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.
Julia McCree has found the right co-op for her at one of the country’s largest transportation providers.
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.
Materials science and engineering major Brennan Coleman is using his co-op experience to expand on research he has already done on campus.
A co-op at Merck is giving three students an inside look at the long road that vaccines take from conception to patient delivery.
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.
Drexel Engineering students Shannon Simcox and Samuel Vaughan are learning how the Pennsylvania company creates their signature products.
Computer Engineering student Jui Hanamshet returns to Microsoft Corporation with a work experience turned remote.
Mechanical Engineering student Sarah Clancy begins her co-op experience launching rockets as an essential employee with Safran Aerospace.
Mechanical Engineering student Justin Lee channels his passion for automotive racing at BMW’s Open Innovation Department.
Things have changed in the workplace for many, but work is still needed and the insights are real.
Environmental engineering senior Marina D’Souza discusses cross-cultural encounters during her time in the Drexel co-op program.
A student in the peace engineering program talks about her experience in Engineers Without Borders.