Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 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.
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 consult with your assigned co-op advisor from the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education.
- 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.
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?