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

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Student advantages

  • Earn academic credit
  • Finance your education
  • Develop workplace competencies
  • Improve after-graduation prospects
  • Create realistic career expectations
  • Establish valuable employment references
  • Earn higher after-graduation starting salaries
  • Enhance self-confidence and professionalism
  • Test classroom theories in an employment setting

Employer advantages

  • Provides input into university curriculum
  • Improves recruitment for a diverse workforce
  • Creates access to highly motivated new talent
  • Increases cost effectiveness of recruitment/training
  • Enhances company visibility and image on campus
  • Allows evaluation of potential permanent employees by observing actual on-the-job performance
  • Improves retention rates among permanent employees recruited and hired after co-op

University advantages

  • Keeps curricula up-to-date with changes in industry
  • Builds a positive relationship between Purdue Fort Wayne and the surrounding community
  • Improves student and faculty access to the latest technology in industry
  • Improves employer access to Purdue Fort Wayne faculty

Other areas of interest:

Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning

Academic Internships

Service Learning