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We're dedicated to student success, delivering hands-on experiential learning through cooperative education.

Cooperative Education (co-op) is a professional work experience designed to complement the student's major or career path. Co-op affirms your choice of major and/or career and enables you to develop a competitive edge and sharpen skills employers value. Students can earn credit for co-op experience as it fulfills the core curriculum experiential education requirement for graduation.

Students begin co-oping sophomore year, and the Mount provides opportunities in every undergraduate degree program.

Through co-oping, you gain valuable work experience, meet new people in your field of interest and earn income to help pay for college. Co-oping can also help confirm choice of an academic major and help set clear career goals. Many employers choose to hire the Mount co-ops full-time upon graduation.

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Professional experience that pays

Students who participate in co-op gain career-related professional experience that looks great on a résumé, while earning general elective credit. The average student participating in cooperative education earns about $10 an hour, which can help cover tuition and other expenses.

Make lasting professional connections

Co-op also helps you make connections for your future — approximately one-third of all co-op students accept jobs with their previous co-op employers after graduation.


  • In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 255 co-op placements, and collectively they earned $882,359. The benefits extend beyond the work experience.
  • More than 35 percent of graduates who had co-op jobs accepted full-time positions with their co-op employers.
  • The University has been honored with the Sam E. Sovilla Award for Excellence by the Ohio Cooperative Education Association and a Service Award from the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio.

Requirements for Participation:

  • Be a sophomore or above with a declared major
  • Successfully complete the Foundations of Professionalism course (CED 220)
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Be approved by the student's department chair
  • Be able to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours a week to the co-op work experience.

Contact Information

Contact Linda Pohlgeers, Director of the Career and Experiential Education Center, at (513) 244-4824 or e-mail the career center.