Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne Cooperative Education

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Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is the largest public university in northeast Indiana and the fifth-largest in the state, offering more than 200 prestigious IU and Purdue degree and certificate options. More than 14,000 students from 43 U.S. states and 68 countries around the world pursue their education on IPFW’s park-like campus.

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Key Major Future Job Possibilities Sample Co-Op Companies
Mechanical Engineering Automotive, Robotics, Supply Chain Management Goodyear, General Motors, BAE Systems
Business Real Estate, Finance, International Business Northwestern Mutual, Lincoln Financial Group, Biomet
Electrical Engineering Semiconductors, Biomedical Engineering, Wide Area Networks Northrop Grumman, UPS, Exelis

U.S. News & World Report recognized Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne in the following categories:

• Among “Best Undergraduate Business Programs”
• Among “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools where Doctorate not offered)”
• Among “Regional Universities (Midwest)”
• #129 Best Nursing School (Graduate School Rankings)
• #149 Public Affairs (Graduate School Rankings)



Cooperative Education is an academic training program involving partnerships between students, employers and IPFW. Students have an opportunity to apply classroom theory to an actual employment setting.

An IPFW Co-op can help you:

• Pay for college
• Develop self-confidence and professionalism
• Establish employment references
• Create realistic career expectations

All positons are paid a competitive wage and students may receive academic credit. Employers provide outstanding co-op opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science and the Doermer School of Business.


• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Freshmen academic requirements completed
• Working on 4 year degree
• Departments may have additional criteria

Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Degrees Offered
Public/Private Student Body

Please Note:While you will build your resume and gain many professional skills during your co-op or internship, participating in a co-op or internship does not guarantee employment. Sample companies and future job possibilities are intended to highlight possible outcomes.