Real World Experience

Since the University of Cincinnati began the first Cooperative Education program in 1906, UC has provided experiential learning programs to equip students with real-world experience before graduation. The College of A&S remains committed to this educational approach today, ensuring you have access to internship, service learning, study abroad and research opportunities that broaden your education beyond the classroom. A&S is dedicated to having students graduate with a career plan--so dedicated that at the time of graduation students will have taken four courses specifically preparing them for professional development.

Through this real-world, applicable experience, you will develop and amplify the skills employers are looking for, whether you're working in an office or working in the field. You'll build professional networks in Cincinnati, which is home to nine Fortune 500 companies—including P&G, Western & Southern Financial Group, The Kroger Co. and more—and countless startups and nonprofits.

Beyond our borders, study abroad opportunities open the door for you to experience other cultures and customs, sharpen your language and communication skills, and prepare to become a member of the global community. You may choose to commit to a cause and make a difference in our communities locally by participating in one of a wide variety of service learning opportunities. Or you may explore your research options, where you can immerse yourself in study in the lab or in the field.

Each year, our students have access to hundreds of employers seeking to hire interns and research assistants. Our real-world opportunities are nearly as varied as our students, but each one richly benefits the student, faculty and organizations that choose to get involved.    

Pandemic creates professional opportunity for UC undergrad

December 17, 2020

By Jenn Cammel    COVID-19 caused millions of college students to study remotely this year but, for University of Cincinnati Arts and Science neuropsychology major Alex Powell, the pandemic meant a new job. In May, Powell joined the medical lab team as an intern at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington. Powell, who plans to attend pharmacy school after graduation, found the position online while looking for a Summer job. At the lab, his job was to get the samples ready to be tested and enter data as well as other basic lab technician work. “Gravity Diagnostics started as a small lab that initially did Toxicology, STI and Upper Respiratory testing,” Powell says. “When COVID hit, the owner purchased the equipment necessary for testing it and it's been growing ever since.” Powell and his coworkers had many precautions in place to help keep them—and their work environment—safe. “It was pretty interesting seeing the pandemic firsthand,” he says. “Whenever the country had a strong spike in cases, we would see it firsthand in the number of samples received per day.

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