While the Office of Professional Practice has facilitated Cooperative Education at Purdue since 1954, we continue to strive to make advancements in the field of Professional Practice, in addition to creating new, innovative programming to better serve all Purdue students — traditional and nontraditional. We are proud to announce the further development of the Flex Co-Op program in Spring 2019. With Flex Co-Op, students and employers commit to a minimum of 2 work sessions, then either have the option to keep going for 1-3 additional terms, or to start a work session rotation with a new student/employer for a minimum of 2 work sessions.

What brought about this change? The demand for greater flexibility has led universities and employers nationwide to adopt the “flex” concept. Evidence of decline in the 5-Session co-op program has further supported this need, as well as the low completion rate of 5-Session co-ops in some disciplines.

What remains the same, and what is new?

• Students make commitments to a qualified employer to work multiple sessions

• Employers get students who are dedicated, motivated, and want to work

• Students and employers get more out of a co-op opportunity than internships

• Traditional 3-session and 5-session co-ops are still available

Here's what is new!

• Schedule flexibility: students have greater ability to work for employers in back-to-back terms

• At the end of 2 sessions, students and employers can decide to continue or to part ways

• If a student stays, employers get an even greater return on their investment

• Employers now have the opportunity to recruit students who already have work experience at another company

• Students who work for more than one company, will be in a better position to make an informed decision about future career opportunities

Click here to see a list of available programs by discipline/major.

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