Undergraduate Co-op

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 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 or 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 pay a program fee of $400 while at each work session. This fee entitles students to maintain their full-time academic status for insurance and student loan purposes. Normal tuition and fees are charged only while on campus.

 

In the 3-session co-op program, students will gain approximately 12 months of professional experience while alternating between semesters on campus taking classes and working with their Professional Practice Employer. All three work sessions are spent with the same employer.

 

 

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 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 or 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.

 

 

In the Flex co-op program, students and employers commit to a minimum of 2 work sessions. Students then have the option to keep going for 1-3 additional terms or start a work session rotation with a new student/employer for a minimum of 2 work sessions. It should be noted that students have to go through the interview process again to receive an offer from a second employer.

 

In the Parallel co-op program, students will have the unique opportunity to work full time for an employer during a summer session, and part-time (12-29 hours per week) during spring and fall semesters. Students will take a reduced academic load (6-11 credits) during the spring and fall semesters. Maintaining their full-time student status, while splitting the reduced course load with part-time work experience, is made possible by registering for the 0-credit Parallel co-op course each work rotation.

 
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