatings with Lubrizol, a specialty chemical company. It’s the same company where she spent five rotations as a Co-Op during her time at Purdue.
“During one of the rotations, I was able to apply what I was learning in class right away,” says Fullenkamp. “Joining the Co-Op program is one of the best decisions a student can make. ”Fullenkamp was so excited about her own experiences as a Co-Op with Lubrizol, she joined the Professional Practice Ambassadors to help other Purdue students learn about the Co-Op program. Fullenkamp eventually took on the role of president for the student organization.“I enjoyed being a part of the club and I wanted to help spread the word,” says Fullenkamp. “The club also gave me something to focus on besides classes. It was a good distraction.”“Kalli’s professionalism and organizational skills she gained from working at Lubrizol as a Co-Op were instrumental in leading and directing the PPA activities and subcommittee action teams,” says Cheryl Krueckeberg, associate director of the Office of Professional Practice and advisor for the Professional Practice Ambassadors. “Our office is very dependent on the activities of this student organization, specifically in recruitment of new applicants, employers and continuous improvement efforts of our program.”Fullenkamp’s hard work at Lubrizol also paid off when it came time to find a job. She had a job offer before she even started her senior year. “Being a Co-Op is awesome. It helped me land a job and provided me with real-world experience and great friends,” says Fullenkamp.