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

A Day in the Life of a Co-op

Most people know about Drexel’s celebrated cooperative program, in which students fulfill six-month internships to see how they like the work. But what, exactly, is that work? What does a co-op student do all day? What are the tasks assigned? And what time is lunch?