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Cooperative Education

Knowledge Applied in the Real World

Antioch College promotes meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between campus-centered and field-based experiential learning.

For 100 years, a central component of Antioch’s education model has been its flagship Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program.

Lead an impactful life

By linking the life of the mind with professional engagement, Co-op animates a unique liberal arts curriculum that positions students to take action in a variety of diverse settings. Students have opportunities to engage with numerous partner organizations as they learn to navigate complex work environments, communicate publicly, and experiment with solution-oriented approaches to social change.

All Antioch students spend up to a third of their academic program—a minimum of three academic terms—engaged in the kinds of full-time work, research, or self-directed learning enterprises that have earned Antioch Co-op students an international reputation for creativity, industriousness, and ingenuity.

Co-op provides knowledge and knowhow which is why generations of Antiochians have had significant impacts in their communities and professions.

At the core of the Co-op experience is professional engagement—meaningful work in challenging settings where students generally can expect reasonable compensation for their contributions. Not only do Antioch students graduate with an outstanding education, an impressive resume, and compelling stories of Co-op adventure in distant locales, they gain exposure to innovative workplaces and discover their unique talents as they apply themselves to real problems in the world.

Real World Work Experience

Read student Co-op stories from Antioch Engaged: our journal of social practice & professional engagement

“We have students working at foundations, nonprofits, successful businesses and companies and looking at what that feels like out in the world — being a part of a real team, making purposeful projects come to reality.”

— Luisa Bieri Rios,
Assist. Prof. of Cooperative Education

How it works

Field experience lies at the heart of cooperative education; however, developing a sense of inquiry, reflecting on lessons learned through experience, and engaging in dialogue on the ideas that emerge are essential components of the Co-op learning cycle. In order to meet the Co-op requirement necessary for graduation, all students are required to complete three approved field experiences and pass three Cooperative Education field courses (12 credits each) with a grade of C. Students enroll in these by registering for the appropriate Cooperative Education course that is offered at the time they engage in their Co-op term, as determined by fulfillment of both the co-requisite and any prerequisites identified. They thus are expected to earn a minimum of thirty-six Cooperative Education credits required for graduation.

Our voices carry around the world

Students have completed their Co-ops throughout the United States and in the following countries:




The Bahamas







Costa Rica

Czech Republic















New Zealand





St. Vincent


United Kingdom

Co-op News & Achievements
Organizing Her Voice Rises: Faculty Spotlight on Luisa Bieri
Organizing Her Voice Rises: Faculty Spotlight on Luisa Bieri

Her Voice Rises; a transnational arts exchange between Antioch College and Mujeres de Artes Tomar (MAT) was an arts residency three years in the making, spearheaded by Yellow Springs-native and Associate Professor of Cooperative Education Luisa Bieri.

The 365 Project Promotes Black Culture in Yellow Springs
The 365 Project Promotes Black Culture in Yellow Springs

For Black History Month, the 365 Project will share one video each week that takes viewers on a journey through Yellow Springs to learn about land ownership of Blacks in the past up to the present. In their most recent video, the 365 Project take a walk through Antioch College’s campus and the surrounding area.