Co-op FAQs

What is Co-op?

  • A co-op is a full-time, full-semester employment experience with a company in your intended professional field.
  • You are paid for your work.
  • A co-op is typically more rigorous than an internship.

What is the difference between a co-op and internship?

  • Internships also provide opportunities for professional work experience.
  • Unlike co-ops, internships may or may not be paid and may or may not be full-time work.
  • Art History, Horticulture, and Urban Studies are the only DAAP programs where students can pursue an internship.

How much will I be paid?

How do I find a co-op?

  • You will take an introduction to co-op course, which provides professional development, gives you access to the online database of employers, and prepares you through mock job interviews and resume building workshops. You will also consult with your assigned co-op adviser.
  • You can do research to find your own approved co-op experience.

Do I pay tuition while on co-op?

  • No. You pay a co-op fee for that semester.

Where do DAAP students typically co-op?

  • DAAP students work in 37 states, 175 cities, and 22 countries.
  • Co-op experiences range from Fortune 500 companies and non-profits to start-ups and more.
  • Almost 2000 employers have chosen to work with DAAP students.

Is housing provided while on co-op?

  • Students are responsible for securing their own housing while on co-op.
  • A few companies provide living arrangements or a housing stipend if your co-op is outside of the Cincinnati area. It is typically handled by the company in the offer negotiations.
  • You should speak with your co-op advisor to better understand which companies are able to offer those resources.
  • If your co-op is in Cincinnati, you can make arrangements with UC Housing to live on campus.

Do I take classes while on co-op?

  • Typically, students do not take classes during their co-op semesters. We encourage you to be fully focused on and dedicated to your co-op.

When will I co-op?

  • You will begin co-op in your second or third year, depending on your program. Starting with your first co-op, you will alternate between academic and co-op semesters year round.

What if I have trouble?

  • Should you have any questions regarding DAAP's co-op program, please feel free to contact your Co-op Faculty Advisor.

How do employers become co-op partners?


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UC marketing intern enjoys a bite of the Big Apple

April 16, 2024

Kaylen Rolsen, a graduating senior at the University of Cincinnati, shares her thoughts about her latest cooperative education experience with Macy's. Rolsen, who is majoring in marketing and minoring in fashion studies, definitely recommends a summer in New York City, the Big Apple.

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UC engineering co-op medalist excels through 6 co-op experiences

April 15, 2024

Ever since she garnered an appreciation for chemistry in high school, fifth-year University of Cincinnati student Jaclyn Bashore has not looked back. When she graduates with a chemical engineering degree and a minor in chemistry this spring, Bashore will have had six co-op experiences — along with a new full-time job at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical research company with whom she did two co-op rotations. To commemorate her exceptional co-op work, the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science awarded Bashore the 2024 Herman Schneider Medal, an annual award given to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding success as a co-op student.

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