Get Valuable Work Experience While You’re Still in School

The Career Services Office is the place to start if you are looking for professional experience before you graduate. Cooperative opportunities (co-ops) and internships are available to undergraduate at UWM.

In a survey of May 2019 graduates, 93% of students who responded had participated in internships or co-ops. Many of them also participated in undergraduate research. Of the group that accepted full-time opportunities, 98% of them completed internships or co-ops.

Companies our student work for include:

  • Astronautics Corporation of America
  • CGC Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Johnson Controls
  • Magnetek
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Pentair
  • RA Smith
  • RW Baird
  • We Energies
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation

See recent employers who have hired UWM engineering students as interns.

The primary difference between a co-op and an internship is that a co-op involves a commitment of at least three terms, and you’re eligible to receive one credit for each term enrolled.

Co-operative Education

Co-ops provide in-depth experience in a professional environment, providing valuable insight into your potential career. Co-ops help improve interpersonal skills, test judgment and develop maturity while tackling responsibilities and learning to work efficiently under pressure. Credits may assist in fulfilling technical electives, and the pay can help fund your tuition. Additionally, co-op students maintain full-time student standing.


Being an intern means committing to professional work experiences full-time during summer and/or part-time during the semester. It’s a fantastic opportunity to begin your network of expert contacts who can help when you’re looking for a permanent job. You’ll develop a greater understanding the work requirement in a supportive environment. During an internship, you do not receive academic credit toward your graduation, but the experience will stand out on your resume.

Read more about Co-op & Internship for Students.

Co-op/Internship Forms

Visit Career Services

The Career Services office is the first place to go to find out if an internship or co-op is right for you and to get the materials you’ll need to apply. Contact us to make an appointment.