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Co-op Opportunities

Classroom learning, research, projects, papers, and exams are all critical to your academic pursuits. But to complete your education — to set you apart from other graduates — you should also gain experience in your chosen field. With Drexel Co-op, one of the oldest and most expansive university cooperative education programs in the world, you can gain up to 18 months of résumé-enhancing experience by the time you graduate.

Drexel Co-op is based on employment in practical, major-related positions consistent with your interests and abilities. The benefits are obvious. Before graduation, you will have already test driven up to three different potential careers within your field of study. While on co-op, you'll develop a real-world perspective that you can share with your professors and classmates when you return. And after graduation, this experience pays off: recent graduates from Drexel typically receive a higher starting salary than graduates from other universities. Some other facts about Drexel Co-op:

  • Students have worked with more than 1,600 co-op employers in 30 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 47 countries, or conduct an independent search.
  • Students can earn positions with major corporations such as Amazon, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Comcast Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross, Johnson & Johnson, and Lockheed Martin.
  • Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center provides students with invaluable resources, including career counseling, workshops, career fairs, résumé reviews, and support on co-op.
  • Co-op students are entrusted with projects vital to the day-to-day functioning of the workplace.
  • The majority of co-ops are paid and of those that are paid, the median paid six-month co-op salary is more than $16,000. For more detailed information, including co-op salaries by major, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center's Salary Guide webpage.

Your Guide to Drexel Co-op

Halima: From Co-op to Career

Halima Olapade's dedication to making the most of her cooperative education experiences was rewarded with a job offer from Google.