Internships are generally 10-12 week full-time work experiences where students can build skills related to their academic discipline. Purdue students may earn recognition for their summer internships via enrollment in an internship course during their work experience. Internship courses are available in most academic programs at Purdue, and include a 0-credit option. The 0-credit option is free of charge. Students should consider registering for an internship course during their experience because
- The experience will be validated by Purdue and will appear on the student’s transcript of record
- Students will be supported by a Purdue internship supervisor during the experience, who can provide students with advice should they encounter difficulties
- Course assignments will help students articulate their growth and create a record of the experience useful for future resumes and interviews
- Students will receive an evaluation from their employer supervisors to aid with professional development
- Students who enroll in an internship course may be able to pursue a co-op certificate should the length of their internship be extended or if they accept future work experiences with their internship employer. More information on the co-op program can be found here.
- Students pursuing industry certificates in semiconductors or pharmaceutical manufacturing are required to register for their internship experience in order for the experience to count towards the certificate.
- Engineering students who enroll in internship or co-op courses have the opportunity for additional recognition based upon performance including being named to the Internship/Co-op Dean’s list or being awarded the Purdue Engineering Intern or Co-op student of the year.
- Students registering for their internship will assist Purdue in collecting information about the internship experience. Data collected related to salary and benefits will be useful to all future students when negotiating salary with their internship employers.
What To Do When You Get an Internship
Your academic advisors or department's co-op coordinator can help you register for the correct internship course within your major.