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 must be in good academic standing and have completed 30 credits to be 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 Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) works closely with the co-op program to assist students looking for positions. Go to the ACAC website to get started with a co-op or internship 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 College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS) Cooperative Education program offers co-op and internship opportunities for students pursuing engineering degrees in the following areas:
The following programs have different requirements for students seeking internships.
International Internship Opportunity
For more information, visit the Education Abroad Office located in 111 Royce Hall.