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Become a Graduate Co-op Employer

Drexel University allows graduate students to enrich their master's studies while simultaneously gaining employment experience related to their career goals. Graduate students can alternate coursework with one six-month co-op employment experience through this option. 

How the Graduate Co-op Program Works

Graduate students on co-op work full-time for 32–40 hours a week in paid positions while they are not taking classes. Some students accept unpaid co-ops where they work part-time for 20 hours a week. 

Job descriptions will be reviewed by the Employer Relations team, and once approved, your company will be assigned a co-op coordinator to partner with before and during the co-op experience. Your co-op coordinator will send you login information for our co-op management system, SCDConline, where an employer account will be created to allow you to post your position.

Basic Program Requirements

The following must be present during your co-op student's experience with your company:

Supervision

Students are expected to gain practical experience in their field of study and should have a mentor and/or supervisor who has expertise in the same or a similar field.

Hours

Students in a full-time paid position generally work 40 hours per week. The full-time minimum requirement is 32 hours per week.

Location 

Students are expected to work at the employer's office or project location, not at home or from an employer's home office.

Benefits

While working, co-op students are considered to be full-time students and retain their regular health insurance plan. Any benefits such as vacation days or paid holidays are at the discretion of the employer.

Classification 

The employer determines the proper classification for the student; however, Steinbright does not support co-op students being hired as independent contractors.

Equipment 

Employers are required to provide the technology, software, and/or equipment the student will need to perform their job.

More Information

For more information about the Graduate Co-op program and participating majors, contact the Employer Relations team at hireadragon@drexel.edu. You can also view important dates and deadlines for Graduate Co-op employers.