The Cincinnati Co-op and Internship Plan is a regional approach designed to strengthen the ties between industry and academia in the southern part of Ohio within key industry clusters. Partnering with the Greater Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce and TechSolve, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, the College of Mount St. Joseph, Shawnee State University and Rio Grande Community College have pledged to develop almost 700 new co-op and internship positions. These positions will be within the most highly valued industries for Ohio and can provide scholarships to their students to help offset the costs associated with employing a co-op or intern.
This plan builds the talent supply for Southwest Ohio by using co-op and internships as educational on-boarding vehicles. It creates meaningful work-based learning experiences in key the industry clusters of: BioHealth, Finance, Insurance and IT, Advanced Energy, Consumer Products and Brand Development, Food Processing and Agriculture, and Advanced Manufacturing, Polymers, Automotive and Aerospace through the creation of new co-op and internship positions.
The plan further supports the development of co-op and internship opportunities by
a) continuously monitoring the development and needs of the industry clusters in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce,
b) using the databases of existing employer relations of each individual college,
c) arranging interview days together with the Chamber and TechSolve catering to their membership in specific industry clusters,
d) building a sufficient organization to handle co-op and internship oriented instruction in each individual college, and
e) incentivizing students and employers to the level of $1,500 scholarships for part time placements, and $3,000 dollars for full time placements.
The Cincinnati Co-op and Internship Plan is made possible by the generous funding of the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops Program.