Cooperative Education and Internship Program

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Basic Requirements for our Cooperative Education and Internship position:

  • 8 - week (minimum) work experience
  • Job duties/responsibilities related to student's area of study
  • Co-op and Internship courses are taken for academic credit during Fall, Spring and/or Summer term(s) (single and multiple term experiences approved)
  • Logistics of position determines student course enrollment track
  Co-op Track Field Experience Track
Typical Industry Partners

For Profit Companies

Nonprofit Organizations

Type of Payment Paid Employment

Paid or Unpaid

Required Hours

(per week)

32 hours per week (min)

(full-time student status awarded)

Hours per week will vary


Required Hours

(per semester)

320 hours (min) per semester 80 hours (min) per semester

University of Wisconsin Stout's Cooperative Education and Internship Program (Co-op and Internship Program) balances classroom theory with periods of practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation.  Our Co-op and Internship 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 and Internship Program.

Experiential Learning Co-Op at UW-Stout: Get paid to do what you love. / UW-Stout

The Co-op and Internship 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 and Internship Program is based on a framework of collaborative partnerships between employers, students, and the university. Participating in in a co-op or internship is not all 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.  Starting Fall 2020, we will be expanding our program to include a variety of positions including paid and unpaid positions with a wider variety of hour requirements which will improve employer access to programs connected to our government and non-profit sectors.  We currently enroll 1000+ students annually who work at 600+ employer sites. Our students are working across the USA in 35+ states and internationally.

Co-op and Internship Student Testimonials
Danielle Komro - Graphic Communications

The seven months I spent at Japs-Olson was the best learning experience I could have received. I am very grateful for the Co-op requirement UW-Stout has in place. If it wasn't for this experience, I would not have discovered my true passion.  

Jessica DuVal - Applied Science

This co-op allowed me to gain confidence in new laboratory techniques, network with researchers and other undergraduate students from across the country and gain experience in presenting research findings in a professional setting. I amplified intangible skills such as laboratory etiquette, listening and engaging in scientific discussions, and working well on a team that had many different levels of knowledge and education. 

Drake Gadbois - Packaging


The experience alone was something I will always cherish. To be able to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply that to real world applications was something that really drove me to succeed at this internship.

Rana Pluemer - Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management / UW-Stout

Beyond the technical skills required for the job, during my Co-op at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, I learned that I am capable of persevering. I learned that I am capable of being independent, and I am strong enough to face anything that comes my way.

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.

Bri Hanne
Brianna Hanne - Food Systems Technology

I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for Buffalo Wild Wings Culinary Innovation team. I am looking forward to graduating because I am very confident and excited to use what I have learned at UW-Stout along with the experiences and skills I have learned from the professionals at Buffalo Wild Wing – Headquarters.  

Kyle Lindberg - Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

During my Co-op, I gained an incredible amount of knowledge in the hospitality industry but more importantly, I grew my leadership skills, built confidence in myself, and know that I am prepared for a future in this industry. I know the lessons learned in this Co-op will stick with me forever and Kahler Hospitality will always hold a special place in my heart. I am very thankful for this experience and I am now ready to begin my career in hospitality. 

Taylor Poss - Packaging

It seems impossible to tell you how much I learned in my time at Pepsico. Going into this experience I had no idea what to expect. What I learned during my two years in the packing program prior to this co-op does not even compare to what I retained in the 6 months I spend at Pepsico. There is nothing like throwing yourself into a business. They tossed me into the hustle of Quaker packaging from day one, thankfully I could swim.