You will take a “Co-op for CEAS” course your first year, which provides professional development, gives you access to the online database of employers, and prepares you through mock job interviews and resume building workshops.
On-campus career fairs. There is one per year specifically for Engineering & Applied Science students.
You can do research to find your own approved co-op experience.
The University database can match you with potential co-op employers.
Do I pay tuition to co-op?
No. You pay $465 co-op fee for that semester.
Where do Engineering & Applied Science students typically co-op?
More than 600 companies have hired co-op students from Engineering & Applied Science.
Students typically choose between research-based and industry-based experiences.
How do I get out of my housing contract?
If you do not co-op in the Cincinnati area, you do not have to pay for a residence hall room that semester. You are guaranteed the same residence hall when you return.
Many students who co-op in the Cincinnati area live in residence halls, or off-campus housing, or they commute from home.
How do I pay for housing in another city?
Most companies provide living arrangements or a housing stipend if your co-op is outside of the Cincinnati area. It is typically handled by the company in the offer negotiations. You should speak with your co-op adviser to better understand which companies are able to offer those resources.
How do I keep up with my classes?
Typically, students do not take classes during their co-op semesters. We encourage you to be fully focused on and dedicated to your co-op.
How much will I be paid?
It varies. However, most students make around $10,000 per semester, or $15-$25 per hour.
Some students are able to pay for a large chunk of their tuition and fees with their co-op earnings.
When will I do a co-op?
Starting your sophomore year, you will alternate between academic and co-op semesters for a total of five co-op experiences. After your first-year, summers are treated as full-length semesters.
You must stay at your first co-op for two semesters, then you can switch.
What if I have trouble?
The College of Engineering & Applied Science and the University of Cincinnati and the Experience-Based Learning Department have resources to assist you in finding and completing your co-op experiences.