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:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Environmental Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Software Engineering
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.