Co-op: The Ultimate Scholarship

Students working on medical procedure

Enrollment in the SEEBME program is at an all time high. Students earn income that can help with tuition while gaining the solid experience that employers want. In this nationally-ranked program, you will be working in the leading industries of your field, performing cutting-edge research in state-of-of-the art labs. You will also have the ability to co-op internationally, either in industry or research, with fellow colleagues and leading scholars.

Cooperative education (Co-Op) is the practice of alternating students' studies with paid, professional work related to their major. The Co-Op schedule alternates quarters of full-time coursework with quarters of full-time professional practice at an off-site consulting firm, industry, or government laboratory. This cooperative system of education was begun in 1906 by Herman Schneider, the Dean of the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and was an immediate success and, with adoption at other schools, was often labeled "The Cincinnati Plan."

For the student, co-op education:

  • Combines practical experience with academic studies, thus theory and practice are more closely integrated and students find greater meaning in their classroom experiences.
  • Provides a smoother transition into career employment due to significant prior discipline-related work experience while still a student.
  • Assists in overall maturity: development and strengthening of resourcefulness, self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility. 
  • Stimulates faculty and student research through relationships with cooperating organizations.
  • Enhances learning, frequently providing students with access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
  • Provides a strong basis for pursuing employment opportunities after graduation.