At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it. This gives Shockers in every major the chance to work for employers in their areas of interest—gaining practical experience, a professional network, college credit and even a paycheck, all while still in school.

Beyond the classroom, beyond the campus

Thanks to our location in Kansas' largest city, Wichita State removes the barrier between classroom and applied learning in ways others can't. Our vast partnerships in virtually every industry provide students with diverse opportunities to train like professionals—while still in school.

Applied learning for current students

The Wichita State Career Development Center is the go-to resource for virtually all of your employment-related needs. From help discovering—and landing—your dream career to virtually limitless cooperative education and internship opportunities, it offers a wide range of career tools focused on your success beyond the classroom.

Find your dream career.

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Exploring engineering campus as a kid helped Melissa Rocha realize her passion for biomedical engineering and set her on a path to model the way for kids like herself.

Applied learning success stories  

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Applied learning impact

Students earned $4.9 million in wages in 2017-18
Co-ops and internships at 500 employers
1102 students worked 373,000 hours outside the classroom
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Opportunities for employers


Wichita State is always on the lookout for new and innovative partnerships that benefit students, industry and the community. From providing internships for our students to conducting research on our campus, Wichita State has the people, resources and opportunities to help your organization achieve new heights.