Get Paid and Earn Credit in a Co-op
Explore how what you've learned in class can be applied in the real-world through Cooperative Education (co-op) opportunities. Co-op is a nationally recognized academic training program that lets you work with employers to get experience in your industry.
Students in the program alternate their yearly schedules by working full-time one semester and then continuing their education full-time the next semester. You'll receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters in your academic career. Cooperative Education experiences aren't limited to the Fort Wayne area—you can often go anywhere in the nation and earn college credit here at Purdue Fort Wayne.Apply Today
To be eligible for a co-op position, you'll need to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at Purdue Fort Wayne and have your freshmen requirements completed for your major. You'll also need a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, but some employers may require a higher GPA. Lastly, you'll need to meet any additional requirements established by your department.
Faculty co-op coordinators must approve all employers who request students and students applying to the program based on departmental criteria. Upon approval, you'll be ready to begin the interview process. Most co-op opportunities happen within the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, but occasionally there are similar opportunities for business or science students as well.
Changes Related to Wages and Financial Aid
Co-op wages reported on IRS returns will be subtracted from any other earnings the student might have had for that tax year. This is the same practice that applies to Federal College Work-Study wages and academic internship wages.