Micro co-ops (also known as project-based internships, gig work, or freelancing) are short-term placements with an employer, generally with a maximum duration of 30 days, which commonly focus on the completion of a short, clearly defined project created by the host organization.
Because placements are shorter than a traditional co-op, micro co-ops offer a level of convenience and accessibility to students from all academic programs.
Students from any major can browse the offerings on Parker Dewey, UC's preferred platform for connecting students and employers for project work.
Service Learning Co-op
The Service Learning Co-op program connects local Cincinnati non-profits with students to work on IT-related projects up to 80 hours. Students can earn up to $1,000.
Virtual Innovation Studio Experience
A Virtual Innovation Studio experience allows students to earn Experiential Explorations Program (EEP) credit by completing a five-week, faculty-led innovation sprint on a project in collaboration with an industry partner.
Projects will engage students working in cross-disciplinary teams on employer projects that generate new knowledge, identify new opportunities, explore new creative concepts, or make speculative predictions about the future. Projects will be completed during a five-week sprint session where students are expected to spend approximately 25 hours per week on the project (125 hours total over five weeks).
Participating gives students a unique opportunity to experience collaborating remotely on a cross-disciplinary project while flexing into stretch roles within and outside their traditional discipline. Students will be permitted to show all project work in their portfolios and disclose project participation on resume and in future interviews.
Sessions start on May 11 and June 29.
UC Forward Co-LABs
Through UC Forward Faculty Collaboratives (Co-LABs), students will work in interdisciplinary teams with other students, experts and outside collaborators in faculty-led projects to come up with ways to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world around us. Students will contribute their various skills and experience and benefit from faculty mentorship.
Log into Handshake and search for "UC Forward co-LAB" to find co-LAB opportunities and apply online within Handshake. Check back periodically, as more projects will be added over time with varying start times and durations. Current projects for summer 2020 so far include working on Zero Hunger/Zero Waste. Co-LAB opportunities are open to all students through a competitive application.
Students participate in teams to solve critical problems for industry and community partners. More information coming soon.