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The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) is a comprehensive, six-week program, broken into three two-week units, that provides in-depth analysis of the functions and processes of co-op management. More importantly, it emphasizes practical applications of these competencies. MIP is held in the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This executive training facility offers business leaders and corporate teams a dynamic learning experience in a world-class environment.

The Management Internship Program Certificate (MIP) is earned by completing all three units (Unit A, Unit B, Unit C) and completing and presenting the results of a personal project that applies some of the MIP classroom experience to issues at your cooperative.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop understanding and skills across multiple functional areas within the co-op and an appreciation for how the work of each area impacts the functioning of the entire organization
  • Gain exposure to key roles and responsibilities associated with executive level leadership
  • Gain an appreciation for their leadership and management style, strengths and weaknesses
  • Foster a more strategic view of critical cooperative needs for delivering high value utilizing a comprehensive planning framework
Why Should You Attend this Program?

Group activities support the MIP network
Participants describe MIP's course content as high quality. But they stress even more how much they benefit from idea sharing and networking with their classmates from across the country. Thanks to comments like these, the agenda has been enriched with group activities that support the national MIP and cooperative network.

Projects let you apply learning
As a participant, you will have the chance to apply what you've learned in two projects: 1) a small-group project, and 2) an individual project. You will be able to complete the small group project while in Madison working with select colleagues. The individual project is completed at home and is designed to benefit you and your organization through the application of concepts and tools gained in the classroom. Results of both projects will be shared with the class.

Who Should Participate

New CEOs/general managers, CFOs, COOs, vice presidents, and others in, or aspiring to, a co-op senior leadership role.


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MIP Select incorporates select modules of the MIP at a scope and competency level that will help attendees develop important skills and abilities to lead them to success.

To learn more about the distinct characteristics of each program, please review this comparison chart (PDF).

Below are two examples where the MIP and MIP Select differ in scope and competency levels:


  • MIP: Strategic thinking and execution are both explored and developed in the MIP. Focus is placed not only on identifying and defining strategic initiatives but also on execution of those initiatives.

  • MIP Select: The strategy module will focus on change/risk management and implementation of strategy via daily operations and goals.


  • MIP: The focus is on power supply issues and approaches, including a full-day examination of the history of cooperative power supply, distributed energy resources, G&Ts, All Requirements Contract issues and risk as well as two other significant components — managing a power portfolio in a dynamic market and power supply for unaffiliated distributions systems.

  • MIP Select: This module concentrates on G&Ts and their role in the market, risks associated with supply and All Requirements Contract issues.

Where to Take this Program

All seminars are held at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, a state of the art facility built specifically for adult education, located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Looking to Earn Credit?

The Management Internship Program Certificate (MIP) is comprised of 189 CPE (Business Management & Organization). Learn more.





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Your organization will receive an invoice in the amount of $4,000 after you have completed each unit in Group 1, 2, or 3.

Registration fee includes training and training materials, breakfast every weekday morning, banquet, refreshment breaks and group photo.


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