What is Co-op?
The Co-op program at the University of Cincinnati is a way for students to put their classroom knowledge to work, making their skill set more desirable to potential employers before graduation even rolls around. It allows students to get a taste for the different employment choices a student in a certain major can make upon leaving school.
About the Program
Co-op, or Co-operative Education program, puts students out into the field in their respective majors to develop workplace behavior skills, a sense of independence after college, and to increase experience in their field before graduation, to list a few. At Cincinnati, our program is one of the most robust in the country, a fact not surprising considering we invented it! Students love the experience obtained while in the program. 96% of College of Engineering seniors believed it provided a better educational experience then classroom study alone.
How it Works
Students who take part in the co-op program are enrolled in a year-round schedule that alternates classroom study with workplace experience every quarter. This allows for about a year and a half of job experience prior to graduation! Two sections are available to choose from depending on where and when the student will want to take a co-op job. Section I students will work in the winter and summer, and Section II students will be on co-op assignment in the autumn and spring quarters. A co-op faculty member assists the student in finding employment prior to their respective co-op quarters. While co-op may seem daunting to a new student at first, the knowledge and experience gained will be invaluable, coupled with the excitement of the possibility of discovering new areas of the country or even the world!
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