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Co-Ops + Internships



Start creating for good before you graduate and get a competitive edge with real-world work experience through a co-op or internship assignment. Our Cooperative Education and Internship Program offers you the chance to earn a salary, course credit, and work experience by alternating semesters of study with on-site work at one of more than 200 employers. The Russ College even provides a scholarship for this during summer semesters, so you can make the most of your time before graduation – for free.

  • Pay: Co-op and internships offer full-time, paid jobs on-site at a company with work relating to your major. Both can provide academic credit by enrolling in the co-op and internship course, ET 1910.
  • Experience: With an internship or co-op, you’ll get insight into a particular industry and the roles available. You’ll work side-by-side with engineers and technologists on real-world projects.
  • Timing: Some students fit co-op assignments into the regular schedule of their academic studies. Taking a multiple-rotation co-op, however, can mean delaying graduation by a full academic year or more. But when you do graduate, you’ll have in-the-field work experience on your resume that employers will value. Many students receive job offers before graduation from their co-op or internship employers.
  • Location: Co-ops and internships give you the flexibility to work where the company has a relevant opening for you, often in locations throughout Ohio, the Appalachian region, and cities nationwide.

Set up an appointment with Director of Professional Experiences Dean Pidcock at 740.593.0894 to get started, or see your department’s co-op adviser for help with your schedule.

Departmental Co-op Advisors
Chemical Darin Ridgway
Civil Sang Soo Kim
Computer Science Cynthia Marling
Electrical Costas Vassiliadis
ETM Neil Littell
Industrial Dusan Sormaz
Mechanical David Bayless

For more info, check out the FAQ.


What will I get out of a co-op or internship?

  • See how academic theory relates to real-world work
  • Learn if you picked the right career before you graduate
  • Get professional job experience
  • Build professional relationships that can help you later
  • Make money
  • Get a head-start on the job hunt — many co-ops and internships also work as “tryouts” for full-time jobs

What do I need to do to qualify?

  • Be a full-time, degree-seeking student with at least 30 credit hours (all majors except aviation)
  • Earn GPAs of 2.5 overall and in engineering classes
  • Complete ET 1500, Career Development, a half-semester, half-credit-hour class.

How do I get started?

  1. Start early – freshman or early sophomore year is best, as soon as you’ve earned 30 credit hours
  2. Complete a co-op schedule with your co-op adviser
  3. Log into your Bobcat CareerLink account
  4. Upload your résumé (approved by the Career and Leadership Development Center) to Bobcat CareerLink
  5. Apply and interview for positions
  6. Accept an offer

I got a co-op or internship position. Now what?

  • Register and pay for the appropriate one-credit-hour co-op and internship course for every semester you’re at a work site
  • Complete the co-op and internship course requirements on time
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and in your engineering courses
  • Remember that you remain a registered full-time student while on co-op or internship

When do I work?

You’ll determine that with your employer, depending on their need and your academic schedule. The earlier you start, the more co-op or internship assignments you can accept. Some students work for just one semester, others work three rotations or even an entire calendar year.

How much money will I make?

You’ll earn somewhere between $12-$26/hour, depending on your major, academic rank (sophomore, junior, senior), employer, and number of work rotations. The average hourly wage is about $18.

Where will I work?

You might work near your hometown, or you might be all the way across the country. Talk with your employer – some provide housing for co-ops, while others offer stipends for housing or assist with moving expenses. Make sure you know if the employer is providing housing or moving assistance before accepting an offer.

What about my financial aid, health insurance, and university housing?

Enrolling in the co-op and internship course, ET 1910, during your assignment helps avoid most issues related to financial aid, health insurance, and university housing interruptions.

Financial aid: Be sure to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to make sure your financial aid processes correctly and that you understand any effects your co-op or internship may have on your aid or financial obligations.

Health insurance: You remain eligible for Ohio University insurance while you’re in a fall or spring co-op or internship if you are still enrolled as a student through ET 1910.

University housing: You’re released from the University Housing contract while on a co-op or internship assignment if you are enrolled in ET 1910.