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Cooperative Education

Founded in 1919, Drexel's cooperative education program was one of the first of its kind, and it continues to be among the largest and most renowned.

Drexel Co-op provides professional employment experiences for students, giving them the opportunity to test-drive a career before they enter the workforce. The benefits are obvious—during their time at Drexel, students can participate in up to three different co-ops, which equals 18 months of professional work. A Drexel Co-op experience connects them with industry leaders and brings their cooperative education experiences back into the classroom. Because of this, Drexel students graduate having already built a professional network and are positioned to lead the workforce of tomorrow.

Through the co-op program:

  • Students choose from more than 1,650 employers in 28 states (plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and 35 countries, or conduct an independent search for an employer of their own.
  • Students obtain 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 co-op support.
  • Co-op students are entrusted with projects vital to the day-to-day functioning of the workplace.
  • The majority of co-ops are full-time and paid, and those that are carry a median six-month salary of over $19,000. For more detailed information, including co-op salaries by major, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center's Salary Guide webpage.

To learn more about the cooperative education program, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website.