What are the advantages of participating in the Co-Op Program?

  • Acquire two years of actual work experience
  • Provide ways to pay expenses
  • Learn more about different career opportunities
  • Help make career choices
  • Gain excellent job experience for resume
  • Become more marketable at graduation

What are the prime objectives of Purdue's Co-Op Program?

Purdue's program is designed to integrate professional work experiences with the classroom training of a four-year college curriculum.

What types of employment do Co-Op students receive?

Co-Op employment provides students with the opportunity to supplement their academic experience with meaningful work experiences related to their field of study. As they progress through their work sessions, Co-Op students begin to perform jobs they would expect to do after graduation.

Where do Co-Op students work?

Purdue's Co-Op Program is truly nationwide. About one-third (31.6%) of our Co-Op jobs are in the state of Indiana. Sixty percent of the employers are in the Midwest (including Indiana), and the remaining forty percent are spread throughout the country.

Do Co-Op students earn academic credit for working?

Only the Schools of Technology and Liberal Arts award direct academic credit for the Co-Op work experience - one or two credits per work session. Many other disciplines have mechanisms whereby Co-Op students can earn credit as a result of their Co-Op experiences.

What part of their college expenses do Co-Op students earn?

Some Indiana residents can pay the majority of their college expenses from Co-Op earnings. The amount saved to pay college expenses varies with the student and the cost of living at the various Co-Op locations. Average monthly salaries for Co-Op students vary by discipline and employer location.

When Do Co-Op students work?

Typically the students start their Co-Op job after their freshmen or sophomore year and complete all required work sessions with the same employer.