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Written by Steve Depoe, A&S Communication Department Head

The Department of Communication is proud to announce that it has entered into a new partnership with UC’s Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (PROPEL)to begin offering a co-op track option for a limited number of Communication majors beginning in 2015-16.  The partnership will start as a three-year pilot, followed by an assessment and possible long-term renewal.

Beginning in Fall 2015, freshman and sophomore Communication majors will be able to compete for a limited number of slots. Those students chosen for the cohort will then apply and compete for co-op positions in Cincinnati and beyond, with job opportunities ranging from public relations to social media marketing to management communications to work in political and non-profit campaigns.

Applications will be reviewed based on fulfillment of pre-requisite courses, GPA, and other elements to be determined. Up to 30 students will be selected for the first cohort, with the first co-op rotations to begin in Summer Semester 2016.  The plan calls for the co-op cohort to enlarged to a maximum of 40 students in year two (2016-17) and 50 students in year three (2017-18).  Co-op track students will be required to complete three co-op rotations, along with introductory and mid-program courses offered by PROPEL.

Details concerning co-op track eligibility and application deadlines and review process will be finalized soon, with a more formal kick-off announcement to follow.

Co-operative education as a model was created at the University of Cincinnati at 1906. UC’s current program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the nation.  Students participating in the program can earn full-time experiences and full-time pay, adding greatly to the return on tuition investment .

A&S Communication is re-joining the co-op program after an absence of more than a decade. This new initiative is one of many ways the department, our faculty members and over 5000 alumni are working together to build value for our BA and MA degrees.

For more information about PROPEL and its current co-op program offerings, go to PROPEL’s co-op page.


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