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

Co-op Experiences

  • Will Culbertson

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    7/11/2019 9:15:04 AM

    Boeing co-op Will Culbertson talks about his work on a wide-body Boeing jet.

  • Hunter Kippen

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    3/6/2019 2:48:48 PM

    Hunter Kippen worked as a member of the cloud services team at OSIsoft Software Company in Philadelphia.

  • DeShaye Carter

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    1/18/2019 10:49:59 AM

    DeShaye Carter, president of Drexel's National Society of Black Engineers, was a desktop support engineer at eMoney Advisor in Radnor.

  • Gabe Grajewski

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    12/10/2018 11:48:35 AM

    For his co-op at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gabe Grajewski conducted research for the Division of Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation.

  • Drexel students at co-op in Korea

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    11/14/2018 1:17:45 PM

    Spotlighting two College of Engineering undergraduates whose co-ops this past summer took them to South Korea for nanomaterials research.

  • Dami Bolarin

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    10/24/2018 10:21:34 AM

    Oluwadamilola “Dami” Bolarin is completing his second co-op cycle under the guidance of Professor Giuseppe R. Palmese in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

  • Alejandro Gutierrez-Perez

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    6/11/2018 8:56:55 AM

    Alejandro Gutiérrez-Pérez completed his co-op at the College of Engineering under the guidance of Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Jonathan Spanier.

  • Molly Cuka

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    5/11/2018 2:21:00 PM

    In our third installment, we introduce Molly Cuka, whose co-op with Boeing ran from September 2017 to this past March. She is still working part-time for the company.

  • Maria Natalia Noriega Pedraza

    A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    3/19/2018 9:25:00 AM

    The College of Engineering highlights the Drexel cooperative program in which students fulfill six-month internships in fields of their choosing to gain experience and to see how they like the work. This month, CoE introduces Maria Natalia Noriega Pedraza, who completed a dual-program co-op in France and in Germany.

  • A Day in the Life of a Co-op

    2/1/2018 12:16:00 PM

    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?