Cooperative Education Program

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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

UW-Stout Co-ops:

  • 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


    Josh Carr - B.S. Construction
    Josh Carr - B.S. Construction

    This Co-op proved that I am extremely eager to join the construction industry. I strived every day to work as hard as I could and learn as much as possible during my Co-op. I learned the skills needed to be a successful project engineer/manager. After graduation, I will continue to work as a Project Engineer for Kraus Anderson.