Internships & Experiential Learning


An internship is a great way to gain work experience while still in school or just graduated.   You can find many internship opportunities if you take the time to look.  By working as an intern, you may find your ideal job or gain just the experience you need to land that perfect job! We strongly encourage you to register with PUC’s CareerTrax as employers post their internship and position openings there when they are looking to hire from our campus.

Other places to look include:

Professional engineering organizations such as IEEE and SWE

Directly at a  company’s website

Experiential Learning ExL


Experiential Learning (ExL) promotes and instructs applied learning courses for students and assists employers to meet their workforce development needs. Each year, Purdue University Calumet students participate in experiential learning courses including Internships, Practicums, Research and Service Learning.

All Purdue University Calumet students will need two (2) EXL units to fulfill graduation requirements.


To enhance the academic study and student competency development, promote regional economic vitality and build on ongoing partnerships with employers and community partners.


  1. To ensure that all students have access to and include experiential learning courses in their academic careers.
  2. To apply course content and gain relevant academic, personal and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to become work-ready and civically engaged members of the community upon graduation.
  3. To build partnerships with employers and community partners that produce strong learning environments for students while meeting workforce development needs.

The senior engineering design courses I and II constitute a two-semester sequence of an interdisciplinary activity and meet the goals and objectives of experiential learning.

This required course sequence provides the opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams to pursue an engineering idea from conception to design, and, hopefully, fabrication and testing. These projects provide a transition from university study to the real world of engineering work. Required components include a literature search, work plan, design review, status reports, final reports, test plan and instruction manual as appropriate, and multiple oral presentations.  Many of the project ideas come from local industry, the remainder from faculty members. Special equipment, ranging from digital image processing systems to data acquisition to rapid prototyping to computational fluid dynamics, is available for senior design projects.  All the projects are solving real-world problems.

The objective of these courses is to provide engineering students with supervised experience in the process and practice of engineering design. Projects are chosen by the students or faculty. Students working in teams pursue an idea from conception to realistic design. The course is climaxed by the presentation of a substantial written report and formal oral presentation before faculty and students.