Employer FAQ

What is co-op?

Co-op is an academic partnership between the college, the employer and the student. It is designed to help the employer meet human resource needs, while providing the student with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Co-op students work for one academic semester (15 weeks) in a job related to their field of study and appropriate for their skill level and experience. Students receive a grade and course credit for their co-op work, and are expected to be a contributing part of the company.

How does a co-op position differ from an internship?

While some schools and employers may use these terms interchangeably, at Cincinnati State ‘co-op’ applies to full or part-time paid positions while ‘internship’ is used to describe part-time, unpaid assignments related to a student’s academic and career goals.

What are the average salary requirements for co-op students?

Co-op pay varies by degree program but in general ranges from $8 to $18 an hour depending on the industry and on the technical expertise required.

Whom do I contact at Cincinnati State to establish a co-op program or post a co-op position?

A good place to start is our Co-op Job Developer, Matthew Arling, at (513) 569-4170 or matthew.arling@cincinnatistate.edu. Each academic division has full-time co-op coordinators assigned to specific degree programs. If you are an employer interested in posting a co-op position you can contact the co-op coordinator directly for the academic program related to your industry.

Whom do I contact to find students for clinical rotations in healthcare fields?

Clinical rotations in the healthcare industry for students studying nursing or pursuing other health-related majors are managed through the Health and Public Safety Division, outside the program for co-op and internships in other academic divisions. Healthcare employers should contact 513-569-1670.

Are co-op students required to work a minimum number of hours per week?

Cincinnati State offers both full-time and part-time co-op schedules. Part-time co-op students work 20 to 31 hours a week and receive 1 hour of co-op course credit. Full-time co-op students work 32-40 hours a week and receive 2 hours of co-op course credit.

How will school holidays or breaks impact the co-op schedule?

College-observed holidays and breaks do not impact the co-op schedule. Students are to observe only those holidays and breaks that are observed by their employer while on co-op assignment.

What is the deadline for hiring a co-op student for a given semester?

Ideally, students should be hired by the last week of the semester prior to the one in which they will begin working. However, students can be hired into the second week of the semester in which they would work. The student will still receive credit for the experience if starting a week or two late. However, we strongly encourage employers and students not to make this a common practice.

When should the co-op job offer be sent, and to whom?

Job offers can be sent directly to the student, however, their co-op coordinator should also be informed of your selection.

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