Pay

What to pay a co-op or intern is a common question. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. Wages vary by field, industry, geographic location, and the student’s level of experience.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers publishes articles about compensation and an annual Guide to Compensation for Interns and Co-ops (purchase required).

For on-campus internships, pay rates range from $8.50-$14 per hour. Some departments hire work-study students to maximize their budget.

For co-op positions, the tables below show hourly pay rates for co-op positions as self-reported by University of Cincinnati students on co-op assignments in 2017-2018.

Hourly Wages by Co-op Major for Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2017-2018
Co-op Major Average Hourly Wage Number Reporting

Aerospace Engineering

$17.84

220

Architectural Engineering

$16.07

103

Biomedical Engineering

$16.93

256

Chemical Engineering

$19.49

449

Civil Engineering

$15.95

243

Computer Engineering

$18.40

258

Computer Science

$18.35

319

Construction Management

$16.42

190

Electrical Engineering

$18.78

314

Electrical Engineering Technology

$17.50

36

Environmental Engineering

$17.87

65

Mechanical Engineering

$18.16

613

Mechanical Engineering Technology

$17.31

219

Hourly Wages by Co-op Major for Information Technology, 2017-2018
Co-op Major Average Hourly Wage Number Reporting

Information Technology

$15.43

407

Hourly Wages by Co-op Major for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 2017-2018
Co-op Major Average Hourly Wage  Number Reporting

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

$15.85

199

Fashion Design

$14.37

190

Fine Arts - Art

$11.14

40

Communication Design

$16.29

238

Industrial Design

$16.41

281

Interior Design

$16.08

163

Master of Design

$20.91

11

Master Community Planning

$13.31

14

Master of Architecture

$18.39

113