Cooperative Education (Co-op) at University of Wisconsin-Stout is an internship program that balances classroom theory with periods of practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. UW-Stout’s Co-op Program is centrally coordinated through the Career Services office in cooperation with the academic departments of the university. All degree seeking students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible for the Co-op program.
The Co-op program supports UW-Stout’s polytechnic designation by providing students the opportunity to experience an active and applied focus on learning in their professional field. The success of the Co-op program is based on a framework of collaborative partnerships between employers, students, and the university. Participating in Co-op is not about getting a job, but rather it is a programmatic approach to intellectual and professional growth and career success that demands continual learning and integration.
UW-Stout’s Co-op program started in 1982 and has grown to be one of the largest programs in the country. We currently enroll 1000+ students annually who work at 600+ employer sites. Our students are working across the USA in 35+ states and internationally.
Basic Requirements of a UW-Stout Co-op position:
- •Paid work experience (hourly/stipend)
- •Work a minimum of 320 total hours (per semester of enrollment)
- •Position is related to major and approved by faculty
- Positions are 320+ hours per term. Positions range from 8 weeks to 36 weeks.
- Co-ops are paid positions.
- Students do major related work within the guidelines of their academic program
- Co-ops are for academic credit and part of the student's official transcript