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Where Will You Co-op?

Interested in a specific engineering role? A job in a niche field? A specific locale? Our co-op faculty will help you make the best match possible by aligning your interests and abilities with available co-op sites.

Co-op teaches students to work on a team in a variety of environments and how to effectively apply classroom knowledge in problem-solving. Students develop marketable skills for future employers and qualify for more responsibilities in career assignments after graduation. Companies like to hire graduates who will acclimate quickly—those who are already familiar with the working environment and understand the corporate culture.


Our students co-op with over 600 businesses, industries, research organizations, and governmental agencies located around the world. Due to Cincinnati’s community ties, the heaviest concentration of assignments tends to be in the Midwest. Previous co-op employers include:

  • Apple
  • AtriCure
  • Boston Scientific
  • BASF
  • Dow
  • General Electric
  • NASA
  • Procter & Gamble
  • SpaceX
  • Toyota
  • Tesla
  • Walt Disney Company


Headed to medical school or graduate school? Planning a career in research? Alternating classroom study with real, professional lab work can rapidly advance your development. A University of Cincinnati research co-op allows you to work side-by-side with PhDs, MDs and graduate students – learning, earning, discovering and presenting your findings before you earn your bachelor’s.

Research Co-op Labs

Our research co-op students join teams conducting significant, peer-reviewed research in corporate, university and government labs across the globe. Labs include:

  • NASA
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Research Co-op at the College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Work side-by-side with leading experts
  • Publish in scientific and government journals
  • Graduate with a bachelor’s of science and a year and a half of work experience
  • Opt for dual admission with the College of Medicine
  • Earn $25,000+


We offer a program with an international option that enables students to co-op abroad in great countries like Japan and Germany. With this program, engineers can complete the same 5-year curriculum and gain valuable experience in the global marketplace. Learn more about International Co-op!