Career Education

The University of Cincinnati has the oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world. We invented cooperative education in 1906; each year more than 7,500 students participate in paid work experiences, and our program ranks in the Top 5 nationwide.

But we're more than just co-op.

We're building on that foundation to make paid, supervised, major-related work experience integral to the education of every baccalaureate student. At the same time, we prepare students for the world of work with professional development courses, coaching and career services.

For students, this means graduating with a degree, a resume and a plan for your future.

For companies and organizations, this means a wealth of talent is available here and eager to work with you in a variety of traditional and non-traditional arrangements. We'll help you find what works best for you and continue to support you in a long-term relationship with the University.

Featured Stories

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The News Record: Students gain real-world experience at 'the...

September 23, 2022

The News Record, the university’s student-run newspaper, profiled UC's co-op program and spoke with two students and their experience with experience-based learning: Sarah Nunley, a third-year in DAAP and Kyle Cannon, a second-year student in CECH. Nunley is enjoying a co-op at Court Atkins Group, an architecture and design company in South Carolina and Cannon is working for 8451, a data analysis company in Cincinnati patented by Kroger in the IT industry.

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UC launches coast-to-coast co-op contest

June 14, 2022

Share a photo or short video (1-minute or less) of yourself at work telling us what you like about co-op on Instagram or LinkedIn during UC's first Coast-to-Coast Co-op Contest. We want to hear about the projects you’re working on, where you work, the people you work with, or other perks of the job.

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Latest News

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Could an energy audit save you money?

November 28, 2022

Architectural engineering students at the University of Cincinnati are helping community partners save on monthly utility bills through energy audits.

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UC undergrad finds success in publishing internship

November 7, 2022

UC undergraduate Mars Robinson understands as well as any the financial challenges that can face college students. A non-traditional student, Robinson took a break after high school graduation before entering UC’s College of Arts and Sciences to pursue an English major with an emphasis on creative writing. In the beginning, Robinson worked in a casino to pay tuition while she pursued her degree. The night work wasn’t compatible with her goals, she says, and she found herself mentally drained and struggling academically. Then, in 2021, she found an internship opportunity with the University of Cincinnati Press.

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UC team wins first place in international ‘hackathon’

November 7, 2022

Combining their knowledge of economics and computer science, a University of Cincinnati professor and student won first place in an international hackathon competition with their solution to counter inflation's harmful effects.

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