Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students on a thriving suburban campus in Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati.

NKU was founded in 1968 and offers 90 bachelor's degrees, two associate degrees, 24 graduate programs, one Juris Doctor, a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Students at NKU are strongly encouraged to participate in co-ops and internships. At NKU, a co-op is a paid, for-credit work experience related to a student’s academic major or minor. NKU offers two models for co-op: Alternating – students stop classes to work for a predetermined amount of time and return to classes after the co-op ends; or Parallel – students continue taking classes and work simultaneously with flexible timeframes and work hours (most popular model). An internship, by contrast, is a work experience related to a student’s academic program that may be paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit.

NKU interviewOnce the student has been selected by an organization for a co-op or internship, the student is responsible for following the steps to receive academic credit. The student will then work closely with an assigned faculty coordinator. At the end of the experience, the employer will be asked to complete a performance appraisal. Students may intern or co-op during fall, spring, and summer terms.

Career Services operates as the principal point of contact and servicing unit for employers who wish to recruit students for co-ops, internships and full-time positions. Our employer relations goals are to deliver exceptional customer service, connect students and opportunities, and assist organizations with navigating the campus. Career fairs and our online system, HireNKU, are primary methods for employers to connect with students.

For questions, call 859.572.5680.

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