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Co-ops for Physics Majors

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their resumes and building a professional network in the process. Co-op is the “Ultimate Internship” and was introduced at Drexel in 1919 as one of the first models of its kind; the program has become integral to the University's educational experience.

The co-op program plays a vital part in the student learning experience. Most of our majors participate in research co-ops, both here and elsewhere, graduating with invaluable first-hand insight into their careers.

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What Physics Students are saying about Co-op

Jeremy Gaison

“Co-op has been a wonderful experience in helping me to decide what I want to pursue after graduation. I’ve been able to do real research in a number of fields, travel, and present my work at conferences. From my experiences, I’m confident that I want to pursue neutrino physics research and I’m excited about my upcoming co-op doing just that. I’ll be working on the EXO experiment under Professor Dolinski, and plan on continuing my research in this field for my senior thesis.”
- Jeremy Gaison, BS Physics '15

Robyn Smith

“Overall, my co-op experience has been fantastic! I spent my first co-op at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia. We used brand new radio observations to search for indications of small radio jets in obscured quasars that hadn’t broken out of the host galaxy yet. While at NRAO, I was given the opportunity to visit the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and to spend a week at the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico.” “For my second co-op, I moved to London, Ontario in order to work at the University of Western Ontario. I focused on learning how to work with Chandra X-ray Observatory data as part of the larger project examining biases in black hole mass estimates.”
- Robyn Smith, BS Physics '15

Matthew Parsons

“I spent my first co-op at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) working with the Material Measurement Laboratory. My second co-op was working at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) where I was able to conduct research in support of the development of fusion energy. PPPL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and is home to one of three major magnetic fusion devices in the country. I returned to PPPL to complete my final co-op during the spring and summer of 2015, where I looked into the use of machine learning techniques for predicting plasma disruptions in magnetic fusion reactors.”
- Matthew Parsons, BS Physics '16

Sam Ciocys

“Over my last co-op, I worked at Argonne National Laboratory in the Material Science Division. My research group collaborated with the University of Chicago to design detectors for the South Pole Telescope for analyzing the cosmic microwave background.”
- Sam Ciocys, BS Physics '15


Recent Co-op Employers

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Aeroflex Control Components, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • AmeriQuest Business Services
  • Analytical Graphics, Inc.
  • Applied Informatics Group (AIG)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Bayada Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Benjamin's Desk
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Company
  • Certainteed Corporation
  • Charter High School for Architecture & Design
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Constitution High School
  • CoreLab Partners
  • Drexel University
  • Drugscan
  • DSG, Inc.
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Gemalto
  • Global Citizen
  • Haddon Township High School
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • IBM
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Innovative Defense Technologies
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kieran Timberlake
  • Lantium, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lupus Foundation of America- Philadelphia Tri State Chapter
  • Micro-Coax
  • Military Commitment - ROTC
  • Monitoring Analytics
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Radio Astronomy Obs.
  • NAVAIR
  • Pearson VUE
  • PEI Genesis
  • Penn State University
  • PFIT, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • Princeton Plasma Physics
  • Princeton University
  • Protiro, Inc.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SAP America
  • Sparks Exhibit and Environments
  • Susquehanna International Group, LLP
  • Temple University
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Universal Technical Resource Services Inc
  • Universidad de Murcia
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • weServe Program
  • Woodward McCoach Inc.