Cooperative Education (co-op) programs offer numerous benefits for students looking to gain real-world experience before they graduate. In addition to gaining anywhere from 12-22 months of practical experience prior to graduation, students can also earn a significant and competitive salary while on their co-op sessions. Unlike many other co-op programs around the nation, the co-op programs at Purdue typically involve students completing 3-5 work sessions with the same employer which allows students to gain a long relationship with their employer, work on more projects, and take on increasingly responsible roles in their work sessions. Students that complete a Purdue co-op program are highly sought after they graduate and are distinguished from other recent graduates.
This program is a transcript-recorded experience and provides an academic certificate upon completion. Students register for a co-op course with a special fee of $400 while participating in each work session. This course is designed to maximize the student experience and aid with professional development and career readiness. This special rate allows students to maintain full-time status which helps with insurance and student loan purposes. Normal tuition and fees are charged only while on campus.
The Industry Co-op Certificate is awarded to students who have gained about 1 year of full-time work (at least one fall/spring semester) experience related to their academic field of study. Students will register for a cooperative education course during each academic term for which they are engaged in full-time work with an employer. Students are required to complete a minimum of three work terms. Students should have a progressive experience, with a minimum of two work terms occurring with the same employer. Students must complete all necessary requirements specific to their academic discipline.
The Extensive Industry Co-op Certificate is awarded to students who have gained 18 months or more of full-time work experience related to their academic field of study. Students will register for a cooperative education course during each academic term for which they are engaged in full-time work with an employer. Students are required to complete five work terms. Students should have a progressive experience, with multiple work terms occurring at the same employer. Students may change employers one time. Students must complete all necessary requirements specific to their academic discipline.
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