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The Drexel Co-op Experience

Steinbright’s powerful combination of co-op and career services is a Drexel advantage for job placement and beyond. Based on a 2017 alumni study, 48 percent of alumni received job offers from previous co-op employers within one year of graduating. These students worked at well-established companies in an array of different industries. Some of these companies include:

Drexel University’s co-op experience is well known to local and international employers because Drexel students are prepared to be exceptional co-ops. The Steinbright Career Development Center also rigorously matches student skills and needs with employers in the Drexel co-op network. This preparation and matching process ensures the best co-op experience for students and employers.

How It Works

Drexel's academic calendar is based on a quarter system. A student's co-op cycle determines which quarters they will participate in the co-op experience. For example, students with a fall/winter co-op cycle will work full-time during the fall and winter quarters, while a student with a spring/summer co-op cycle will work full-time during the spring and summer quarters. Co-op cycles are typically assigned during freshman year.

The number of co-op experiences required for graduation is determined by the student's course of study.

  • Three Co-op Option (Five Years): This option includes three, six-month periods of full-time employment. At the start of the sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including summers.
  • One Co-op Option (Four Years): This option includes just one, six-month period of full-time employment during the junior year. At the start of the sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including summers.
  • No Co-op Option (Four Years): Some programs can be completed in four years without co-op employment. Students are not required to pursue studies during any of the summer terms. Though this option is available, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the co-op program, a key benefit of a Drexel education!
  • For more information about the Drexel co-op program, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Entrepreneurs on Drexel Co-op

Entrepreneurship students are not limited to the entrepreneurship co-op. Students at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship have secured positions in established companies in the Philadelphia area and across the United States. In fact:

  • 91.5% of entrepreneurship co-op students were employed while on co-op in 2017.
  • Entrepreneurship students reported earning a median weekly income of $660 during 2017-2018.

Click here to view an infographic about entrepreneurship students on co-op with additional statistics on the Drexel co-op experience as a whole.