Student Co-op Stories

The co-op program is successful because our students are successful. Students gain career perspective that can't be learned in a classroom while earning a paycheck. Discover what co-op has to offer you—directly from our students.

I came to UC to get real-world experience and it has not disappointed!"

Hannah Weiss Mechanical Engineering '22

Yulia Martinez '22

Major: Computer Science

“From software development to data science and analysis, I’ve had a really wide range of experience within the two companies. I participated in creating scripts that will be used well after my term and knowing that I’ve been able to help the business even after I leave [that] has been really rewarding. I’m going to go into my field really confident in my abilities thanks to these opportunities.”

Yulia's Co-op Resumé

Yulia headshot


  • Worldpay from FIS: Technology Continuous Improvement Intern and Technology Strategy + Communication Intern 
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation: Refining IT–Value Chain Optimization Intern  


I’ve been able to help the business even after I leave [that] has been really rewarding. I’m going to go into my field really confident in my abilities thanks to these opportunities.

Yulia Martinez Computer Science, '22

Craig Lair, '21

Major: Construction Management

“I wanted to take advantage of that hybrid between taking all the technical, business, and management classes, which is a combination that makes the UC construction management program unique. [And] my co-ops have done a good job setting me up to hit the ground running for my full-time job at Robins & Morton.”

Craig's Co-op Resumé

Craig headshot
  • Danis: Cincinnati
  • Pirtle Construction: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Robins & Morton: Miami, FL

Chloe Yeagley, '24

Major: Chemical Engineering

“In my time at UC, I have met so many people who I know will help me succeed in my personal and professional endeavors. I did my first co-op at DuBois Chemicals in the Cincinnati area as an Applications Engineer in Surface Finishing. It was a very hands-on experience and I gained so much knowledge about the company and how to work in a professional environment.”

Chloe's Co-op Resumé

Chloe headshot
  • DuBois Chemicals: Applications Engineer in Surface Finishing (Cincinnati)

Kathryn Jordan, '24

Major: Environmental Engineering

“Choosing to go to UC was one of the best decisions I have made! It has given me so many great opportunities and introduced me to my best friends. I just finished my first co-op with GE Appliances in Louisville, Kentucky. Co-op has been important because it has let me work with industry leaders and get real world, meaningful experience. It has also allowed me to explore what my different interests are and what career path I would like to take.”

Kathryn's Co-op Resumé

Kathryn headshot
  • GE Appliances (Louisville, KY)

Ryan Muir '20

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio

“My co-op experience at BASF has taught me an entirely new set of skills that simply can't be learned in a classroom. I feel twice as prepared to enter the workforce and know that companies recognize this fact too. In terms of experience and return on investment, there is no substitute for the co-op program at UC.”

Ryan's Co-op Resumé

Ryan Muir, chemical engineering class of 2020, on co-op at BASF corporation
  • BASF (Process Development Lab and Production Engineering): Cincinnati, Ohio


Hannah Weiss, '22

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Marion, OH

"Throughout my co-ops I’ve not only gained great experience, but I was also treated like a full engineer. My first co-op semester I worked on a set of quality documents that are now the standard at Cooper plants worldwide. I’ve also been able to travel with every company I’ve been with to different plants and suppliers. Both companies I’ve worked with have been great and helped with housing expenses. I came to UC to get real-world experience and it has not disappointed!"

Hannah's Co-op Resumé

Student in a shop holding a tire
  • Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (Corporate Quality): Findlay, OH
  • Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (Passenger Tire Development): Findlay, OH 
  • Honda East Liberty (Product Development): East Liberty, OH 

Sarah DePage '20

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Granville, Ohio

"I appreciate how co-op is integrated into our curriculum because it gives us real-world experience with industry and the interview process prior to graduation. At McWane Ductile, I was able to create engineering solutions to increase machine efficiency, safety, and performance in addition to being a part of lean manufacturing events. At Avery Dennison, I lead and facilitated continuous improvement events and cross-functional team projects by understanding the current state and creating sustainable solutions."

Sarah's Co-op Resumé

Sarah Depage in front of an Avery Dennison sign
  • McWane Ductile (Manufacturing Engineer Co-op) 
  • Avery Dennison (Enterprise Lean Sigma Co-op)
I appreciate how co-op is integrated into our curriculum because it gives us real-world experience with industry and the interview process prior to graduation.

Sarah DePage Biomedical Engineering, '20

Addison Gepfert '20

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

"I spent two rotations at Atricure on two different product teams. I worked on the cryogenic team and involved in meetings about the future direction the company can take—even as a co-op student. I was given the opportunity to travel to our Minnesota office with another co-op student to run and complete testing that was required for FDA and other regulatory body submissions. I was constantly collaborating with quality, manufacturing, labeling, and regulatory departments to ensure that our project could continue on schedule without any avoidable issues."

Addison's Co-op Resumé

Addison Gepfert posing with the Bearcat
  • Zimmer Biomet (Development Co-op Extremities): Warsaw, IN  
  • Atricure (Two rotations): Mason, OH

Alex Rodrigues, '20

Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Mason, Ohio

“Through the co-op program at UC, I have been able to apply the theory learned in lecture to actual mechanical design work in the real world. Having a paid professional experience adds a sense of seriousness and reality to your overall work environment. From an employer’s standpoint, they are more apt to fully utilizing your capabilities because you are on their payroll and are therefore held to a certain standard of providing outcomes and results for that company. Having a paid experience means a lot more cash in your pocket. Co-op has personally helped me a tremendous amount in funding my educational expenses."

Alex's Co-op Resumé

Student standing in the street
  • BHDP: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • CMTA Consulting Engineers: Washington D.C.  and Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Atelier Ten: New York City 

Lydia Breitenstein '20

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

"I lived in Vancouver, BC for a summer to work for RecycleSmart through the International Experience Program. RecycleSmart is a tech company that aims to make recycling more efficient and easier for large scale businesses while focusing on sustainability and saving money. I learned what it takes to run a new business, how to work professionally with people from around the world, and to think creatively about different ways to market their company. Aside from work, I love being outdoors so I was sure to include lots of hiking, mountain biking, wind surfing, and bungee jumping in my free time."

Lydia's Co-op Resumé

Lydia Breitenstein in front of a Recycle Smart logo on a desk
  • RBI Solar: Cincinnati, OH
  • EMCOR Services: Cincinnati, OH
  • RecycleSmart Canada: Vancouver, British Columbia

Benjamin Marquez '20

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Bethel, Ohio

“Although it was intimidating at first, moving away from home and stepping out of my comfort zone allowed for me to learn more about myself, as well as experience more during my co-op. Stepping into ongoing projects provided the challenge of not only learning about the project itself, but also to learn the skills required to contribute to it. You never truly know how the skills learned in class will be utilized until you step into the field and see them being used.”

Benjamin's Co-op Resumé

Benjamin Marquez, computer engineering class of 2020, his professional headshot (he is in a suit and is wearing stylish frames)
  • Marathon Petroleum (Network & Unified Communications): Findlay, Ohio
  • Marathon Petroleum (IT Security & Compliance): Findlay, Ohio
  • Siemens Corporation (Controls System Engineering): Mt. Vernon, Ohio


Ian Harty '20

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Canton, Ohio

“Growing up I always wanted to study engineering but also had aspirations to become an orthopedic surgeon. Through my Co-op at Ethicon I was able to work on medical devices that are shaping the future of surgery. It's great to have access to a program that allows you to expand your knowledge outside of the classroom but to also give me the opportunity to work on products that can improve someone's life by making surgery safer and faster for the patients and surgeons.”

Ian's Co-op Resumé

Ian Harty, biomedical engineering class of 2020 on co-op at Ethicon
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Blue Ash, OH: (Design Engineer Co-op)


It's great to have access to a program that allows you to expand your knowledge outside of the classroom but to also give me the opportunity to work on products that can improve someone's life.

Ian Harty, Biomedical Engineering '20

Lizzy William '20

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

“Co-op has allowed me to branch outside my comfort zone and explore business, engineering, and professionalism in ways a classroom could never teach me. I have gained confidence through asking questions and presenting ideas to co-workers, and learned valuable problem solving skills.”

Lizzy's Co-op Resumé

Lizzy Williams, environmental engineering class of 2020 on co-op at GE Aviation.
  • GE Aviation (EHS): Cincinnati, Ohio
  • GE Aviation Norwich (Infrastructure): Ronkonkoma, New York


Madison Alvarez '20

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio

"Through co-op, I have been able to live in three different cities within the past year. Each place I've moved has allowed me to explore different jobs and career possibilities as well as new parts of the United States; I have gained so much experience and have become a better person and professional because of it.”

Madison's Co-op Resumé

Madison Alvarez, environmental engineering class of 2020 on co-op at GE Aviation in Florida.
  • GE Aviation (Environmental Health and Safety): Jacksonville, Florida
  • GE Aviation (Environmental Health and Safety): Lynn, Massachusetts


Ty Bealer '21

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

“I have been able to continue to grow as an individual through my co-op experience. Co-op has opened my eyes to the possibilities that lie ahead. In my first rotation, I already learned an assortment in operations, manufacturing, and process engineering."

Ty's Co-op Resumé

Ty Bealer, chemical engineering class of 2021, posing in front of the Engineering Research Center as the sun sets.
  • BASF: Cincinnati, Ohio


Megan Naber '21

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Montgomery, Ohio

“Coming into college, I was worried about being overwhelmed by the different format of classes. However, the countless free resources that the university provides truly set me up for success and allowed me to not only achieve but exceed the goals I had set for myself academically. As a result, I have been able to receive my dream co-op opportunity."

Megan's Co-op Resumé

Megan Naber, environmental engineering class of 2021, hiking in the woods
  • GE Aviation: Evendale, Ohio
  • GE Aviation: Clearwater, FL
  • Greenacres Foundation: Cincinnati


Joey Cheff '21

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

“UC's engineering program has set me ahead of the curve in the job market. Because they get me on the job experience so early on in my academic career, I can really get a feel for what career path is for me before it's too late. The balance between academics and professional experience that UC's engineering program provides is impeccable."

Joey's Co-op Resumé

Joey Cheff, mechanical engineering class of 2021, pictured next to the large "Toyota" sign, which is where he co-ops.
  • Toyota: Georgetown, Kentucky


Pardlyida Mensah '20

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

“I have definitely gain a more mature perspective on what I want to do with my life after college through my Co-op experiences. I felt very prepared for my full time job after graduation."

Pardlyida's Co-op Resumé

Pardlyida Mensah, environmental engineering class of 2020, headshot
  • Procter & Gamble: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Toyota: Georgetown, Kentucky


Mohanad Maqbali '20

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Ibri, Oman

“I had the opportunity to work on things that interest me at DyStar. Everybody is friendly and kind. This makes me feel that I am not away from home. I learned a lot of professional and personal skills that helped me in my workplace and my life."

Mohanad's Co-op Resumé

Mohanad Maqbali, chemical engineering class of 2020, on his co-op assignment at DyStar, wearing safety glasses
  • DyStar: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Emerald Performance Materials: Cincinnati, Ohio


Sean Kane '20

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Avon, Ohio

“I worked with mechanical, electrical, and nuclear engineers to develop a remote camera option for one of our nuclear facilities. I learned about design, purchasing, security measures, development, and troubleshooting during my co-op rotation. I was able to learn a tremendous amount from working in a high-class facility with truly remarkable engineers."

Sean's Co-op Resumé

Sean Kane, electrical engineering class of 2020, pictured in front of the Idaho National Laboratory sign. There is snow on the ground.
  • Idaho National Laboratory (INL)