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.

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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.

UC student finds purpose helping community through service...

September 23, 2022

Last summer, Molly McKee spent her days fulfilling her goal to work in community service. She combined her drive towards bettering the community with her co-op requirement in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences through a co-op position with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A fourth-year student, McKee is double majoring in political science and International affairs, with a minor in Spanish. Having discovered the service learning co-op option through UC’s honors program, McKee landed a position as an outreach center programs associate position at St. Vincent de Paul. For her, the experience was transformational.

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