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College of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professional Practice Programs

The professional practice programs enable qualified students to obtain experiences related to their specific engineering discipline with selected employers while completing the requirements of their undergraduate degree. Students can participate in a five-session co-op, three-session co-op, or internship program. International internships also are available through the Global Partners in Apprenticeship Learning (G-PAL) Program within the Professional Practice Program (OPP). OPP also offers the GEARE program, which combines domestic and international work experiences, a design project component and an opportunity to study abroad.

For more information, please visit the Professional Practice website.

GEARE Program

The Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program is a unique and award-winning program that originated in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Since 2009, the Professional Practice Program (OPP) has assumed all GEARE operations and opened up the program to all College of Engineering students. GEARE is designed to supplement the education of engineers so they are prepared to function immediately in the global workplace. Students in the program participate in an orientation program, including language and culture, one domestic internship, one subsequent international internship at the same company, one semester of study abroad with fully transferable engineering course credits, and a one-semester to two-semester design team project with design teams that include students from international partner universities working on an industry-inspired project.

Interested students are encouraged to refer to the OPP website.