Steps to follow if you are interested in obtaining an engineering co-op or internship:

  1. Attend the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS) Cooperative Education (co-op) Informational Meeting. (Click on upcoming events for date and location of this meeting) NOTE: Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) staff will be attending to assist with questions.
  2. If you cannot attend the informational meeting, stop by 149 Ottensman Hall for information.
  3. Make an appointment with the ACAC staff to review/create your résumé, discuss interview techniques, and/or schedule a mock interview (608.342.1183).
  4. After you have met with an ACAC staff member, you will register in UW-Pioneer Career Network (PCN):
    • Student Profile
    • Résumé
    • References (three are recommended)
    • You must indicate if you are "Seeking an EMS Co-op Position" (only engineering students) and what semester under "Additional Information” in your PCN profile.
  5. Once you have registered in PCN, you will not be active for a co-op position until your status is approved by the College of EMS Student Services Office, 149 Ottensman. Please allow two to three days for approval and access. You do not need approval from the College of EMS Student Services Office to seek an internship.
  6. Review and apply for co-op positions in your area of study on the PCN. Read position descriptions carefully. Apply only to those positions where you meet the qualifications.
  7. Check Daily:
    • PCN for communications from employers and/or new job postings
    • Co-op and major Department’s Bulletin Boards for new possibilities
    • UW-Platteville e-mail accounts – If you do not use your UW-Platteville email account as your primary source, you will need to make sure that it will roll over.
  8. Scheduling of interviews:
    • If selected by an employer on PCN, sign up for an interview time.
  9. Homework:
    • Review literature on employers/companies located in ACAC.
    • Review websites on employers/companies.
    • Check calendar for events.  We strongly suggest if interviewing with an employer and they are having an Employer Information Session, that you attend.  Employers usually speak about company (general information) during this time, and not during the interview.
    • Establish your list of interview questions.
  10. Interview:
    • Double Check:
      • Date
      • Time
      • Location
      • Cancellation and No Show Policy
    • Appropriately dressed
    • Bring extra résumés, unofficial copies of transcripts, and references
    • Bring your interview questions
    • Collect business cards from interviewer(s)
  11. After Interview:
    • Send or e-mail a formal/professional "thank you" letter to each interviewer within 24 hours
    • Watch e-mails for communications from companies (be sure to respond)
  12. Second Interviews:
    • On-site interviews as required
      • Be sure to ask for proper dress
      • Bring interview questions (This could be a new set of questions.)
      • Bring copies of résumés, unofficial copies of transcripts, and references (approximately 6 of each)
    • Collect business cards for "thank you" letters
    • Send or e-mail formal/professional "thank you" letters
  13. Accepting a Position:
    • If you have any questions about accepting a co-op position, see Melissa Anderson in the Student Services Office, 149 Ottensman Hall.
    • Obtain an official offer letter from the company with the following information included, but not limited to:
      • Approximate begin and end dates, i.e., approximately January 4th through August 31, 2016
      • Hours per week
      • Brief job description
      • Immediate supervisor, if known
    • Attend one of the co-op pre-registration sessions (emails sent to engineering majors approximately two weeks prior to the first pre-registration date)
  14. Required Assignments will be posted in D2L
  15. Check UW-Platteville email regularly
  17. NOTE:  If for any reason or circumstance arises and you need to leave your co-op position early:
    • Contact the Cooperative Education Office to discuss and receive assistance
    • Speak with immediate supervisor
    • Speak with company's human resource person

Do co-op, have fun! If you have any problems or questions, please contact us.

NOTE:  Check on your personal medical insurance to determine if you have coverage while on co-op.  You may wish to check with your parent(s), your co-op employer (to see if they provide coverage), or with Student Health Services, Royce Hall, about the private health care insurance available through UW-Platteville.

If you obtain an international co-op, there may be additional requirements. Speak with Melissa Anderson, 149 Ottensman Hall, and also someone in the Education Abroad Office, Royce Hall.


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