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Cooperative Education

Office of

Academic Internships,

Cooperative Education &

Service Learning

Neff Hall, Room 337

Phone - (260) 481-6939

Email -

Debra Barrick, Director

Phone - (260) 481-5471

Fax - (260) 481-5460

Email -

Hours of Operation

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monday to Friday



Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a nationally recognized academic training program that involves partnerships between students, employers, and Purdue University Fort Wayne.

This academic enhancement program gives you the opportunity to explore how classroom theory relates to actual employment opportunities, while you remain a Purdue Fort Wayne student. The program is highly successful and has a proven history of benefits to students, employers, and Purdue Fort Wayne.

You receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters with an employer from the Greater Fort Wayne area or you can go to another state. The choice is yours.

Local employers provide outstanding co-op opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science; Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences; and the Division of Organizational Leadership.

Faculty co-op coordinators must approve all employers who request students and students applying to the program based on departmental criteria. Upon approval, you are ready to begin the interview process.

Changes Related to Co-op Wages and Financial Aid

Beginning with the FAFSA application for the 2010-11 academic year, co-op wages reported on a student's IRS return will be subtracted from any other earnings the student might have had for that tax year. This is the same practice as that which applies to Federal College Work-Study wages.

Other areas of interest:

Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning

Academic Internships

Service Learning

For More Information:

  • Students interested in the program may contact the office at or 260-481-6939.
  • Employers interested in the program may contact the office at or 260-481-5471.