Cooperative Education

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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.

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