Frequently Asked Questions
What is Graduate Co-op?
Through the Graduate Co-op program, students gain the opportunity to obtain six months of work experience directly related to their major in place of two class terms.
How do I enroll in the program, and when do I need to declare a Graduate Co-op track?
Interested students should email the Graduate Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to enroll in the program before arriving on campus. Once students are on campus, they should contact their graduate academic advisor to declare a Graduate Co-op concentration. Students will have until the end of the fall course add/drop period to declare their concentration.
Who can participate?
Full-time on-campus master's-level students enrolled in the eligible programs. International students are also eligible to participate.
How much does it cost?
While on Graduate Co-op, students will pay the graduate University fee. Participants earn Drexel Co-op Units, which are non-academic credits, and must maintain full-time student status while participating.
Will I be paid during co-op?
The majority of co-op opportunities are paid positions. However, compensation is driven by industry demand.
Where will I work?
Most graduate co-op positions are within the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area, but there are opportunities nationally and internationally.
How do I find a job?
Students will be enrolled in a 10-week Graduate Co-op class to learn the essential skills necessary to conduct a successful job search. In addition, the Steinbright Career Development Center maintains a database/recruiting system to support students participating in the Graduate Co-op program, which includes job opportunities with employer partners. Students are also encouraged to work closely with their co-op coordinator to develop a job search strategy using the additional resources like the Career Guides and Going Global.
How is the program structured? What is the job search process timeline?
Students enrolled in the Graduate Co-op program by the end of the course add/drop period of the fall term will have a summer/fall co-op, which means they will be on co-op during the summer and fall quarters. View the academic calendar for information about term start and end dates.
During the fall term of the first year, students will be registered in the COOP 500 course, which will cover résumé development, job search planning and professionalism behaviors. At the start of the winter term, students will meet with their co-op coordinator for an introduction to the job search database and résumé review. Meetings will occur within the first three weeks and students will then gain access to the job search database to review and apply for available positions. Employers will select candidates from the database to interview. Simultaneously, students are encouraged to conduct a job search beyond the database for opportunities.
What happens if I can't find a job?
The Steinbright Career Development Center cannot guarantee Co-op employment. Students who do not find a co-op opportunity will have to withdraw from the Graduate Co-op concentration they selected.
Do I need previous work experience to participate?
While any work/volunteer experience is beneficial, it is not required. Steinbright will work with students to develop a strong résumé and job search strategies.
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