Co-op Education


Career Development

WSU’s Career Development Center provides real-world experience to Shockers before graduation through our cooperative education and internship program. By participating in a co-op or internship, WSU students can have it all: a packed resume, college credit, professional connections, a paycheck — and in many cases, a job offer — putting them light-years ahead of the competition.

NAME Danielle McLean (photo top)
MAJOR Mechanical Engineering
HOMETOWN Tulsa, Oklahoma
CO-OP Spirit AeroSystems

Much like WSU, Oklahoma State’s engineering and technology career fair gives students opportunities to network with employers and distribute resumes. Wichita’s Spirit AeroSystems was one of many potential employers Danielle McLean visited. She received an interview and a job offer in less than an hour.

McLean gladly accepted Spirit’s offer to work as a stress engineer intern for the summer, aware that her internship could be extended into a co-op position, where she would receive tuition reimbursement while working for Spirit.

The prospect of receiving tuition reimbursement was enticing, and McLean was happy to relocate to Wichita.

“When I came to Wichita, I looked around and saw how many airports there were and airline companies,” said McLean. “There is just so much. So many jobs here. So many opportunities. This is a great place to get an education.”

McLean achieved her goal of securing a co-op job with Spirit and will finish her degree at Wichita State in spring 2018. She now works in materials and processes, a change that allows her to apply skills she developed from previous work experience at a metal finishing company in Tulsa.

Prominent employer partners

Below are just a few businesses and organizations that have opened their doors to shocker students:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Bombardier Learjet Aerospace
  • Case New Holland
  • Communities In Schools
  • Disney
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Ernst & Young
  • High Touch Technology Solutions
  • Integra Technologies
  • INTRUST Bank Arena
  • KSN TV
  • Koch Industries
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • NASA
  • NetApp
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Textron Aviation (Beechcraft/Cessna)
  • The Boeing Company
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Visit Wichita Convention + Visitors Bureau
  • Wichita Downtown Development Corporation
  • Wichita Police Department
  • Wichita Public Schools