What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education (co-op) is one form of an experiential learning opportunity. Co-op is also a plan of education that actively combines classroom learning and on-the-job experience by alternating periods of study and work. The work period is spent in full-time employment with private industry or governmental agencies. The work assignment exposes the student to a variety of experiences and is closely related to his/her field of study and career goals.
How Does the Co-op Program Work?
Students with an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and that have completed 30 credits are eligible. Some employers have requested co-op students who have had particular course completion prior to the co-op experience. Other employers suggest multiple term co-ops. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Career Center works closely with the co-op program to assist students looking for positions. Go to the Career Center website to get started in a cooperative program today!
How Does Co-op Benefit the Student?
A co-op experience provides the opportunity to:
Confirm career choices
Apply classroom studies
Learn specialized engineering skills
Obtain valuable work experience, enhancing job opportunities after graduation
Gain confidence in one's own abilities and judgments
Earn money for financing education
Enhance better personal and team building skills
Develop mature attitudes toward assuming responsibility
Starting salary upon graduation is usually higher than those students who have not participated in the co-op program.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education program offers cooperative education (co-op) opportunities for students pursuing degrees in the following areas:
The computer science program has an internship program that is different from the EMS co-op program. For more information, contact the computer science and software engineering department.
International Internship Opportunity
For more information, visit the German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science and Engineering website.