Cooperative Educational Program

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 will expose you to a variety of experiences and is closely related to your field of study and career goals.

How does the Co-Op program work?

You 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. Visit ACAC to get started with a co-op or internship today!

How does the Co-Op benefit me?

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 your abilities and judgments
  • Earn money for financing education
  • Enhance better personal and team building skills
  • Develop a mature attitude towards assuming responsibility
  • Starting salary upon graduation is usually higher than those who have not participated in the co-op program

The UW-Platteville College of EMS Cooperative Education program offers co-op and internship opportunities for those pursuing engineering degrees in the following areas:

The following programs have different requirements for those seeking internships.

International Intership Opportunity

For information on international internship opportunities visit the Educational Abroad Office located in 111 Royce Hall.

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