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What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education, or co-op, is a partnership between academia and industry.  Co-op students earn academic credit while gaining paid workplace experience in their field of study.

How will my company benefit from co-op?
Becoming a co-op employer will allow your organization to become more cost effective in meeting immediate and long-term human resource needs. Co-op allows employers to evaluate potential employees, fill entry-level professional positions with qualified candidates, build a pipeline for hiring and promoting employers, and increase the visibility of the company.

How does a co-op position differ from an internship?
Some schools and employers use these terms for experiential education 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. Please refer to the Prospective Employer page to review the co-op options.

Whom do I contact at Cincinnati State to establish a co-op program or post a co-op position?
Each Academic Division has full-time co-op coordinators, who have faculty status.  Co-op coordinators are assigned to specific degree programs.  The chief duty of a co-op coordinator is to find co-op opportunities and ensure that the program is running properly.  If you are an employer interested in posting a co-op position please contact the co-op coordinator for the academic program that is related to your industry or complete an employer job posting worksheet.

Is co-op mandatory at Cincinnati State?
Our commitment to co-op is a key reason students choose Cincinnati State over other colleges. Most degree programs at Cincinnati State require some form of experiential learning.  This can include cooperative education, internships, or, for students in health-related programs, clinical rotations. We believe that cooperative education is an unparalleled factor in student success and a natural pathway to post-degree employment. Our goal is for all students to experience the benefits of co-op.

What majors are available for co-op?
Click Here for a list of majors and the co-op coordinator associated with each one.

If we are interested in multiple majors, whom should we contact to begin the co-op process?
Contact one of the coordinators for one of the majors you are interested in hiring and that coordinator will refer you to the other appropriate coordinator. Click Here for the list of majors at Cincinnati State and the co-op coordinator associated with each major.

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.  Contact the co-op coordinator for the academic program that is related to your industry.

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.

When should the co-op job offer be sent, and to whom?
Job offers can be sent directly to the student; however, the co-op coordinator should also be informed of your selection.

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.  This should not be a common practice, however.

If I am experiencing issues with my co-op student, how should it be handled?
If you are experiencing problems with your co-op student you may handle it in the way in which your office would typically handle employee difficulties.  In addition, please contact your co-op coordinator.

What are the average salary requirements for co-ops by major?
Co-op pay ranges vary by degree program.  Contact your co-op coordinator for the range for your position.

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