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.