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.
Project (or Gig) Work
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
Service Learning Co-op pays students to work on IT-related projects for local Cincinnati non-profits. Students can work for up to 80 hours and earn up to $1,000.
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.