Cooperative Education

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 |


Debra Barrick | Director

Phone | 260-481-5471

Fax | 260-481-5460 

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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.

You receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters with an employer from the Greater Fort Wayne area or you can go to another state. The choice is yours.

Local employers provide outstanding co-op opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science; Richard T. Doermer Business and Management Sciences; and the Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision.

Faculty co-op coordinators approve all employers who request students. Also they approve your application based on departmental criteria. Upon approval, you are ready to begin the interview process.

Other areas of interest:

Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning

Academic Internships

Service Learning

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Co-op Commentary

Check out our latest Discourse from our Director- Deb Barrick.

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