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Co-op and Internship Program


The Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Internship Program at Owens Community College is a partnership between the college, employers and students that formally integrates academic work with experience in the business world.

For the next few years this program will be supported by the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC) Grant. This grant will allow businesses in key Ohio industries to hire students as interns or co-ops at a significantly reduced cost, by reimbursing up to 50% of student wages, making it a win-win situation for students and businesses.

While all students are encouraged to consider work-based learning, the grant's focus is on key Ohio industry sectors or business functions - advanced manufacturing, aerospace/aviation, agribusiness/food processing, automotive, biohealth, energy, financial services, information services/software, and various business functions. As such, the grant allows the college to target certain programs within the School of Business and the School of STEM that are aligned with these key industry sectors and business functions.

The Owens OMIC Office invites students and businesses to be involved in this important program and is pleased to facilitate this process.

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For Students

  • Apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom.
  • Get work experience and enhance your resume.
  • Explore a specific career or company and see if it is a good fit for you.
  • Network with potential employers and career mentors.
  • Get paid as you work toward degree completion.
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For Employers

  • The opportunity to benefit from temporary employees who may prove to be your future employees.
  • Exposure to new ideas and creativity.
  • The chance to train students in your business's systems and methods.
  • Participation in the educational process and curriculum development.
  • Higher visibility on the Owens campus.
  • Reimbursement of student wages up to 50% of the cost.