What is Cooperative Education (co-op)?

The University of Cincinnati’s Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning’s co-op program connects students’ academic study to a series of meaningful professional experiences through alternating semesters of full-time, paid positions related to their major; it is a partnership among UC, employers, and students.

Key features of the Co-op Program:

  • Co-op students are available year round on a semester basis (typically 15–17 weeks), and complete 5 semesters of full-timework in their field before graduation
  • ProPEL provides a structured, turnkey system for employers to view résumés and portfolios, interview students, and extend offers directly to students
  • Students receive faculty-led instruction and advising in professional development, job search and selection, and reflection after each co-op experience
  • Supervisors can connect with a faculty advisor at any time throughout the semester
  • Employers provide feedback and complete an evaluation of the students’ on-the-job performance and workplace competencies
  • Students participate in more than 6,000 co-op and internship experiences annually, across the US and inter-nationally
  • UC is the birthplace of co-op; created the model for cooperative education in 1906
  • UC ProPEL is listed as a top-10 experiential program by U.S. News and World Report

Questions? Contact UC ProPEL for more information:

Phone: 513-556-4632 OR 513-556-6526