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The Co-op Office defines internship as a one-semester paid work experience. A co-op is multi-term and provides more in-depth experience. Both are paid experiences through the Co-op Office.
At IPFW, the co-op program is an academic program in which students work in a position related to their major. Co-ops gain experience with the same employer and earn a competitive salary while working. Co-oping allows participants to build a powerful resume, to develop a network of professional contacts, and to gain a truly complete education. Students who successfully complete this form of enhanced education receive a co-op designation on their degree and are recognized for their accomplishment during the commencement ceremony.
Through the Cooperative Education office (co-op), an internship is a one-semester paid work experience (usually summer). A co-op is longer and provides more in-depth experience, and you spend at least two semesters with your employer. All experiences are approved by faculty and are directly related to your employer.
No! All of our services are FREE to IPFW students.
Absolutely. All students are paid competitive wages. The salary range for 2012-13 was $8.00-$24.33. The average wage was $14.35.
Many employers use the IPFW co-op program to recruit full-time employees. Many IPFW students graduating with bachelor’s degrees and co-op or internship experience are hired by employers participating in the program.
There are numerous employers in our database who offer co-op and internship opportunities. They include manufacturers, engineering firms, accounting firms, and others.
Yes! It will be listed on your transcript as proof that you participated in a co-op program officially recognized by Purdue or IU.
Yes! FREE mock interviews are available with the Career Services Office on campus so you understand what to expect in the interview. Visit them at www.ipfw.edu/career.
You can start a co-op or internship after completion of freshman year. Employers realize that you won’t have a much education or experience as a new graduate. Since Cooperative Education and internships are training programs, employers design student assignments based on student abilities. Supervisors and mentors help students understand their responsibilities.
No! We automatically email your resume to all employers requesting your major and the type of co-op or internship you want.
No. But, after you co-op or intern, you will gain valuable insights into that company so you can make an informed decision. Chances are that any employer that offered you challenge, respect, consideration, and training as a student will offer similar incentives to you as a full-time employee.
No. You will be allowed to begin co-op employment only if you intend to meet all requirements of the program.
Salaries are set by employers and can vary widely from one company to another. Your primary goal as a co-op student should be to obtain the best work and educational experience possible. At this point in your career, salary should not be a major factor in deciding which co-op offer to accept.
Work reports provide an opportunity for you to summarize your responsibilities and accomplishments and to provide feedback about your co-op job based on various criteria. Work reports are used to help verify that you have met requirements for graduating with the co-op designation, so plan to complete them accurately and in a timely manner. After removing the confidential information, the Division of Professional Practice may make your reports available to assist other students as they research particular employers.
Co-op students are occasionally able to take a class on campus during a work term. Such an arrangement depends on the willingness and ability of your employer to offer you a flextime schedule of forty hours per week. Taking a distance learning course or a course at another university is also sometimes possible. First, ask if your supervisor approves of you taking a class during a work term. If you plan to take an IPFW course during a work term, contact your co-op advisor to obtain the correct registration permit. If you wish to take a course at another institution during your work term, check with your academic advisor in advance to make sure the credits will transfer.
Need more information? Stop by Neff, Room 337 or call 260-481-6939.