Graduate Co-op

What is Graduate Co-Op?

Drexel is world renowned for its co-operative education program. At the graduate level, the optional co-op is geared towards developing applied skillsets by bringing classroom learning into a professional environment while earning a Master’s degree. The work experience provides invaluable insights into industry or research as a profession, expands professional networks and builds your resume.

Graduate co-op is typically a three to six-month engagement with an employer. Students generally get paid for their work ranging from 20-40 hours per week. You will seek your position opportunities with the resources and connections available through our Steinbright Career Development Center

Some program highlights include:

  • Opportunity to earn money gain professional experience as an engineer
  • Students may work in a lab to gain valuable research skills
  • Most positions are paid, and most are fulltime
  • Average weekly pay is around $600 per week and up to $1360
  • International students - considered CPT and does not affect OPT

Examples of recent employers include Tesla, Inc. Janssen Research and Development, SEPTA, Dunmore International Corp, Black Knight Financial Services, Merck, Jaros Baum & Bolles, Philadelphia Water Department and many others.

Graduate co-op is available to full-time on-campus master's-level students enrolled to start in the Fall term in one of the following programs:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Internet of Things
  • Engineering Management
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Robotics and Autonomy

A professional development training course is required, COOP 501, offered by the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC). All students interested in co-op take this course in the fall of their first year.  It includes professional development skills, resume writing, job searching and networking.  Currently the co-op experience is only offered in the Summer and Fall terms. The co-op option for full-time students can be completed in 21 months.

  Fall Winter Spring Summer
Year 1 9 credits 9 credits 9 credits Co-op
Year 2 Co-op 9 credits 9 credits  

SCDC maintains a database and recruiting system to facilitate students participating in co-op. Many graduate students also pursue their own target positions to achieve their specific career goals. Positions are not guaranteed.

After earning her undergraduate degree in management information systems, Zoe Weiner, MS cybersecurity ’23, knew that she wanted a graduate program with real-world work experience in addition to classroom training.

Exposing the Possibilities with Graduate Co-op

After earning her undergraduate degree in management information systems, Zoe Weiner, MS cybersecurity ’23, knew that she wanted a graduate program with real-world work experience in addition to classroom training.

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