Co-op for Biology Majors
Although not required for biological sciences majors, the Drexel Co-op program allows students to gain up to 18 months of valuable, résumé-enhancing experience in their discipline. For students planning on pursuing advanced degrees in the biological sciences or careers in research, co-op is essential for career development. There is no better way to gain real-world experience than by working at some of the leading academic and industry labs, acquiring techniques and contacts for their careers after Drexel.
Thinking of medicine instead? Co-op is still a highly recommended experience. Gaining an understanding of what it takes to bring research discoveries from bench to bedside is invaluable for anyone contemplating medicine. The benefit of co-op is also more immediate. Medical schools are looking for applicants who have real-world experiences. Drexel co-op sets our pre-med students apart in experience and skill development in critical thinking and communication.
All biology majors are eligible for co-op. The following options are available:
Five Year, Three Co-op
This option allows for the greatest amount of employment experience, with three distinct six-month periods of employment. After the start of the sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including the summer.
Four Year, One Co-op
This option includes just one six-month period of full-time employment. After the start of sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including the summer. Note: students enrolling in the BA/BS+MD 4+4 Early Assurance program beginning in 2018 will participate in this option.
Four Year, No Co-op
This option includes no co-op/internship employment. Students are not required to pursue studies during any of the summer terms.
Top Co-op Employers
Biological sciences students conduct co-ops with a variety of industry leaders. These are usually paid research experiences. A sampling of top employers is below.
- AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
- Wistar Institute
- Moss Rehab
- ViroPharma, Inc.
- NovaFlora, Inc.
- Johnson and Johnson
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- ConeTec, Inc.
- Fox Chase Cancer Institute
- Exelon Corporation
Co-op opportunities are also available in research labs within the Department of Biology and other departments throughout Drexel University and the Drexel Medical College.
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There are also a limited number of co-op opportunities abroad. Generally, however, compensation is significantly below U.S. rates.
Learn more about International Co-ops