MS Student in Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business (IBEB), Graduate Co-op Option
Co-op Employer: Lockheed Martin
What sparked your interest in choosing Drexel and the graduate co-op experience?
For me, the nearby location, local reputation, and numerous acquaintance recommendations, as well as the advantages of having a entire School for Biomedical Engineering. Specifically, I sought a graduate co-op experience. Multiple times when seeking jobs, I found that companies had created roles for Drexel co-ops.
What did your co-op experience entail?
I researched and analyzed Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques for defense applications.
Was there a clinical project or aspect to your co-op? If so, how did you choose your project?
I was given general parameters, tool options, and a goal. From there, I came up with a combined conclusion to compare with their current efforts.
What impressed you the most about your graduate co-op experience?
What impressed me most was the amount of respect I received within the company. I was always taken seriously and treated as if I was a full-time employee.
The amount of autonomy I was given on the project also impressed me. I was able to draw my own conclusions, as well as present and discuss my own findings.
What one piece of advice would you give to encourage other Biomed graduate students to pursue doing a graduate co-op?
Treat the co-op as a tryout for the position or company you to which you aspire. If you complete the requirements and get along with your colleagues, there’s a good chance you can secure a full-time position. Figure out your goals, and pursue them with tenacity.