Cincinnati Program

Downtown Cincinnati skyline as seen from Kentucky side of Ohio River

Program Overview

Participants spend four days each week working for a Cincinnati company. Each Friday is spent visiting companies large and smallo in the Cincinnati area, from startups to major corporations (e.g., The Brandery, CincyTech, Roadtrippers, Frameri, Ahalogy, Alchemy@P&G). Students build significant networks of contacts through various networking events and through their own outreach activities.

Program Dates

The Cincinnati Digital Innovation program is offered during fall and spring semesters. Generally speaking, students will arrive in Cincinnati the week before the start of a regular Miami University semester.  Move-out occurs before finals week, allowing graduating students to return to Oxford to participate in graduation events.


Do I have to find my own internship? How does the interview process work?

Yes. We do not guarantee any student an internship, though we do everything in our power to help students find one. The semester before a student participates, we share student information with industry connections in each participating city; however, we ask that students do not wait for a phone call to begin conducting their own search. Students need to be proactive in searching for opportunities that may be the best fit for them. Workshops will be held to discuss best practices during the internship search, and program staff will be readily available to assist with the entire process (helping with email wording, interview prep, etc.).

How many companies are in the pool of startups, and do I interview with all of them?

The number of startups in the pool varies in each city, and students typically do not interview with all of them. We do our best to align student interests with the best opportunities available for them.

Where are most of the internships located?

In Cincinnati, students have had internships located downtown and in various neighborhoods such as Over-the-Rhine, Oakley, Blue Ash and Norwood.

What type of work will I be doing as an intern?

Students typically accept internships that most closely relate to their area of study. The work is meaningful and likely project-based, helping students build skills and experiences that will assist in future employment opportunities.

How many hours on average per week do interns work?

Students are expected to work full-time Monday through Thursday each week. The definition of “full-time” may differ by company, but students generally work from 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m., if not later.

Are the internships paid? Is salary negotiable?

Most internships are paid; however, a paid internship is not guaranteed. Students that are paid have received compensation of anywhere from $300 to $3000 each month depending on the job responsibilities. Typically, programmers receive salaries at the higher end, marketers at the lower end, and designers somewhere in the middle.

In Cincinnati, is parking free at the companies?

This depends on the company. If parking is not free, there is always the potential to negotiate a parking stipend.

Potential Internship Companies

The company logos for empower media marketing, craftforce, PawedIn, LifeFormations, Loteda, 84.51, cerkl, SugarCreek, 17A, Scripps, talmetrix, Findlay Kitchen, Frameri, bridgeable, hello parent, tilr, lisner, immersed

Friday Visit Companies

 The company logos for Brandery, Ahalogy, HCDC, Gaslight, OCEAN Accelerator, Roadtrippers, Differential, Findlay Kitchen, 50 West, Topic, Brandimage, Cladwell, AllosVentures, PupilBox, FamilyTech, Madtree Brewery, P&G, Gild Collective, Nation Kitchen and Bar, tilr, GNGF, Cerkl, Cintrifuse, and Losant


Is housing provided?

In Cincinnati, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of apartment-style housing suggested by program management. This immersive program is meant to be an experience for the entire cohort, and living together is an essential part of the experience.

Students who participate in the Cincinnati program and commute from Oxford find that spending over 10 hours each week in a car takes away from the experience, forcing them to miss out on potential networking events. While we encourage students to live in housing in Cincinnati, it is not required. We have housing options each semester or students are welcome to find their own housing in Cincinnati, and students do have the option to live at home if they are from the Cincinnati area.

If a friend and I are both accepted to the same program, can we room together?

Probably. Students can designate a preferred roommate on their housing preference form, prior to signing their lease. We have been able to accommodate every roommate request to date.

Where is the recommended housing located?

Housing in Cincinnati is located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and downtown Cincinnati.

How much does the recommended housing cost? Are utilities included?

The recommended housing is approximately $400/month in Cincinnati, assuming double occupancy rooms. Utilities are included, as is cable and internet. If you are staying in the recommended housing, please note that your housing deposit will be due the semester before your participation (in March for fall and in October for spring), and in Cincinnati the amount varies but typically does not exceed $500.

Is the apartment furnished?

Yes, the apartment will be furnished. This will include all necessary furniture and potentially towels, sheets, blankets, etc. Students only need to bring clothing and toiletries.

How many people are in each room? In each apartment?

Usually the rooms are double-occupancy. There may be single-occupancy rooms available, though the rent will be higher, and they are not guaranteed.


Can I have my car with me?

Students typically have cars in Cincinnati as internships and company visits are not always downtown or in Over-the-Rhine.

Program Costs

Program Costs Tuition + Admin Fee + Program Fee + Personal Expenses = Total Cost

Paid to Miami University
Item Paid To Rate
Tuition (full semester load) All students are charged the semester tuition/fee rate based on residency and Tuition Promise Cohort. Bursar Visit One Stop to verify your tuition rate
Study Abroad Administrative Fee Bursar $175

Program Fee
Includes program activities and some meals.

Deposit: $450 due upon acceptance
Fees paid are not refundable

Global Initiatives $450

Total Paid to Miami University: Tuition + $175 + $400

Anticipated Personal Expenses
Item Rate
Includes flights, most meals, housing, incidentals. $4000

Total Estimated Program Cost: Tuition + $175 + $450 + $4000