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Cooperative Education

Founded in 1919, Drexel's cooperative education program was one of the first of its kind, and it continues to be among the largest and most renowned.

Drexel Co-op provides professional employment experiences for students, giving them the opportunity to test-drive a career before they enter the workforce. The benefits are obvious—during their time at Drexel, students can participate in up to three different co-ops, which equals 18 months of professional work. A Drexel Co-op experience connects them with industry leaders and brings their cooperative education experiences back into the classroom. Because of this, Drexel students graduate having already built a professional network, and they typically receive higher starting salaries than their counterparts from other schools.

Through the co-op program:

  • Students choose from more than 1,600 employers in 30 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 47 countries, or conduct an independent search.
  • Students obtain positions with major corporations such as Amazon, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Comcast Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross, Johnson & Johnson, and Lockheed Martin.
  • Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center provides students with invaluable resources, including career counseling, workshops, career fairs, résumé reviews, and co-op support.
  • Co-op students are entrusted with projects vital to the day-to-day functioning of the workplace.
  • The majority of co-ops are paid and of those that are paid, the median paid six-month co-op salary is more than $16,000. For more detailed information, including co-op salaries by major, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center's Salary Guide webpage.

To learn more about the cooperative education program, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website.