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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

DEPARTMENT OF Electrical and computer ENGINEERING

Take a break from your books.

Studying and taking tests is important, but so is going beyond the classroom to maximize your college experience. Check out the options you have to make the most of your time at Purdue Fort Wayne.

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Jobs, internships, and Cooperative Education

For some extra spending cash.

Internships come in two flavors: paid and unpaid. Please note, if you’re interested in a cooperative education, also referred to as a co-op, position, you must be preapproved. Please read the ECE Student Guide for Internship and Co-op for detailed procedures. Some previous companies that ECE students have partnered with for internships and co-ops include Regal Rexnord (Regal Beloit), Franklin Electric, AccuTemp, PHD, Ultra Electronics, QSC (Attero Tech), Nidec, Steel Dynamics, Sortera Alloys, API Alliances, General Dynamics, Davaus, General Motors, John Deer, and BAE Systems.

The benefits of enrolling in an academic internship credit below:

•  Competitive income earned to help finance your educational costs. Those enrolled in academic internships through PFW are earning more than minimum wage.
•  Your work experience is related to your major/field of study. Faculty/department approval to determine true internship.
•  Great on your resume for related field of study experience and employment prospects post-graduation.
•  Internship experience recorded on official transcript. 
•  Enhance self-confidence and professionalism through awareness and development of workplace competencies.
•  SkillSurvey self-assessment and employer evaluation.
•  Support from University should there be any concerns/issues and celebrate student success
•  Midterm check in with student intern and employer.
•  Build networking opportunities and partnership with employers for you as well as to connect PFW students with other internship/employment opportunities.

Check out what’s available now, and look back often for more opportunities.

Engineering Intern in Ultra Electronics | Engineering Intern (Posted on October 31, 2022)

Summer 2023 Internship at QSC (Posted on December 6, 2022)

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Student Organizations

IEEE

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Focused on your career.

By joining this chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, you’ll have access to all IEEE technical societies, publications, and services at a discounted rate. You’ll also get to network with your fellow engineering Mastodons.
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Society of Women Engineers

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Support and encouragement for women engineers.

Meet, support, and encourage other women engineers while you take part in annual activities.
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Living Learning Community

Live with the engineering Herd.

Make connections and live with those who share your passion of engineering by joining our living learning community. You’ll get to make unforgettable memories with your fellow engineering Mastodons, collaborate together, and forge lifelong friendships. 

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Study Abroad

Let the world be your classroom.

Your college experience is special—and uniquely yours. Imagine enhancing it by taking your studies overseas. Living and learning in a different country will foster both your independence and your personal development. Through this experience, and the knowledge you’ll gain living like a local, you’ll emerge with a new perspective.