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Cincinnati Digital Innovation - Leverage Local Connections

Program Overview

The CDI program combines full-time internships, senior design projects, and embedded and coordinated networking experiences, and thus allows students to complete the Digital Innovation minor over the course of the semester. It is academically efficient and professionally effective. On average, 75% of program participants continue working for their internship employers, either in an extended internship or full-time role.

A unique opportunity offered through the CDI program is the chance to actively dive into the entrepreneurial and tech-informed ecosystems in the city. Throughout the semester, students will engage in events, mentorship, professional activities, and more, that are organized by relevant local organizations - thus tapping into the existing networks for professional connections.


As a part of the Cincinnati Digital Innovation, students will complete full time internships and can work Monday through Friday over the duration of the semester.

Students are able to seek work opportunities based in Southwest Ohio. The role itself can be in-person, hybrid, or remote, and could be paid or unpaid, but should allow students to live in the Greater Cincinnati or Oxford areas. Students are invited to seek work responsibilities that best fit their professional interests and experiences, provided the work falls within the context of emerging technology, business and design. Significant support is provided for participants to connect with companies within the CDI network, though ultimately it is a student’s responsibility to secure a position.

Recent intern companies include:

  • Atomic Robot
  • Cincinnati Insurance Group
  • CityBeat Magazine
  • Findlay Market Corporation
  • GameDay PR
  • Great American Insurance
  • Norstar International
  • OCEAN Programs
  • app
  • Touchstone Merchandising Group
  • Quotient

At A Glance:

Program at a Glance
Term Fall or Spring Semester
Academics 15 credit hours.
IMS 340 (Internship) - 8 hours
IMS 452 (Senior Design Project) - 3 hours
IMS 398 (Networking) - 1 hour
IMS 396 (Inside the Innovation Ecosystem) - 3 hours.
Can contribute to Focus Area, Integration, and Internship for ETBD majors.
Completes to Digital Innovation minor.
Cost Full semester tuition based on individual Tuition Promise
Plus $250 program fee

Contact Us

Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design
209 Laws Hall
Oxford, OH 45056