Experiential Learning & Co-op

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.

Co-op Experiences

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.

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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.

A Day in the Life of a Co-op

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.

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62,685
Average starting salary for engineering graduates with three co-ops
98.7
Percent of engineering students employed on co-op (2016-17)
720
Median weekly salary of paid co-ops