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Global Studies Co-op & Professional Development

Co-op for Global Studies Majors

Co-op is an integral part of the Drexel experience and a key element of the Global Studies program. Students have held co-op positions domestically at the International Visitor’s Council; Global Philadelphia; the office of State Senator Vince Hughes; Estee Lauder - to name a few - and internationally at organizations including the United Nations Development Programme in Africa, the European Parliament, and Coca Cola in India. One student worked with a news agency in the Middle East and presented a photography exhibit upon her return, chronicling her experience and what she learned.

We encourage students to find co-ops related to their Global Studies concentration but also to experiment with other fields; co-op is an opportunity to try new experiences and find a career path that fits. One co-op might be with a non-profit development agency, another with a mutual fund company. Drexel University is also invested in helping students find international co-ops; our students are quick to take advantage of these opportunities.

“Hard work, independence, responsibility, teamwork, and analysis” are skills one Drexel Global Studies student said they learned while on co-op. These are skills that translate well into any field. Another student reported: “The co-op experience allowed me to use my writing, research, and communications skills,” and noted how well their coursework prepared them for their co-op experience. And co-op employers consistently love Global Studies students as well, praising them for their communication skills, research abilities, foreign language competence, and willingness to learn.

Recent Domestic Co-op Positions

  • McCormick Taylor, Inc. (Philadelphia):  Student conducted research with an engineering firm that oversees transportation projects on the east coast
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Philadelphia):  Student was a business analyst
  • Duane Morris Law Firm (Philadelphia): Student worked in public relations
  • Cedar Street Recording Studio (Philadelphia): Student assisted with recording and mixing
  • PJM Interconnection (Norristown):  Student helped document PJM's Physical Security Program using ASIS standards and guidelines, developed a computer forensics lab, researched pandemic preparedness, and proposed a security management website
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (Philadelphia):  Student worked as an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor and taught English to recently resettled immigrants and refugees
  • International Rescue Committee (Arizona):  Student worked as a microenterprise and financial literacy counselor
  • United Nations (New York):  Student attended conferences on HIV/AIDS, and Women’s Rights.  She also planned luncheons, and events pertaining to the Millennium Development Goals, and assisted ambassadors on tasks and projects.

Recent International Co-op Positions

  • Dolphin Bay Preserve (Panama): Student worked on an eco-tourism project, using skills related to marketing and business development, and also led environmental expeditions for foreign travelers
  • Franklin Templeton (India):  Student worked as a financial analyst
  • Young & Rubicam (Paris):  Student was an International Accounts Intern, and assisted with creative design. She produced business brochures and videos for the company
  • Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women (South Africa): Student served as research assistant and helped plan a Global Fund Peer Education program on the intersection of violence against women and HIV/AIDS for 75 out-of-school girls.

Professional Development

Professional Development assistance is a key strategic priority of the Global Studies Program. College is about learning, about growing as a person, and about developing our critical thinking and reasoning skills. But it is also about preparing for the world after college, whether that holds a job, a graduate degree, or other adventure. The beautiful thing about a liberal arts degree like Global Studies is that it prepares students for a vast range of professions and graduate studies. But choosing from that range is not always easy, and in the modern world, it never hurts to do everything you can to prepare yourself for the job market, or to get the most information you can about grad school.

It was with this in mind that the Global Studies Program first instituted its set of concentrations to help students specialize in their area of interest and build their area-specific skills. The Global Studies program has also created a series of career-related events to help students learn about their options, to begin networking, to hone their job-hunting skills, and to find about more about career and education opportunities. We work hard to set our students up for success on whichever path they chose after graduation. The key elements of this program are listed below, but we continue to add to and refine our offerings.

  • Professional development workshops including: a visit from a State Department recruiter, resume clinics, and profession-specific panels on topics like international business, international education and development.
  • The course IAS 320: Building Global Bridges includes presentations by a number of development practitioners. Assignments require students to create mock NGOs.
  • Biennial Global Careers Day: Global Studies Alumni return to Drexel for career panels and mingling with current students.