School of Architecture and Interior Design Cooperative Education Frequently Asked Questions



How is co-op different than an academic internship?

Co-op is a full-time, paid position that lasts a full semester term. In addition to providing services for their employers, students are required to set learning objectives and complete small projects to enhance the learning experience.

How do I find a co-op position?

Each academic program has a dedicated professional practice advisor who meets with each student prior to the co-op search. The university has a database of employers who usually hire co-op students, and students will choose a predetermined number of those companies to be referred to by the professional practice office.

Can I approach any architecture company about a co-op opportunity?

Yes, students may contact other companies not on the list provided each semester by the professional practice office. Students are encouraged to discuss their side search interests with their advisors.

Are co-op positions paid?

Yes, the professional practice faculty ensure that companies on the SAID co-op list pay students, though the rate and method of payment varies by employer. The professional practice office recently conducted a survey of student earnings by major that provides a general expectation of pay ranges.  (Note that SAID cannot guarantee that companies students find through their own side searches will offer paid positions.)

Do I still pay tuition while on co-op?

No, students do not pay full tuition while on co-op, though there is a nominal fee assessed to the bill each co-op semester for students to maintain full-time status.

Where do SAID students co-op?

SAID students co-op in Cincinnati, across the country, and even internationally. See Previous Co-ops for more information. Students wishing to complete an international co-op will work with their professional practice advisor and the international studies office to fulfill all requirements.

Is it difficult to find a place to live if I co-op in another city?

Students are usually able to find housing relatively easily by word of mouth or recommendations from employers or previous co-op students. DAAP students also have a Facebook group with over 1,300 student members who post listings for sublets in multiple cities as a supplement to traditional housing search websites.