Cooperative Education: Progress
July 1, 2013 Update
Co-operative education has been Drexel’s signature for nearly a century, and this unique brand of experiential learning is more relevant than ever for students today. The Strategic Plan reaffirms Drexel’s commitment to co-op and mandates that the University re-imagine co-op in the context of a modern urban university.
International Co-op Opportunities
The Drexel Co-op introduced marketing materials promoting many new global co-op experiences including China, Australia, Germany and New Zealand. Steinbright Career Development Center hired an international co-op coordinator to facilitate international placements, and a new international co-op website is attracting significant interest from students.
The Close School of Entrepreneurship is growing the entrepreneurship co-op program, designed so that students with their own companies may work for that company for a credit-bearing co-op funded by the Close Foundation. Applicants are carefully screened and assigned a mentor/advisor for the 6-month co-op. The student companies may be housed in the Baiada Institute, and must establish milestones and submit monthly reports.
LeBow College of Business is introducing co-op into the full-time MBA program this year through a program in which full-time MBA students will compete for three-month summer co-op opportunities with CEO-level executives. The College has secured commitments for the C-Suite Co-Op from eBay, CISCO, Santa Clara (Calif.) Valley Transit Authority, SAP, Urban Outfitters, World Trade Center of Philadelphia, The Morning Star Company in Sacramento and Involvio in New York.