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 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
|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|