One of the reasons I chose Purdue was the professional practice program. Every February, over a hundred companies come to Purdue to recruit for freshman and sophomores in engineering to fill roles as co-op students for the next two/three years. You alternate back and forth between school and work each semester and summer, earning money while getting valuable work experience.
As part of my job this semester, I’ve gotten to work with GE in Houston. To better understand how our products work in the field, some people from my engineering team and I went to visit a drilling rig to see the field application of one of our engines. Learned a lot, even if the rig manager gave me a hard time for being an intern.