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Cooperative Education Program

Experiential Education That Engages You in the World

Antioch College promotes meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between campus-centered and field-based experiential learning. For nearly a century, a central component of Antioch’s progressive education model has been its flagship Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program. Students currently spend up to a third of their academic program—a minimum of four academic terms—engaged in the kinds of fulltime work, research, or self-directed enterprises that have earned Antioch students an international reputation for ingenuity, industriousness, and creativity.

By linking the life of the mind with the practical experience of work, Co-op animates a unique liberal arts curriculum that positions students to take action in the world. 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. Through sustained involvement with a variety of partner organizations throughout their college careers, students learn to navigate complex work environments, experiment with solution-oriented approaches, negotiate for themselves, and mobilize resources to affect change in diverse settings.

With over a thousand co-op placements since the College’s independence, the impact of the Co-op Program is clear: Demonstrated ability to help students gain traction in the world and to communicate their stories for a public audience. Visit Antioch Engaged, our online journal of social practice and professional engagement, to learn more about the experiences of our intrepid Antioch students as they explore new places, experience new communities, and make a difference in the world.