About Us

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


The following is a list of responsibilities for the Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education and Service-Learning. Our responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the IPFW administrator of Cooperative Education.
  • Continuing as an information clearinghouse and resource about best practices in academic credit-bearing, community-based learning experiences (e.g., cooperative education, academic credit-bearing internships, service-learning activities).
  • Administering credit-bearing internship or other community-based learning programs as asked and in collaboration with academic departments.
  • Serving as the IPFW representative to the Indiana Campus Compact and support service-learning initiatives in the classroom.
  • Tracking participating student progress and provide program data analysis.
  • Continuing to refer students and businesses interested in a non-credit internship to Career Services and to cooperate with Career Services in promoting the benefits of an internship experience, whether credit-bearing or not.
  • Collaborating with CELT to provide faculty development opportunities to promote and support course-embedded community-based learning and other experiential pedagogies.

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