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Career & Experiential Education Center at Mount St. Joseph University

Experiential education — cooperative education, study abroad, cultural immersion and service learning — complements a classroom experience by integrating theory with professional practice and real-world experience.

Student Success

100% TOP Program Success Rate

100% of 2022 TOP graduates have secured full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

The knowledge rate for this survey was 90%.

Service Learning Program Success

Since 1994, students at the Mount have contributed more than $1.7 million of in-kind service to the Cincinnati region through our credit-bearing service learning program.

Alumni Success

MSJ students have a wide range of co-op, internship, and career opportunities. Our graduates have found success in Cincinnati and beyond. Recent graduates have been hired by:

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati Public Schools; Cincinnati Reds; Cleveland Clinic; FC Cincinnati; Fifth-Third Bank; Kroger; Medpace; Mercy Health; Procter & Gamble; St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Tri-Health; YMCA.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, also known as co-op, gives you a fantastic opportunity to learn in an actual career setting, applying your interests and learning about career options. Nearly one-third of the students who participate in cooperative education at the Mount accept full-time employment with previous co-op employers following graduation.

Learn more about cooperative education.   

Co-op & Internship Testimonials

Check out Ricky Feller's Athletic Co-op Q&A story here to learn about his experience at the NFL. For more testimonials, visit our Co-op Testimonial page.


Career Development

Learning skills that will help you land a great job is a crucial part of your personal and academic growth. That’s why, at the Mount, we provide dedicated career development resources for students and alums who want to improve their resume, evaluate career options and learn interview skills.

Learn more about career development


Prior Learning Assessment

We recognize that university-level learning happens outside of the classroom as well. That’s why we provide prior learning assessment, a service that evaluates the professional and personal experience you gained prior to enrolling at the Mount, and reward you with academic credit.

Learn more about prior learning assessment.


Study Abroad & Cultural Immersion

Study abroad and cultural immersion allow Mount students to experience the world, lending a global perspective and providing an opportunity for personal growth. Students travel to Egypt, Berlin, Japan, the Appalachian Mountains, Cherokee and Lakota reservations and more.

Learn more about study abroad and cultural immersion.


Service Learning

Service learning is an opportunity for students to earn academic credit by participating in meaningful service activities. Service learning fosters a deeper understanding of academic course content and enhances a sense of civic responsibility necessary for the flourishing of any community. Participation in service learning provides a chance for students to explore career paths, build one’s resume by gaining experience, and meaningfully build relationships with community partners.

Learn more about service learning.