2021 Co-op Report

During academic year 2020-2021, University of Cincinnati co-op maintained a high national ranking of #4 overall and #2 among public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

In this period, University of Cincinnati students participated in more than 6,000 co-op experiences, with collective earnings from paid co-op of more than $58 million.

Mandatory Co-op and COVID-19

The University of Cincinnati maintains full-time, mandatory co-op programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS); the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), and the School of Information Technology in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

For those programs:

  • Paid, full-time co-op in industry settings accounted for 76% of co-op experiences
  • 23% of co-ops consisted of professional development experiences through the Experiential Explorations Program (EEP) including digital upskilling, project-based work and Service-Learning co-op

Co-op Wages

Top Employers

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

  1. P&G
  2. Live Well Collaborative
  3. GBBN
  4. Kaleidoscope
  5. PlayMonster LLC

School of IT in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services

  1. Cincinnati Insurance Companies
  2. Kroger / 84.51º
  3. London Computer Systems
  4. Siemens PLM Software
  5. Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.
  6. FIS

College of Engineering and Applied Science

  1. Siemens PLM Software
  2. Messer Construction Company
  3. Kinetic Vision
  4. L3Harris FOS
  5. Honeywell Intelligrated

Top Employers Overall

  1. Siemens PLM Software
  2. Cincinnati Insurance Companies
  3. Kroger / 84.51º
  4. Kinetic Vision
  5. Messer Construction Company
  6. P&G
  7. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  8. GE Appliances, a Haier company
  9. L3Harris FOS
  10. Honeywell Intelligrated
  11. London Computer Systems
  12. General Electric
  13. Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  14. ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America
  15. Duke Energy

Co-op Innovation

As a Top 5 university co-op program in the country, the University of Cincinnati continued to lead the way in developing innovative ways for students to gain professional skills and enhance their resumes despite the COVID-19 global health crisis and resulting economic downturn. This unique suite of co-op and professional development activities embrace flexibility, diversity and creativity:

  • Service-Learning Co-op: 200+ co-op experiences
  • On-campus Co-op: 350+ co-op experiences
  • Digital Upskilling: 600+ co-op experiences
  • Remote and project-based work: 600+ co-op experiences
  • Virtual Innovation Studio: 160+ co-op experiences


  • The 2020-2021 year includes the Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
  • Data comes from the University of Cincinnati’s PAL (Professional Assessment and Learning) system.