COVID-19 EEP Guidelines
The COVID-19 Experiential Explorations Program (EEP) was designed with students at the forefront to ensure meaningful, transcribed experiences that align with professional pursuits. The COVID-19 Experiential Explorations Program (EEP) opportunities were developed as an emergency measure to combat the co-op vacancies which erupted from the COVID-19 pandemic. They represent a suite of unique work-integrated learning and professional development activities that embrace flexibility, diversity and creativity.
All co-op students are permitted to engage in an EEP throughout the course of an academic term. The EEP must provide students with the opportunity to grow professionally through a variety of experiential learning options. Experiences should enhance student knowledge of their chosen field and/or provide an opportunity to expand their knowledge with skills that contribute to professional marketability upon graduation. Funding for credentialing and training may be available.
- The EEP must consists of at least 250 hours of experiential learning.
- Experience may be paid or unpaid.
- Examples of acceptable EEPs are trainings, projects, student competitions, credentialing (which may be classroom-structured or virtual/online), leadership development experiences, upskilling, project-based opportunities, undergraduate research projects which align with colleges’ strategies and priorities, entrepreneurship projects, part-time employment, creative competitions and service learning. Other opportunities which faculty co-op advisors deem acceptable are also permitted.
- Multiple experiences can be joined together to fulfill requirements.
- Academic courses are not acceptable as EEP experiences.
- Should a student choose to pursue an apprenticeship program, the apprenticeship program must have a RAP or IRAP designation.
- Students should have a mentor/supervisor with discipline-specific knowledge who can provide feedback on their experience(s).
- Reflection is a required critical component which must be utilized in the learning experience.
- The experience should be initiated by the student and must be approved by the appropriate faculty co-op advisor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education.
- EEPs will serve as a substitution for cooperative education as needed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Students must identify and propose a final deliverable that adequately demonstrates their increased proficiency and learning which maps to their long-term career plan.
- Notifies co-op faculty advisor of their planned experience
- Records EEP in PAL database
- Confirms EEP is registered on Catalyst
- Completes the EEP experience
- Completes the required student report
- Meets (virtually or face to face) with faculty co-op advisor in the returning semester for reflection and assessment
- Discusses job change/return confirmation with faculty
- Approves the student’s request to complete EEP experience as substitute for co-op
- Establishes student’s unique individual requirements and processes
- Confirms student is placed in EEP position in PAL
- Solicits employer/mentor feedback via PAL where appropriate
- Communicates with student upon return for reflection and assessment
- Advises student regarding reassignment to co-op position or discusses steps to plan for next work experience
- Awards grade for EEP experience
- Note: EEPs are repeatable through 21SS
How to Place Yourself in an EEP in PAL
Students are now able to place themselves in the Upskilling and Project-based Work EEP.
Students can find the job in PAL by searching for the term “Upskilling” or the job ID #JCC9EA66C.
Please consider this EEP as a job opportunity. You can select this EEP now, and if you later get a full-time co-op job, your co-op advisor can easily unplace you in PAL and have you placed in the co-op instead.
Steps for students to place themselves
- Log into PAL
- Click on the link, “I’ve Accepted a Position”
- Select appropriate term (Fall 2020)
- In the search box, type “Upskilling” or use the Job ID # JCC9EA66C
- Under the Supervisor dropdown, select the appropriate EEP supervisor:
- DAAP: Hilary Lewallen
- CEAS Comp E, CS, EE/EET, BME & CECH IT majors: Samantha Groh
- All other CEAS majors: Kim Demko
- In Position Information, use the following options:
- Check the box, “Unpaid experience such as…”
- Do not alter the start and end dates
- Select Position location for only the “University of Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 45221”
- Answer the final Co-op Additional Information questions
- Click on the Submit Button