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 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.

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