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Co-ops for Physics Majors

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their resumes and building a professional network in the process. Co-op is the “Ultimate Internship” and was introduced at Drexel in 1919 as one of the first models of its kind; the program has become integral to the University's educational experience.

The co-op program plays a vital part in the student learning experience. Most of our majors participate in research co-ops, both here and elsewhere, graduating with invaluable first-hand insight into their careers.

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What Physics Students are saying about Co-op

Drexel Physics Student Emily Harkness

“My co-op experience has been fantastic! Through co-op, I've discovered a lot about my own ambitions while learning about what it's really like to do research. While it's often frustrating in the moment to deal with roadblocks in research, I realize looking back that I've accomplished so much in a short period of time. ”
- Emily Harkness, BS Physics '20

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Drexel Physics Student James Minock

“My co-ops have been excellent experiences! I have learned much regarding nuclear and particle physics and even more about the general research experience. I loved being able to apply problem-solving in a practical setting and being a part of a team so interested in this field. These experiences confirmed for me that I want to spend the rest of my life involved with physics, and that I plan on moving forward to graduate school. ”
- James Minock, BS Physics '20

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Drexel Physics Student Johannes Wagner “I’ve had a lot of extremely positive experiences with my co-ops, all of which were research based. I think what I like most with Drexel’s co-op system is the opportunity to try many different things. I did research with a different team for each of my co-ops and I think that gave me a very good overview of how particle physics research works on a broader scale. The research culture in physics is very welcoming and even though it might seem intimidating at first, people are always happy to help you out. I can definitely say that these experiences strengthened my aspiration to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD in the field!”
- Johannes Wagner, BS Physics '20

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Drexel Physics Student Eesha Das Gupta “My first co-op with Professor Karapetrov was very helpful in broadening my scope of physics research. The intersections between condensed matter physics, chemistry, and chemical and material science engineering gave me a broader perspective and helped me fine-tune my work interests.
My second co-op was at AmeriQuest Business Services in Cherry Hill, NJ as a programmer intern in IT, and it helped me identify industrial applications of a physics education. I am planning on going to grad school, but the co-op program helped me explore alternatives to research, in case I ever need to move to industry.!”
- Eesha Das Gupta, BS Physics '19

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Drexel Physics Student Riley Stanford “My biggest project while on co-op at Lockheed Martin took me two months to do; I had to find the problem and implement a fix in the code,” she says. "It was very much like untangling a pair of headphones you find in your pocket — you keep finding more and more problems — but it was very cool. The first day I got the fix working, I ran up and down the hall telling my cubemates. It left me feeling like I had learned something and made an impact at my co-op.”
- Riley Stanford, BS Physics '19

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Drexel Physics Student Mark Giovnazzi

“The co-op program has treated me phenomenally, and I feel that I have gotten the most out of the program. I have done research in computational astronomy and astroparticle physics at Drexel, experimental cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania, and radar technologies and electronic warfare at Lockheed Martin. I learned not only about how physics research is structured, but also about the nature of research across other disciplines. Through my experiences, I have networked with graduate students, researchers, scientists and faculty from all over the world, many of whom have helped me tremendously as both a student and a person. ”
- Mark Giovinazzi, BS Physics (Astrophysics Concentration) '18

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Recent Co-op Employers

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Aeroflex Control Components, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • AmeriQuest Business Services
  • Analytical Graphics, Inc.
  • Applied Informatics Group (AIG)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Bayada Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Benjamin's Desk
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Company
  • Certainteed Corporation
  • Charter High School for Architecture & Design
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Constitution High School
  • CoreLab Partners
  • Drexel University
  • Drugscan
  • DSG, Inc.
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Gemalto
  • Global Citizen
  • Haddon Township High School
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • IBM
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Innovative Defense Technologies
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kieran Timberlake
  • Lantium, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lupus Foundation of America- Philadelphia Tri State Chapter
  • Micro-Coax
  • Military Commitment - ROTC
  • Monitoring Analytics
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Radio Astronomy Obs.
  • NAVAIR
  • Pearson VUE
  • PEI Genesis
  • Penn State University
  • PFIT, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • Princeton Plasma Physics
  • Princeton University
  • Protiro, Inc.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SAP America
  • Sparks Exhibit and Environments
  • Susquehanna International Group, LLP
  • Temple University
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Universal Technical Resource Services Inc
  • Universidad de Murcia
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • weServe Program
  • Woodward McCoach Inc.

Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.


Undergraduate Advising

Chuck McNally

Charles McNally

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | cdm27@drexel.edu

Contact

David Goldberg, PhD

David Goldberg, PhD
Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies in Physics
Disque Hall, 801
32 S. 32nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2715 | goldberg@drexel.edu