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.
Matt Wiese ’18, a mechanical engineering B.S./M.S. junior, spent a six-month co-op at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center research lab helping to design ground-support equipment. Cooperative education enables students to balance theory with practical experience.
What does a co-op student do all day? What are the tasks assigned? And what time is lunch? Meet Maria Natalia Noriega Pedraza, who completed a dual-program co-op in France and in Germany, and learn what our co-ops do during their eight-hour shifts.