Internships and Co-ops

Internships and co-ops lead to jobs.

Ohio Means Internships & Co-opsThe University of Cincinnati pioneered cooperative education, or co-ops, a sequential and ongoing experience students may use to complete part of their program. Internships are set for a specific duration of time and maybe used for credit depending on the program and school. Many interns are offered a full-time position by their employer. Either way, students gain valuable work experience, which employers look for when they interview job candidates.

Many internships and co-ops are available in Ohio, and finding a good internship is easier than you think. You don’t need to be well-connected to find an internship. Seeking advice from college professors, academic advisors, and career services staff members will open doors to possible internships and co-ops. Often, employers will go to professionals on campus to get recommendations for intern candidates. In addition, companies often attend career fairs to find interns, so be sure to attend these special events.

In addition to using OhioMeansJobs.com and on-campus resources, other organizations connect students with internships and co-ops, such as NEOintern in Northeast Ohio, SOCHE in Southwest Ohio, ColumbusInternships in Central Ohio, and NextGenIntern in Akron. Other sources of information about internships are at Internships.com and Idealist.

Internships vs. Co-ops: What’s the Difference?

Internships are a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work or community service experience and that:

  • Are of a specified and definite duration;
  • Evaluates each participating student's performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's internship employer;
  • May provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

There are hundreds of internships available to Ohio students right now!

Cooperative education (Co-op) is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and:

  • Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education;
  • Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;
  • Evaluates each participating student's performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's cooperative employer;
  • Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;
  • Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program is acceptable to the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and involves cooperative education.

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