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 four important steps to get paid in a timely manner:

    • Email Kate Durso to express your interest in the Service-Learning Co-op program.
  2. SEARCH for employment with a nonprofit. You can do this in a few different ways:
    • Search for Service Learning Co-op positions in UC's career platform Handshake. If you are logged in, this link will take you directly to Service Learning Co-op positions. (If Handshake is new to you, see how to get started in Handshake.)
    • If you don't see anything in Handshake that matches your major or that you like, you can contact Paula. She may be able to help you find something outside Handshake.
    • You can secure an internship or co-op position with a nonprofit on your own.
    • Apply for one or more positions. Once you accept a position, then:
    • Email Kate Durso with the organization name and your approximate start and end dates, so you can start getting paid.


Headshot of Kate Durso

Kate Durso

Service-Learning Co-op Program Manager