Cooperative Education Program

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Cooperative Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is part of a nationwide university program that integrates career-related work experience with academic coursework. UW-Stout’s Cooperative Education Program is centrally coordinated through the Career Services office in cooperation with the academic departments of the university.​

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.

​​​​​​Basic Requirements for a 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


    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.