Department Co-ops

Drexel University’s co-op program is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected in the world. Students have a chance to “test drive” various careers by alternating between periods of classroom study and full-time employment in six-month stretches. The majority of students in ECE choose the five-year program and graduate with 18 months of full-time work experience, and often with a job offer.

The top employers for ECE student co-ops are AT&T Mobility, the CIA, Comcast, Lockheed martin, NAVSEA, and the US Federal Aviation Administration; for CE, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology, Inc. National Board of Medical Examiners, Susquehanna International Group.

Co-op opportunities and placements are handled through the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Graduate Co-ops

Drexel's long tradition in the field of experiential education has been extended into its master's programs in the College of Engineering. This program offers students a unique and proven opportunity to earn relevant and valuable professional, experience at top-rated companies while still in school.

Students pursuing MS degree programs administered by the ECE Department have participated in graduate co-op opportunities at such companies as: Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Alcatel-Lucent, Comcast, Juniper Networks, Motorola, PECO and Qualcomm.

Graduate co-op experiences are employment opportunities that directly relate to a student's academic program. These temporary employment opportunities last 2 quarters. Participation in the graduate co-op program is optional and open to all students pursuing MS degree programs administered by the ECE Department. As the Graduate Coop Program has recently undergone an extensive overhaul, students are encouraged to review the Steinbright Career Development Center's Graduate Coop Program Page to review specific details of the program.

Gabrielle Madden, ECE ’19

“There are so many different aspects of electrical engineering – circuit design, control theory, power grid, buildings systems, micro-scale electronics, etc. I knew the co-op program would allow me to try out the fields and decide for sure what I liked.”

Gabrielle Madden, ECE ’19, Co-op: Woodward McCoach, Inc.