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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


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!


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+

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)

Work under the guidance of UC CEAS faculty researchers. $15/hour, 40 hours/week, for 15 weeks ($9,000 total) to support research in any engineering field. Application Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020

Application Process & Requirements

Apply for the Fellowship in PAL. Note that the application requires that you:

  • Specify three (3) CEAS faculty with whom you would be interested in working with. To identify faculty, use:
  • Provide the contact information of two (2) previous co-op supervisors willing to serve as a reference.
  • Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications in mid-December 2020.
Application Eligibility
  • Enrollment at UC during Fall 2020 semester in a program leading to an undergraduate degree awarded by CEAS
  • Certified eligible to co-op
  • Minimum of two (2) previous co-op experiences by Spring 2021
  • UC cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Prior participation in the CEAS Protégé program is encouraged but not required
Student Outcomes

Student applicants will benefit from their participation in this program in several ways, including:

  • Financial compensation at a very competitive level.
  • The building of a research pathway to graduate program admission, especially in UC CEAS programs.
  • The building of a research pathway to a potential capstone project.
  • Publishing of results in the Scholar@UC research repository and elsewhere.

For more information about the fellowship

Contact Dr. Gautam Pillay, Associate Dean for Research, or 513-556-4163.