Department Co-ops

Drexel University has been a pioneer in cooperative education since 1919 - operating one of the largest cooperative education programs in the nation.  Over 1,500 business, industrial, governmental, and other institutions "cooperate" with Drexel in offering students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in employment related to college studies.

Materials students at Drexel University have gained valuable first-hand experience at a range of companies in the U.S. and abroad and are among the highest paid co-op students at Drexel. In fact, many co-ops have turned into full time jobs after graduation.

Graduate Co-ops

Graduate Co-ops are six-month engagements with employers in a student’s chosen industry. This program offers a unique and proven opportunity to earn valuable professional experience that is directly relevant to the academic program and serves to expand professional networks and enhance résumés. Participation in the graduate co-op program is optional and open to all students pursuing non-thesis MS degree programs administered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. MS students in the co-op option take a full-time course load during their first three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring), then complete a six-month full-time position in industry over the Summer/Fall quarters, before finishing course work in the following Winter and Spring quarters. Students enroll in COOP 500 in their first Fall quarter to hone their professional development skills to fulfill the requirements of the co-op program. Students are encouraged to review the Steinbright Career Development Center's Graduate Coop Program Page to review specific details of the program.

Materials Co-op Employers 2012 - 2017

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Materials Co-ops Abroad

Drexel Materials students have participated in co-op placements around the world including:

Map of Materials co-ops abroad
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom