Professional Practice Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Professional Practice shall be to facilitate the experiential education and Professional Practice of Purdue University students within the academic environment of the institution and its global partners; to participate in academic research within the field of Professional Practice; and to assist the academic units with enhanced employer engagement.

The Competitive Edge

The Office of Professional Practice offers formal programs in 5-session co-op, 3-session co-op, internship, and research formats. Purdue’s Professional Practice Programs are designed to combine practical on-the-job experiences with the classroom training of a four-year college curriculum. Our programs help students integrate theory and practice, confirm career choices, investigate potential job opportunities, and become better graduates. At the same time, it allows the students to earn money and help finance their education.

Formally initiated in 1954, the program now serves over 1,000 students and more than 500 employers from private industry and government agencies. The program is currently available to the students in Agriculture, Engineering, Krannert School of Management, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Psychological Sciences, Science, and Technology.

Our co-op programs are voluntary plans for students who finish their first or second year at Purdue in the upper half of their class. Admission requirements vary from school to school and not all students who apply to the Professional Practice Program find Co-Op jobs. Once a Co-Op job is accepted, students alternate sessions of academic study with sessions of work with a qualified employer. Faculty Coordinators screen potential employers to assure quality job assignments and refer interested students for job interviews - typically in the spring of the year.

While students are away from campus on their work assignment, they are registered for a course at Purdue, for which they are charged a fee each term. This fee covers part of the added cost to the University of administering this special program. During the student's work session semester they do NOT pay the regular semester tuition, only the Professional Practice Fee, which is currently $400. This keeps the student in "student status" at Purdue to fulfuill insurance and financial aid requirements.

At the end of each session, students submit a written report of the work they performed and the evaluations of their work session to their Professional Practice Coordinator.

Purdue University Office of Professional Practice, Potter Engineering Center, Rm 114, 500 Central Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-7430

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