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Research Co-op

Inquiry and Investigation Leading the Way to Innovation

Students looking toward a career in research, preparing for graduate school or who simply want to become more knowledgeable in their field benefit from participating in a research co-op. Students participating in research co-ops experience a growth in their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Research co-op opportunities are available through multiple disciplines, including biological science, information technology, communication, religion, history, engineering and the arts. In addition, students have the option of working in an academic, industry or non-profit setting, depending on their area of interest.

In the 2013-14 academic year, students participated in 750 research oriented co-ops in a mix of industry, academic, and non-profit settings, representing over 12% of student work experiences for the year. Employers offering research experience include Johnson & Johnson, Fox Chase Cancer Center, GlaxoSmithKline, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, the USDA, and the faculty of Drexel University, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Drexel University and its faculty are committed to innovation and research, offering over 160 research co-op experiences to students in 2013-14 alone. Through Drexel's Research Co-op Program, cooperative education students gain hands-on research experience while working with a Drexel faculty mentor. Through the Office of the Provost and the Steinbright Career Development Center, Drexel faculty can apply for funding to facilitate research co-op opportunities. In the 2013-14 academic year, 21 projects were funded. Faculty are encouraged to review the eligibility requirements and application instructions for Drexel's Research Co-op Program to learn more.

If you are considering a research co-op, a proactive job search is important in finding a position that fits your interests and field of study. Contact Steinbright for more information.