Partner with Professional Practice

Being a partner allows you to make a meaningful gift to Professional Practice Programs where it will be used in developing tomorrow’s leaders! Your gift could make all the difference for a student who needs a scholarship to stay in school and become a part of the co-op program. Your gift might help fund a global project that results in a major breakthrough!

By partnering with the Professional Practice Programs, you will have opportunity to influence the future of co-op students at Purdue University. Our goal is to have the ability to find every student employment and to find every employer an employee. By working together, we believe we can meet your recruiting needs and perhaps even surpass them!

We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you to continually improve the Professional Practice Programs to meet the existing and future needs of both employers and students.

How to Give

Complete the Professional Practice Pledge Form. Information on specific sponsor opportunities can be found below. 

Businesses interested in supporting OPP should read about our sponsorship opportunities.

Naming Opportunities

Endowed Directorship for the Office of Professional Practice ($1,000,000)

We believe that at the heart of every great institution of higher learning is top-notch instruction by exceptional leaders. Over its long history, Purdue University has been fortunate to boast several prime examples of this philosophy. Purdue has been blessed with outstanding leaders who have been shaping students’ lives and careers for more than 130 years. An endowed directorship will help attract, retain, and reward the very best faculty member and leader. With increased funding, our programs and centers will be empowered to extend the impact of learning, discovery, and engagement to a global community. The funding from this directorship will allow the Office of Professional Practice to significantly grow our domestic and international co-op programs by hiring a recruiting assistant, who will help the recruiting manager with employer and student recruitment.

Professional Practice Programs Opportunities Fund ($1,000,000 - $500,000)

In the Spring of 2012, the Office of Professional Practice served 792 Co-Op students from 17 disciplines, and worked with 152 employers. Co-op students progress in the Professional Practice Programs, as they perform jobs they would expect to do after graduation. Funding for these students enables them to get experience and handle diversity, responsibility, and levels of challenge with each work session.

During the summer of 2012, 75 students worked and studied overseas with the Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program, as well as other global internships. We believe it is our responsibility to provide students with global opportunities that will ensure they are prepared to be part of a global workforce and leadership opportunities that will enable them to excel as engineers of the 21st Century. This fund will allow us to make such opportunities available to engineering students participating in global work sessions such as GEARE. The award-winning GEARE program is unique to Purdue and has received significant recognition for its innovative nature in combining cultural and engineering education aspects.

Office of Professional Practice Suite ($100,000)

The Office of Professional Practice is strategically located in the A.A. Potter Engineering Center on the main engineering campus. To better serve the needs of our students and to facilitate the program’s growth, we have renovated this space to ensure we are building relationships with students and industrial partners in an environment that is conducive to developing partnerships and trust. Our staff is centrally located so we can accommodate the needs of our students and corporate partners while fostering an environment that encourages brainstorming and strategic planning for new and exciting programs. This area will serve as the focal point for Office of Professional Practice leadership activities.

Scholarship Support

Office of Professional Practice Scholarship Support ($25,000)

The Office of Professional Practice is committed to providing financial support to students who participate in our programs. Given the current economic challenges, many students rely on multiple sources of income to fulfill their educational dreams. By creating a $25,000 endowment to provide scholarship support, the OPP staff has resources available to focus on recruitment and retention of the best and brightest students from around the globe.

Co-Op Registration Fee Assistantship

Every work session, co-op students are required to pay a blanket registration fee to Purdue University in order to maintain their student status. This fee often is not included in a student's financial aid or salary package. Your contribution will make every co-op work session more cost-effective for students.

5-Session Cooperative Education Program: ($1,000/student)

Students start their co-op positions after the freshman year and complete all required work sessions with the same employer. Co-op work sessions alternate with traditional academic sessions on campus. As they progress through their work sessions, co-op students begin to perform jobs they would be expected to do upon graduation.

3-Session Cooperative Education Program: ($1,000/student)

Students spend all three alternating work sessions with a single employer. They begin in the fall, spring, or summer following their sophomore year and get 12 months of work experience.

Intensive Internship Program - 6 to 7 Months Duration: ($1,000/student)

This program allows students to have enough time with an employer host organization to complete a significant short-term industrial project. The duration of the program is one semester and one summer session.

Internship Program - 3 to 4 Months Duration: ($1,000/student)

This program allows students to have enough time with an employer host organization to complete a significant short-term industrial project. The duration of the program is one semester and one summer session.

Global Travel Assistance

The cost associated with global travel can be prohibitive. Purdue students pursue professional experiences abroad. Your contributions will help subsidize the cost, enabling students to achieve their dreams.

GEARE Program - Global Engineering Alliance for Research & Education: ($1,500/student)

GEARE is designed to supplement the education of engineers so they are prepared to function immediately within the global workplace. Students in the program participate in an orientation program, 12 credit hours of foreign languages, one domestic internship, one subsequent international internship (preferably at the same company), one semester of study abroad with fully transferable engineering course credits, and a one-semester to two-semester design team project with students from international partner universities working on an industry-inspired project.

Leave Your Legacy

Impact future generations with a planned gift:

  • Bequest/Will provision
    • Gifts made in your will are deductible as a charitable contribution for federal estate tax purposes. Bequests can be designated as unrestricted or for a specific purpose.
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Revocable living trust
  • Charitable remainder annuity trust
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan assets

Download the partnership funding pamphlet (PDF)

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