Service Learning Co-op

Earn up to $1,000 while gaining valuable work experience

Who It’s For

Service Learning Co-op is for any University of Cincinnati student, especially those who are:

  • Looking for their first internship, or
  • Aren’t sure what kind of work they want to try, or
  • Want to try a variety of roles, or
  • Want to see the impact of their work

How It Works

You accept a co-op or internship, or take on a short-term project, with a nonprofit organization. You get paid through a grant, so the work gets done at very low cost - or even no cost - to the nonprofit employer. It's a win-win!


Students who do a Service Learning Co-op:

  • Earn income to help pay for college tuition, books, meals, transportation
  • Gain transferable skills
  • Gain exposure to a variety of roles. Because nonprofits tend to work with a lean staff, you may find yourself wearing lots of hats, from marketing, fundraising, social media, event planning and communications to IT and operations management.
  • Get to see the impact of their work

Get Started

We appreciate your interest in "learning, serving, and earning" as part of the University of Cincinnati’s Service Learning Co-op Program. Due to several grants recently awarded to the university, students can be paid to work in the not-for-profit sector, earning $12.50 per hour, up to $1,000 for up to 80 hours.

You'll need to complete five important steps to get paid in a timely manner:

    • Apply for one or more positions. Once you accept a position, then:
    • Email Paula Harper again to let her know the organization for which you will be working and the approximate start and end dates for the position.
    • Register for Professor Michael Sharp’s online Internship Professional Development and Reflection course (INT 1000-001) for either summer 2020 or fall 2020.
    • Please choose the one-credit-hour option.
    • If you have taken an equivalent course (such as another section of INT 1000, PD1000 or something similar), you are not required to retake this course.


Headshot of Michael Sharp, Ed.D.

Michael Sharp, Ed.D.

Service Learning Director and Associate Professor