How to get involved:

Cooperative Education and Internships provide WSU students the opportunity to gain real-world, professional work experience related to their major. This allows students to connect their academic coursework with the professional world. Opportunities vary in length from one semester to multiple semesters and may be paid or unpaid.

Academic Credit and Zero Credit options are available. (Zero Credit may receive a transcript notation.)

Local and National Employers vary in size from under 50 employees to the "big guys" with several thousand employees. Our employers cover a variety of industries, from big accounting firms and aircraft companies to smaller, nonprofit organizations. Employers work with most majors at WSU and are located in Wichita and across the country.

Steps to get started:

Step 1:

The Co-op & Internship Program requires students to meet certain academic standards set by each college.

Barton School of Business
  • Contact Barton School Advising
  • *Graduate students* please get in touch with the Shocker Career Accelerator by calling (316) 978-3688 or email
College of Applied Studies
  • Teacher education candidates participating in a co-op or internship with USD 259 should contact the Shocker Career Accelerator for enrollment in a zero-credit course—call (316) 978-3688 or email
  • All other College of Applied Studies majors should contact their instructor of record or advisor.
College of Engineering

Contact your department chair or academic advisor.

College of Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design Majors should contact
  • All other College of Fine Arts students should contact their instructor of record or Fine Arts Advising Office at, (316) 978-6634, or visit McKnight, room 319.
College of Health Professions

Contact your department chair or academic advisor.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

**For F1 Visa Students Only**

Obtain the Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Learn more here >>

Step 2:

Activate your profile on Handshake ( Use your email address and password to log in.

Step 3:

Call (316) 978-3688 for a job search appointment with a Shocker Career Accelerator staff member. Book an appointment here >>

Step 4:

On Handshake, you can view employers, apply for co-op/internships, see upcoming career events, and more!


Example Positions and Sample Employers

Barton School of Business


Example Positions
  • Appraisal Assistant
  • Audit Intern
  • Financial Analyst
  • Grant Management Intern
  • Human Resources Intern
  • Marketing Research Assistant
  • Purchasing Intern
  • Recruiting Assistant
  • Special Events Assistant
  • Tax Associate
Sample Employers
  • AGH
  • AgVantis, Inc.
  • BKD, LLP
  • Consolidated Electric Distributors
  • Edward Jones
  • Ernst & Young
  • Koch Industries, Inc.
  • KCOE Isom
  • McCurdy Auction
College of Applied Studies

Example Positions
  • Paraeducator/Teaching Assistant
    • Math
    • Reading/Language Arts
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Foreign Language
    • Technology
    • Intervention Tutor
  • Sport Site Supervisor
  • Fitness Assistant
Sample Employers

School of Education Sample Employers:

  • Andover Public Schools
  • Maize Public Schools
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • WSU Child Development Center

Exercise Science and Sport Management Sample Employers:

  • Intrust Bank Arena
  • PGA
  • Kansas City Chief  
  • Wichita Wind Surge
  • WSU Athletics
  • YMCA
College of Engineering

Example Positions
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Intern
  • Networking
  • Operations Analyst
  • Quality Engineer
  • Software Development
  • Test Engineer
Sample Employers
  • Airbus
  • Bombardier Learjet
  • Building Controls & Services
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Evergy
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NetApp
  • NIAR
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Textron Aviation
College of Fine Arts
Example Positions
  • Anchor/Reporter
  • Art Teacher
  • Integrated Marketing Communications Intern
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Graphic Design Intern
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Music Teacher
  • Production Assistant Intern
  • Set Design Intern
  • Stage Crew Assistant
  • Video Editing Intern
  • Web Developer
Sample Employers
  • Cotillion
  • Disney
  • Envision, Inc.
  • Gardner Design
  • Greteman Group
  • GoCreate
  • Hobby Lobby Inc
  • ICT - SOS
  • Justin McClure Creative
  • Kansas African American Museum
  • Kansas Humane Society
  • KMUW 89.1 Wichita Public Radio
  • KWCH Channel 12
  • Kids in Training
  • Mamarazzi Communications
  • Mark Arts
  • Mathur Media Group
  • Sedgwick County Arts Department
  • Sedgwick County Zoo
  • ShockStarter
  • Signal Theory
  • Ulrich Museum
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Wichita Symphony Orchestra
College of Health Professions


Example Positions
  • Medical Lab Scientist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Audiologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sample Employers
  • Advanced and Preferred Physical Therapy
  • Ascension Medical Group
  • EmberHope Youthville
  • Good Shepherd Hospice
  • HaysMed
  • Heartspring
  • Kansas Health Science Center
  • Key Rehabilitation
  • Legend Senior Living
  • Newton Medical Center
  • Pratt Regional Medical Center
  • PT Solutions Physical Therapy
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Rainbows United, Inc.
  • RehabVisions
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • Sedgwick County Health Department
  • Select Medical
  • Streck Laboratories
  • Upstream Rehabilitation
  • Walgreens
  • Wesley Medical Center
  • Wichita Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Example Positions
  • Community Living Trainer
  • Community Support Worker
  • Corrections Worker
  • Court Room Monitor
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Investigative Intern
  • Lab Specialist
  • Legal Courier
  • Market Research Assistant
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Relations Intern
  • Special Events & Communication Intern
  • Youth Care Worker
Sample Employers
  • City of Wichita
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Intrust Bank Arena
  • KAKE Channel 10
  • Kansas Humane Society
  • KWCH Channel 12
  • Mental Health Association
  • Mid-America Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Pando Initiative
  • Salvation Army
  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Wichita Police Department