Learning While Working

The College of Engineering & The Office of Professional Practice are working with companies to develop a new co-op model that we are calling Learning While Working (LWW).

Students can earn a co-op certificate for completing a one-year continuous full-time work experience.  The intention is to develop academic courses for students to take online while participating in a co-op experience to reduce the time to graduation from 5 years to 4.5 or 4 years. OPP will build partnerships with co-op employers to hire cohorts of students, and while working, students will take a 3-credit course online during each of the academic periods for which the student is registered for co-op.

Students will complete for-credit engineering projects which will be integrated into the work experience. These projects will have company mentors as well as a Purdue faculty mentor.  OPP will work with new employers who don't typically do a rotational co-op; in some of these formats, employers are interested in hiring students for continous work. Our intent is to build more courses online so students can earn credit while completing a LWW session.

While we are still building the infrastructure, OPP will work with academic units to offer courses online that will be meaningful to the students plan of study, as well as for their work within the company.   

Cummins, Inc. & GM will be the initial employers to pilot the program, each with a cohort of 5-10 students. Submit your interest form & resume here

Fall 2021 Online Course List

  • Apple
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bastian Solutions
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Cummins
  • GM
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Lilly
  • Merck
  • Rolls Royce
  • SAAB
  • Tesla
  • TSMC
  • Wabash National
  • Wayfair

Sample Academic LWW Schedules