Ohio Board of Regents Announces Internship/Co-Op Grant Recipients

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2014-03-11) — 

Nearly 2,500 students at Ohio community colleges, universities, and technical centers will benefit from new or expanded co-op and internship programs thanks to a state investment of close to $11 million over the next two years with matching dollars from key industries across the state. Campuses will create new or expand existing co-op and internship programs to better serve students and businesses.

The grants are part of Governor John Kasich’s workforce development strategies to align Ohio’s higher education curriculum with skills that are in demand by Ohio’s businesses so that students are better positioned for jobs in Ohio after graduation. Ohio businesses benefit by getting a preview of the talent available in Ohio and becoming part of the higher education/workforce dialogue as talent investors rather than just talent receivers.

“These grants will provide Ohio employers with opportunities to benefit from the talents of Ohio’s college and career technical students,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. “And they’ll provide students with valuable internship or co-op experience that will put them on the right track toward a successful career in Ohio.”


The state funding, from casino license fees, is specifically for this purpose. Funding was awarded to 10 community colleges and 15 public or private universities that are partnering with 30 other postsecondary institutions, including 11 Ohio technical centers. Grantees are required to match at least 100 percent of the awarded money with private funds.

Schools will partner with hundreds of small, medium, and large businesses across the state to provide paid and credited internships and co-ops to their students. Businesses in JobsOhio key industry sectors or functions – including advanced manufacturing, aerospace/aviation, agribusiness/food processing, automotive, biohealth, energy, financial services, information services/software, polymers/chemicals, and business functions such as logistics, consulting, and research and development – will hire Ohio students as co-ops or interns.


The lead institutions and their partner schools receiving the awards, the amount received, and brief descriptions are as follows:

  • Antioch College and Miami University – $120,000, will establish a new set of relationships with businesses in sustainable energy and food processing; increase understanding of the knowledge and skill sets required by businesses as their industries progress; and improve undergraduate curricula relating to food and energy.
  • Bowling Green State University – $650,000, will expand infrastructure to include career-related activities in all academic programs; develop an economic development internship model using spatial analysis to target northwest Ohio placements; and develop a business insourcing model to provide group internship opportunities to students in this rural area.
  • Central State University and Greene County Ohio Technical Center (OTC), Sinclair Community College, and Wilberforce University – $211,226, will revise the manufacturing engineering curriculum to better align with needs of key regional industries; centralize and standardize co-op & internship program management across campus; and expand engagement with key businesses and provide new leadership and soft skills training to students.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – $633,616, will enhance co-op delivery through best practices of centralized and decentralized programs; enhance approach to business engagement throughout the entire institution; and expand student advising/readiness and add to data system to drive decisions and make improvements.
  • Clark State Community College and Urbana University – $221,359, will embed credited placements in the curriculum so students meet degree requirements faster; enhance infrastructure by adding additional career services professionals on each campus and training for faculty and staff; and add enhanced student assessment and tracking for advising.
  • Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College - $799,148, will re-focus career services on demand-driven business engagement and student personal and professional development; provide academic departments with staff, workforce trend data, and technical support to enhance faculty involvement with businesses; and, employ new systems to better measure and report program outcomes and impacts.
  • Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College – $870,740, will seek solutions to expand work-integrated learning to every student; enhance faculty professional development related to business engagement; and increase integration of co-ops & internships into curriculum and provide students with scholarships, workshops, and job shadowing so they are job ready.
  • Edison Community College and Upper Valley OTC – $269,665, will recruit more students into internship programs through education and family involvement; work regionally to meet industry needs related to advanced manufacturing and IT career pathways through enhanced engagement; and support and incentivize students to pursue internships with scholarships.
  • Kent State University and Ohio Northern University – $562,371, will expand business partner relationships and revise career services infrastructure; create centralized operations aspects across campuses to better support decentralized activities; and use best practices to create sustainable programs, support businesses, and ensure academic integrity of experiences.
  • Lorain County Community College – $524,674, will identify and use best practices in student engagement such as peer-mentors, networking, and professional development; expand faculty support and professional development and technical assistance to businesses; and disseminate best practices to Ohio Completion by Design Cadre Group.
  • Lourdes University and The University of Toledo – $111,389, will move campus toward providing internships for every student; build infrastructure for full internship programs in biological and health sciences, and arts & sciences at both institutions; and expand and enhance student, business, and faculty engagement.
  • Marietta College and Washington State Community College – $119,964, will add staffing to expand outreach to businesses and students in rural area; create relationships and systems in region to be responsive to student and business needs; and train faculty, market to students, and help businesses.
  • Miami University – $748,566, will better integrate efforts between regionals and Oxford campus programs and processes; provide incentives and assistance to students and businesses that participate; and  create formal faculty engagement and add new data and information resources.
  • Ohio University – $119,022, will enhance capability to provide internships for students in engineering; incentivize and promote on-term internships for students to increase overall participation in such experiences; and connect engineering and technology students with key businesses in the region.
  • Owens Community College – $240,660, will align processes across campus for internship and co-op user-friendly participation by students and businesses; hire staff to develop and manage student, business and faculty engagement and incentive activities; and develop a co-op and internship database for stakeholder use.
  • Rhodes State College – $358,434, will make work-based learning opportunities mandatory and fully integrated into students’ academic programs; support enhanced business engagement, communication, and collaboration; and provide faculty support for curriculum alignment.
  • Southern State Community College and Buckeye Hills OTC, Ohio University -Chillicothe, Pickaway-Ross OTC, Pike County OTC, and Scioto County OTC – $240,000, will make degrees offered cooperatively at business sites; develop symposium involving all workforce stakeholders in region to address relevancy of curriculum from high school to technical center to associate and bachelor’s degrees; and infuse internships and co-ops fully into programs to allow financial aid to cover costs and credit and make sustainable.
  • Stark State College – $446,372, will allow for cooperative work with the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) to engage business and place students; engage and incentivize more students with scholarships for successfully completing internships; and start the student intern ambassadors program to strategically market the internship message to students.
  • Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel OTC – $101,853, will create a new work experience leadership team to increase both number of students and businesses participating using best practices; engage more faculty and staff by using professional development activities; and create new partnerships with area technical centers and economic development agencies.
  • University of Akron – $799,826, will increase the number of placements at current business partners and increase number of new business partners; provide full funding to explore use of co-ops at small/start-up businesses; and establish infrastructure for campus programs where co-op experiences are not currently part of the curriculum.
  • University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, College of Mt. Saint Joseph, Shawnee State University, Rio Grande Community College, University of Rio Grande, and Xavier University – $779,351, will create sustainable business partnerships in six target industry clusters; develop and enhance the quality of co-op and internship infrastructure at each partner institution; and, adjust curricular components which contribute to strong student workplace performance.
  • University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College – $800,000, will create placement opportunities focused on the schools of computer science, engineering and business administration; develop an interdisciplinary capstone program with key industries with participation from both campuses; and develop a rapid prototyping center that students run and serve businesses.
  • University of Findlay and Owens Community College-Findlay – $367,491, will build infrastructure to provide all students with at least one work-integrated learning opportunity over the next four years; create personalized career paths for prospective students; and enhance relationships with all partners to address the needs of the regional economy.
  • Wright State University – $127,585, will place students in regional key industries in partnership with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE); develop new academic programs to produce graduates in the identified key industries; and expand infrastructure and support to create culture of work-integrated learning.
  • Youngstown State University and Choffin OTC, Columbiana County OTC, Eastern Gateway Community College, Mahoning County OTC, and Trumbull OTC – $661,013, will significantly increase number and quality of for-credit co-ops and internships in the regional economy through incentives to students and businesses; create self-sustaining professional development suite to be used by students and businesses providing soft and hard skills training; and enhance coordination and infrastructure of programs in region. 

The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.

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Jeff Robinson                                                                                                                                                       

Office: 614.752.9487

Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us