Employer Co-op Information

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Benefits of hosting a Co-op Student

  • Trained, motivated workers
  • Employees with special skills for projects
  • Qualified employees to meet needs for increased business or seasonal demands
  • Improved access to special populations
  • Develop a pool of qualified candidates building a pipeline to potential professional employees
  • Decreased cost of recruitment and training
  • Improved employee retention
  • Exposure to a talented pool of students who are eager and ready to learn while bringing, enthusiasm, fresh perspectives, energy and value into the company

Responsibility of the Co-op Employer

  • Provide a supervised work experience related to a program offered by UW-Stout
  • Provide a position description relating to the program showing types of learning experiences and responsibilities. UW-Stout faculty mentors must approve the position for college credit. While the description can be brief, some specifics are very helpful
  • Select student employees through interviews or by evaluating applications
  • Communicate with student regarding work schedules, supervision, safety regulations, appearance, personnel policies and other procedures
  • Supervise and evaluate work performance of co-op student
  • Communicate with university mentors and co-op staff for purposes of evaluation and program improvement, or in the case of dissatisfaction with student performance
  • Provide a work environment free from discrimination and harassment
  • Provide a safe work environment


Cooperative Education is a paid work experience. Salaries should be fair, competitive and commensurate with wages paid full-time employees for similar assignments with consideration for training and experience. Optional benefits are determined by the employer.

UW-Stout Data - Cooperative Education Annual Report

WI Employers - Co-op student wages are considered excluded for Unemployment Insurance purposes if the student is registered for academic credit through the University. Refer to Wisconsin State Unemployment Insurance Statute 108.02(15)j1 at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov/, or call the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance: Tax and Accounting Department at 608-261-6700.


Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student. A number of employers provide assistance, which may be an attractive benefit to applicants.

Hiring International Students

All degree-seeking international students with an F-1 Visa status are eligible for the Co-op program. The Office of International Education (OIE) at University of Wisconsin - Stout has been granted authorization by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for students in F-1 status.

International student employees hired by an employer will provide CPT, (on page 2 of SEVIS Form I-20) documentation stating their eligibility for the approved work period. CPT authorizations are location and date specific. International students in F-1 status, when employed on CPT assignment, are not required to obtain additional or separate work authorization. International Reform and Control Act requirements apply when hiring international students.

For more information, please refer to General Resources I-9 Central available at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/foreign-students-and-scholar

Recruitment Timeline

For Employment to Begin

Start Recruiting

Spring Semester (January-May)
Summer Semester (May-August)


Fall Semester (September-December)


Career Services is also flexible to meet employer and student needs.  Recruitment Calendar


Get Started – Post a Co-op Position

To post a Co-op, please fill out and submit this » Cooperative Education Program Position Description form. Once submitted, the position will be reviewed by faculty for approval. Once approved, you will be notified via e-mail.