As the global founder of cooperative education, UC houses the world’s third-largest co-op program where each year, students earn a collective $75 million annually working for about 1,300 international employers. The program allows UC students to sequentially alternate academic semesters with professional, paid work directly tied to their majors with employers like Apple, Boeing, Disney, Fisher Price, HBO, NASA, Nike, P&G, Toyota and hundreds more, including non-profits and start-ups too.
In this year’s rankings, UC’s experience-based co-ops and internships beat out similar programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
“Academic excellence is a priority for us. We take pride in seeing our rankings rise and our No. 3 ranking for co-ops and internships. We can be equally proud that UC is making academic gains and working even harder to foster student success while protecting affordability for our students and their families,” said UC President Neville Pinto.
And while co-op’s role in making today’s college experience more engaging and affordable is vital, the university’s Next Live Here strategic plan is also focusing on developing tomorrow’s co-ops, internships and related opportunities. These will provide forward-looking, competitive experiences to the next generation of students in the digital knowledge economy and expand work-integrated experiences to greater numbers of students.