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Co-op was invented at the University of Cincinnati in 1906. Now, over 100 years and 43 countries later, generations of students worldwide have followed our lead!

Today, UC's co-op program is listed among the nation's best in "US News & World Report" rankings.

This site has been designed to meet the needs of the important constituents of the co-op triad—the student, the employer and the university.

International Co-op

The International Co-op Program (ICP) provides exciting opportunities for UC students to learn a second language and gain international experience through an overseas co-op assignment. The University of Cincinnati is one of the few universities in the United States which offers such a program. The International Co-op Program was established in 1990. Since then, many companies and individuals have helped build a solid foundation to create opportunities for students to explore the global market.

International Co-op Programs are currently offered for German, Japanese and Spanish.


Co-op Aid Distribution

If you are going to co-op during the academic year, be sure that the Student Financial Aid Office is made aware of your plans in order to maximize your aid.


Division News

The ProPEL CEAS Fall 2015 Summary shares some of the student stories and relationships with employers.  Each semester, approximately 1000 engineering students venture beyond the confines of UC’s main campus. Our role in ProPEL is to assist in this exploratory process. This structured program (aka co-op) enables the students to start taking an active role in their professional development.  Read more ...

NEW! Communication Co-op Program

The Communication Co-op Program is an optional track available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (McMicken College of Arts and Sciences). Offered in partnership through the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.  Read more ...

Hire a Co-op

Our co-op program is carefully designed and tailored to meet the individual needs of employers and the educational goals of student participants. Hire a co-op now!



ProPEL is seeking student, alumni, and employer testimonials. Share your exceptional experiential learning stories with us!

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“cooperative education program gives students a real edge in the job market” ...

For the eighth year in a row, UC is praised as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review