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Go Pro Before You Graduate

While many of us may have dreamed of a career as a professional athlete in our younger years, the cold, hard reality eventually hits: most of us are not destined for the starting lineup, or even the bench. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the big game.

With professional teams in all the major American sports — football, basketball, baseball, and hockey — Philadelphia is an ideal location for sports lovers (as long as you’re cheering for the home team and you don’t mind frequent heartbreaks). Not only is it easy to be a fan with all the stadiums in South Philly right off the Broad Street subway line, it also makes it easy to get to work while you’re on co-op.

Drexel Co-op has partnerships with the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers, who offer positions that are applicable to a number of majors, including communication, business, sport management, and entertainment and arts management. In the past, students have worked for the franchises in fields like promotions, marketing, accounting, live events, and public relations. You might not be playing in the game, but you could be on the field or behind the scenes making sure the game goes on, the mascot looks good, and that the fans are having the best possible experience. It sounds like work, but it also sounds like fun.

The opportunity through co-op for students to build their résumés and networks in the real world before graduation is a differentiating factor that can be a real foot in the door when applying for jobs post graduation. A number of students are even offered jobs through their co-op employers or networking connections because they’ve already proven themselves during their co-op experiences. So, if you want to find yourself at the game, you might just find yourself at work. Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center’s website to learn more about the benefits of Drexel Co-op.