product design internship program

product design internship program


The Product Design Internship Program (PDIP) program includes a two-year degree in Product Design & Production Processes that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid work experience, along with learning highly sought-after business principles and best practices of world-class Design companies and manufacturers. Interested applicants must complete both the PDIP application, as well as the Vincennes University application. Please select the Product Design & Production Processes (8330) program on your VU application.  For more information about PDIP, please contact Audrey Kocher at AUDREY.KOCHER@VINU.EDU or 812.888.5461 


The Application Process:  Students interested in the PDIP program must apply using both the Vincennes University application and the PDIP application.  Depending on qualifications some students will be required to take the Accuplacer placement test (WWW.VINU.EDU/TESTING). Once accepted to Vincennes University, PDIP partners will review your application and determine which applicants meet the rigorous background requirements.  Next, a PDIP Partner will interview candidates and select students for the upcoming class.  (**We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024. For information regarding the application process, please call 812.888.5461). 

During the typical school year, PDIP students will attend Vincennes University four days a week (Monday-Thursday).  During the four days, PDIP students take Product Design & Production Processes courses as well as regular general education courses.  Students must maintain at least a "C" or higher in all classes.  Student success both in the classroom and at the workplace will be closely monitored. 

PDIP students can intern on Friday, Saturday, and /or Sunday. The goal is to allow the student approximately 8-16 hours a week of real-world experience as a designer.  Actual hours for interning will vary by company.  The company and the student will work closely to define those terms prior to starting the internship.

This hands-on approach of applying classroom knowledge immediately to on-the-job is one of the few programs where students learn while they earn valuable real-world experience and compensation.

Time Frame:  Once accepted into PDIP, students experience hands-on learning, attend VU courses, and real work experience for four semesters.  PDIP interns could work as much as 40 hours during summer break.  Some partners offer paid summer employment prior to starting VU classes.  The entire program lasts two school years or four semesters.  Example: students starting Fall 2024 are expected to graduate May 2026.  You may view the REQUIRED COURSES.  *Note, the sequence of courses may vary.

Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, lab, and fees at Vincennes University. Additionally, students must purchase a drafting tools kit that will be used during the program as well as in his/her career.  Students maintain ownership of the drafting tools. (Please check the VU website for current tuition rates and fees). Over the two years, students can earn as much as $20,000 in wages which can be used toward the student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid.


Vincennes University is currently working with major manufacturers who serve as internship partners.  Some students enter the PDIP wanting to partner with a company located near his/her hometown. Please list the name of the company which you desire to intern on your PDIP application.  The goal is to meet the skilled worker needs of Indiana companies and manufacturers.

Under the guidance of highly experienced administrators, faculty and staff members, Vincennes University students have the opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas of expertise such as: teaching, healthcare, computer programming, journalism, nursing, aviation, advanced manufacturing and technology. Through partnerships, VU graduates can continue their education toward a Bachelor’s degree at Purdue. 


Product Design & Production Processes skills are highly sought by many manufacturers and companies.  Students in PDIP will receive top notch training in school and gain work experience while working as an intern.  Over two years, each PDIP student can earn as much as $20,000 which could be used toward the student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid. The real-world work experience can be priceless!


Students in PDIP earn an Associate of Science through Vincennes University.  Upon successful completion of the program, PDIP graduates may qualify for a full-time position at many companies. PDIP graduates can continue their education to earn a BS at Vincennes University or a BS at Purdue Polytechnic.  Some PDIP partners offer full time employees a tuition assistance program which allows the completion of the BS degree with little or no costs.

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