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A Visual Journey Through the Decades of the Drexel Co-op

December 13, 2019

An undated photo of students waiting to be interviewed on campus for co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of students waiting to be interviewed on campus for co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.

This is one of a regular series profiling the Drexel Co-op program, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019-2020.

How can the 100-year-old history of Drexel University’s seminal and innovative co-op program be represented visually?

Between Drexel University Archives and the Steinbright Career Development Center, there are lots and lots of photos related to the Drexel Co-op. Decades’ worth of photos, even.

These pictures, published below in not-exactly chronological order, offer a portal back in time to showcase what different generations of Drexel students were doing on co-op. What’s more, they showcase the professional options and opportunities that may or may not have been available to previous generations of Dragons.

The early photos were obtained through University Archives, and they were often arranged by a publicity office of Drexel and/or a co-op employer. The photos from the 21st century were submitted by students themselves through Steinbright’s co-op photo contest.

An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An informational booth promoting Drexel's retail management co-op in 1938. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An informational booth promoting Drexel's retail management co-op in 1938. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

A retail management co-op at Philadelphia’s John Wanamaker Department Store in 1941. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A retail management co-op at Philadelphia’s John Wanamaker Department Store in 1941. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Excerpts from “Careers For You — Drexel Institute of Technology: Co-operative Education” poster, circa 1945. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Excerpts from “Careers For You — Drexel Institute of Technology: Co-operative Education” poster, circa 1945. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Excerpts from “Careers For You — Drexel Institute of Technology: Co-operative Education” poster, circa 1945. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Excerpts from “Careers For You — Drexel Institute of Technology: Co-operative Education” poster, circa 1945. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Drexel Institute of Technology President James Creese, far right, and three other men look at a poster outlining the Drexel co-op program in 1951.
Drexel Institute of Technology President James Creese, far right, and three other men look at a poster outlining the Drexel co-op program in 1951.
 

Undated photo believed to be from 1951 taken of a display at Lit Brothers, a department store located at North 8th and Market streets from 1891–1977. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Undated photo believed to be from 1951 taken of a display at Lit Brothers, a department store located at North 8th and Market streets from 1891–1977. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Undated College of Home Economics promotional brochure. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Undated College of Home Economics promotional brochure. Photo courtesy University Archives.

Excerpt from “Part-Time Scholar,” Better Living: Employee Magazine of E. I. Du Pont Nemours & Co., September¬–October 1957. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Excerpt from “Part-Time Scholar,” Better Living: Employee Magazine of E. I. Du Pont Nemours & Co., September¬–October 1957. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Excerpt from “Part-Time Scholar,” Better Living: Employee Magazine of E. I. Du Pont Nemours & Co., September¬–October 1957. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Excerpt from “Part-Time Scholar,” Better Living: Employee Magazine of E. I. Du Pont Nemours & Co., September¬–October 1957. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Undated photo of students on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Undated photo of students on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

A co-op student with U.S. Navy ships in the background in 1978. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A co-op student with U.S. Navy ships in the background in 1978. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Students doing land surveys on co-op, circa the 1980s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Students doing land surveys on co-op, circa the 1980s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

A student on co-op in 1982. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A student on co-op in 1982. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

A Drexel student changing the mainframe computer tapes while on co-op in 1982. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A Drexel student changing the mainframe computer tapes while on co-op in 1982. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Students on co-op at Ford Motor Co., circa the 1980s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Students on co-op at Ford Motor Co., circa the 1980s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a student on co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An undated photo of a Drexel co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a Drexel co-op. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An undated photo of a Drexel co-op at the Franklin Institute. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a Drexel co-op at the Franklin Institute. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

A scene from a Drexel co-op in an undated photo. Photo courtesy University Archives.
A scene from a Drexel co-op in an undated photo. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Drexel University President Richard Breslin, center back row with bow tie, with Drexel students at a co-op awards ceremony. The photo is undated; Breslin presided over Drexel from 1988–1994. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Drexel University President Richard Breslin, center back row with bow tie, with Drexel students at a co-op awards ceremony. The photo is undated; Breslin presided over Drexel from 1988–1994. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

An undated photo of a Drexel student being interviewed for a co-op position, circa the 1990s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
An undated photo of a Drexel student being interviewed for a co-op position, circa the 1990s. Photo courtesy University Archives.
 

Daniel Lofaro, BS/MS ’08, PhD ’13, an electrical and computer engineering major in the College of Engineering who worked as a co-op at the HUBO Lab at KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology) in South Korea, submitted this photo to Steinbright’s co-op photo contest in 2008. He wrote, “Me giving a presentation to young grade school students from the countryside of South Korea. The robot standing to my right is named Albert Hubo because he has the face of the famous physicists Albert Einstein.” Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.
Daniel Lofaro, BS/MS ’08, PhD ’13, an electrical and computer engineering major in the College of Engineering who worked as a co-op at the HUBO Lab at KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology) in South Korea, submitted this photo to Steinbright’s co-op photo contest in 2008. He wrote, “Me giving a presentation to young grade school students from the countryside of South Korea. The robot standing to my right is named Albert Hubo because he has the face of the famous physicists Albert Einstein.” Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.
  

Michael Ferrino, BS ’13, MS ’16, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering who completed a co-op at NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, submitted this photo to Steinbright’s co-op photo contest in 2009. He wrote, “Me in front of another one of my engineering projects...the doors of the Verticle Assembly Building.” Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.
Michael Ferrino, BS ’13, MS ’16, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering who completed a co-op at NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, submitted this photo to Steinbright’s co-op photo contest in 2009. He wrote, “Me in front of another one of my engineering projects...the doors of the Verticle Assembly Building.” Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.

Araks Ohanyan ’15, a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, worked on a co-op in Mexico focused on the reintroduction of scarlet macaws. This was taken on her first day of work. She submitted this photo to the 2015 co-op photo contest. Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.
Araks Ohanyan ’15, a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, worked on a co-op in Mexico focused on the reintroduction of scarlet macaws. This was taken on her first day of work. She submitted this photo to the 2015 co-op photo contest. Photo courtesy Steinbright Career Development Center.
 

For the 2017 co-op photo contest, Samuella Takyi-Buachie ’18, a finance and marketing major in the LeBow College of Business, submitted this photo to the 2018 co-op photo contest, captioned “typical day at Google.”
For the 2017 co-op photo contest, Samuella Takyi-Buachie ’18, a finance and marketing major in the LeBow College of Business, submitted this photo to the 2018 co-op photo contest, captioned “typical day at Google.”
 

For the most recent 2019 co-op photo contest, Johnny Zhu ’19, a fifth-year marketing student in the LeBow College of Business, submitted this photo of him posing under solar-powered “supertrees” in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. He completed a co-op at Strategic Public Relations Group in the country.
For the most recent 2019 co-op photo contest, Johnny Zhu ’19, a fifth-year marketing student in the LeBow College of Business, submitted this photo of him posing under solar-powered “supertrees” in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. He completed a co-op at Strategic Public Relations Group in the country.

About the Drexel Co-op program: Nearly all eligible undergraduate students at Drexel University participate in the co-op program, balancing full-time classes and up to three different, six-month-long work experiences during their time at Drexel. Students can choose from hundreds of employers across the country and globally — plus endless possibilities through self-arranged opportunities.