Engineering Co-op Program at Drexel

Cooperative education at Drexel enables undergraduate students to balance classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. Students alternate classes with full-time employment through University-approved employers. Generally, students are on co-op for a six-month period, alternating with six months of classroom study. Cooperative education at Drexel is a degree requirement for most majors.

Drexel has responded to the burgeoning global market by providing students with the opportunity to gain international exposure through co-op. International co-op provides students with the experience of working in the global economy and the opportunity to develop relevant cross-cultural skills in an increasingly global society.

For more information, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center, which is responsible for coordinating the university’s co-op program.

Average starting salary for engineering graduates with three co-ops
Percent of engineering students employed on co-op (2016-17)
Median weekly salary of paid co-ops

Drexel Engineering Co-ops

The uncertainty of COVID-19 has impacted all areas of the U.S. economy. In 2020-21, Drexel Engineering students had their co-op work experiences change from their prior experiences or even from the role they interviewed for just a few months earlier.

  • Young woman standing in front of Amtrak station

    A Co-op On the Right Track

    7/15/2021 3:30:13 PM

    Julia McCree has found the right co-op for her at one of the country’s largest transportation providers.

  • Three students in front of a sign that says Hargrove Engineers

    One Company, Many Co-op Paths

    7/14/2021 11:47:00 AM

    Bryan O’Toole, Meghan Wickersham and Daniel Inglis have found the same employer for their co-ops, but it’s helping each of them achieve a different goal.

  • Student working in engineering lab

    A Materials Co-Op Uncovers that Collaboration is the Way

    7/13/2021 11:28:00 AM

    Materials science and engineering major Brennan Coleman is using his co-op experience to expand on research he has already done on campus.

  • Person getting injection

    Behind the Scenes of Vaccine Development

    11/11/2020 9:50:10 AM

    A co-op at Merck is giving three students an inside look at the long road that vaccines take from conception to patient delivery.

  • Student wearing Tango Belt

    A Co-Op That Can Save Lives

    11/10/2020 11:12:27 AM

    Brendan Tyrell, a second year mechanical engineering student, is spending his first co-op experience working with a company that hopes to protect millions of elderly people from falls.

  • Engineering students in front of Crayola building

    Colorful Co-ops at Crayola

    10/28/2020 3:38:12 PM

    Drexel Engineering students Shannon Simcox and Samuel Vaughan are learning how the Pennsylvania company creates their signature products.

  • Jui Hanamshet

    Microsoft Co-op Promotes Exploration

    8/4/2020 9:47:40 AM

    Computer Engineering student Jui Hanamshet returns to Microsoft Corporation with a work experience turned remote.

  • Sarah Clancy

    An Essential Co-op Employee

    8/3/2020 4:35:41 PM

    Mechanical Engineering student Sarah Clancy begins her co-op experience launching rockets as an essential employee with Safran Aerospace.

  • Justin Lee

    International Co-op from Home

    8/4/2020 8:43:34 AM

    Mechanical Engineering student Justin Lee channels his passion for automotive racing at BMW’s Open Innovation Department.

  • Masen Kasper

    Co-op During COVID

    7/20/2020 10:46:00 AM

    Things have changed in the workplace for many, but work is still needed and the insights are real.

  • BS Senior Spotlight: Cultural Learning Through Co-Op

    6/9/2020 5:44:40 PM

    Environmental engineering senior Marina D’Souza discusses cross-cultural encounters during her time in the Drexel co-op program.

  • Engineering students on an assessment trip in San Luis de Yacupungo, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

    A Co-op Pivot Creates Opportunities for Peace

    4/15/2020 4:44:16 PM

    A student in the peace engineering program talks about her experience in Engineers Without Borders.

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