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Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning

Office of

Academic Internships,

Cooperative Education &

Service Learning

Hours of Operation


M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm


Contact us

Main Office

Phone | 260-481-6939

Email | cooped@ipfw.edu

Debra Barrick | Director

Phone | 260-481-5471

Fax | 260-481-5460

Email | barrickd@ipfw.edu 

Welcome to OACS

Welcome to OACS

The IPFW Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS) is a division of the Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs (RESP), a unit within the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), created to serve the faculty, students, and staff with scholarly and creative activities and engagement. Below is a brief listing of the programs and services OACS administers.

Cooperative Education

Co-op is short for cooperative education, a nationally recognized academic training program that involves partnerships between students, employers, and IPFW. This academic enhancement program gives you the opportunity to explore how classroom theory relates to actual employment opportunities, while you remain an IPFW student. The Program is highly successful and has a proven history of benefits to students, employers, and IPFW. (See more)

Academic Internships

Academic Internships allow students to combine a credit-bearing independent study with outside, non-paid work experience.

A strong, rigorous academic component must complement the work experience. A faculty member advises the project and evaluates the student’s work. Students must meet the requirements established by their department. Some departments may not have a course established to accommodate academic internships. (See more)

Service Learning

Service learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. - Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher (See more)

Interns for Indiana

The Purdue Interns for Indiana program, partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., is an innovative approach to keeping Indiana's college graduates in Indiana. By matching high-quality student interns with Indiana startup companies, IPFW via the Purdue University system aims to accelerate company growth while providing students with valuable educational experiences. (See more)