The Benefits of Co-op The benefits of Drexel Co-op are obvious. Drexel students have the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to the real world while still undergraduates, and they're likely to be more competitive for career-level positions than peers from other institutions when they graduate. They also have the practical foundation needed to gain entry to some of the top graduate schools in the country. In the short-term, co-op earnings serve as an additional source of income, which may be used to help pay for tuition or living expenses. Earnings vary depending on the co-op position, its location, and the duration of co-op employment (anywhere from 3 to 18 months). Co-op continues to benefit graduates over the course of their careers. Because they have gained real-world professional skills, Drexel graduates are often hired at a higher salary level than most college graduates.