Why should my student complete a Co-op?
- Several UW-Stout programs require Co-op as part of the graduation requirements to ensure students have obtained experience in their area of study prior to graduation ultimately increasing their employability.
- It’s a great way for students to “test the waters” to see if a potential career is a good fit.
- It helps students build their network of connections. Employers love to hire from within!
- Students gain a strong competitive edge for professional positions as a graduate; especially at the company where the Co-op was completed. Co-op is the number one recruitment strategy used to build a pipeline of talent.
How is Co-op different from an internship?
Several company internship positions do qualify for our Co-op program. We reserve the name Co-op for positions that meet the following requirements:
- Paid positions (Students are actual employees)
- 320 hours of work experience completed within one semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
- Position is related to area of study and approved by faculty mentor
- Co-op positions are typically full-time positions (32 hours per week or more) and professional in nature (Part-time is possible but not common)
- Co-op positions can take place during any semester or a combination of semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer). Many employers hire students for two semesters (Summer and Fall OR Spring and Summer) to increase their return on investment
- Co-op students working full-time (32 hours or more) are granted full-time student status
- Academic credit will be required of students who are hired for Co-op positions. Credits will range from 1-6 credits per semester and will be determined by their Co-op Faculty Mentor.
Resources to Help
- Students are encouraged to develop effective job searching strategies. Please see our Employment Guide
- UW-Stout receives hundreds of Co-op positions each year. Students can search positions approved for your major 24/7 in CareerLink
- Students can attend UW-Stout Career Conference and Networking Events – Learn More.
- Students are encouraged to participate in On-Campus Interviewing
For Employment to Begin
Spring Semester (January-May)
Summer Semester (May-August)
Fall Semester (September-December)
Career Services is also flexible to meet employer and student needs. UW-Stout Recruitment Calendar