Working as a Co-op

How much will I make?

On average, students can earn $1,700 to $2,500 per month while on a co-op assignment. Each co-op employer sets the wage and pays the student. Just like salaries, co-op wages vary by field, industry, and level of experience. View typical hourly co-op wages.

Where will I work?

UC students co-op at more than 1,200 organizations in 40 states and a handful of foreign countries. Engineering co-op jobs tend to be in the Cincinnati Tristate area, while design students tend to go further afield. We encourage students to pursue the best learning opportunity regardless of geographic location.

While the University doesn’t assist with relocation or housing, the co-op employer is often able to help, and faculty advisors can sometimes connect students with alumni or other students in the local area. DAAP students can also take advantage of this web site created by DAAP Tribunal.

What's the co-op fee?

While on co-op, students pay a co-op fee instead of tuition tied to credit hours. The co-op fee is substantially less than the cost of full tuition.

Paying the fee allows you to maintain your full-time student status, which is important for keeping your financial aid and student health insurance.

When will my co-op work start and end?

Co-op is a full-time, year-round academic commitment. Students typically have the summer off following the first academic year, then they alternate co-op and academic semesters year-round with no break through graduation.

The co-op calendar mainly follows the academic calendar, but co-op terms are generally longer and extend across academic term breaks.

While on co-op, students typically observe the holiday schedule of the employer, not the university.

Co-op Employment Start and End Dates


Co-op Semester Starts

Co-op Semester Ends


Summer 2021 May 3, 2021 August 13, 2021 15 weeks
Fall 2021 August 16, 2021 December 17, 2021 18 weeks
Spring 2022 December 27, 2021 April 29, 2022
18 weeks
Summer 2022 May 2, 2022 August 12, 2022 15 weeks
Fall 2022 August 15, 2022 December 16, 2022 18 weeks
Spring 2023 December 26, 2022 April 28, 2023 18 weeks