We believe that formal training in landscape architecture is not enough. A complete education in our
profession must include hands-on work experience in a professional landscape architecture office. That’s why we developed the
Purdue Landscape Architecture Cooperative Education (Coop) Program more than 30 years ago — and this program makes Purdue
Landscape Architecture graduates unique.
To earn a Purdue Landscape Architecture degree, our students must participate in the Coop Program.
This is not just a summer internship. Our students gain practical experience working with your professional team.
Because Purdue Landscape Architecture Coop students are trained and motivated, they are prepared to
By working in your office, Purdue Landscape Architecture Coop students gain experience that students
attending other universities can’t match.
Professional opportunities. They will complete their experience knowing what it takes to be a landscape
architect, which helps them and our profession.
You will negotiate directly with students about start and end dates, salaries, and other conditions
of employment. Typically, wage agreements should allow students to live comfortably in your locality.
Incentives like paid holidays or time off are enticing to the student but not mandatory. All
arrangements are between you and the student; there is no contract with Purdue University.
If you have questions about the Purdue Landscape Architecture Coop Program or want to participate,
please contact our faculty coordinator:
Bernie Dahl, FASLA, FCELA
Coordinator, Coop Program
Purdue Landscape Architecture Program
What Other Coop Firms Are Saying
“Our intern has proved to be a very hard worker, and in this short period of time has become a real asset to our organization.”
“He educated our office on many programs that we have found useful and are now implementing. He is an extremely hard worker and always follows through on deadlines.”
“Our intern has been able to master our design program and actually do more with it than we thought it could do. . . . After graduation, I plan to sit down with him to discuss full-time employment.”
“We have been impressed with the general attitudes and abilities of the interns that have come to help us.”
“If our intern has any bad memories of his experience with us, it was probably a result of our forgetting he was an intern and putting responsibility on his shoulders he should not have had to bear.”
“We will definitely be looking for another Purdue intern next year.”
“Her work is both problem-solving focused as well as aesthetically nuanced. . . . Her
collegiate attitude and grace under pressure is a rare commodity.”
“Our intern had an amazing attitude and was able to contribute to the studio at a level
beyond what might be typical of an internship experience.”