Flexible Workforce Solutions

In these unprecedented times, the University of Cincinnati is committed to serving as a resource for you and your organization as you face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly value your partnership and know that for many of you, engaging with students is a valuable recruitment tool that helps ensure an ongoing talent pipeline. We have compiled a list of resources and services which may help you as you consider how to meet your current and future workforce needs.

For several years, UC has been focusing on the Future of Work and preparing our students to be nimble, agile and adaptable. We hope that they continue to be a valuable resource for your organization now and in the future. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these resources and/or services, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

Remote Work

While remote work for a co-op or internship student is a fairly new concept, UC was already pioneering this work prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students are ready and willing to take on the challenge of working remotely. UC is distributing hardware and software to students so that they are prepared to meet the workforce needs of industry partners near and far.

Check out 7 Tips for Managing Remote Co-ops and Interns by UC's Todd Foley.

Learn best practices for managing students remotely.

Project Work and Micro Co-op

If you need immediate help on a current project but can't commit to a full semester of work for a student, then a "micro co-op" may suit your needs. Micro co-ops are short-term, paid, professional work assignments (or "gigs") usually consisting of five to 40 hours of work on a single project. UC has partnered with Parker Dewey to connect you with students from all majors at UC who are looking for project work.

Virtual Innovation Studio

We invite industry partners to submit proposals now for sticky real-world problems or challenges you're facing that UC students could tackle in two five-week sprints this summer.

In addressing the challenge, students will practice design thinking and work collaboratively with students from different disciplines - perhaps an engineer, a designer, a psychologist and a marketer, or another combination.

In the end, you'll get creative ideas and possible solutions to your problem, born of UC students' fresh perspectives and the interplay of different mindsets and content knowledge.

Sound interesting? Here's what we'll need from you:

  • An idea for a project or challenge that requires innovative solutions, that can be completed in three to five weeks and engage students from multiple majors
  • Clearly defined goals and desired outcomes (our team can help you with this)
  • A point of contact throughout the project
  • About two hours a week of your time to communicate with students and faculty or staff by email, phone or video conference for project updates, information requests, and the like
  • Participate in video conferences at project kick-off, midpoint review, and final presentation
  • Access to necessary creative assets, existing and sample collateral, documents, etc.
  • Permission for students to show project work in their portfolios and disclose project participation on resume and in future interviews

If you're interested or want to learn more, contact partnership development coordinator Brandon Prew.

Wage Assistance

Through UC's NEXT Apprenticeship Program, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can tap a continuous source of trained student talent while receiving up to $4,800 for each student hired.

In addition, through the SERVE-IT Solutions program, non-profit employers can hire students as apprentices for up to 80 hours and receive up to $1,000 per student to offset costs.

Recruit Virtually

Whether you are interested in hiring UC students for traditional co-op, remote work co-op, or project assignments, recruiting and interviewing students during a time of social distancing does not need to require additional effort on your part. We are available to assist with promoting your company and opportunities to our students and can help you schedule virtual interviews. For assistance scheduling virtual interviews, please contact Patti Carroll.

We are also exploring ways to virtually connect students and employers through web-based platforms and social media, and we would love to discuss any ideas you have. 

Who To Contact

If you would like additional information about any resources above, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. General questions can be directed to engagement@uc.edu. If you need to speak with a faculty co-op advisor regarding a current or upcoming co-op student placement, please see our directory of co-op advisors by major.