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Custom-Designed Majors and Co-Op

Most Custom-Designed Majors (CSDN) participate in Drexel's outstanding co-op program. Co-op, short for cooperative education, is a program that balances classroom theory with periods of practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. Through the co-op program, CSDN students are able to alternate academic study with full-time employment, gaining valuable practical experience.

Drexel offers two co-op programs: the five-year program with three co-op experiences and the four year with one co-op experience. CSDN students choose which plan works best for them during the application process and build their academic plan accordingly. Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center reviews CSDN students Vision Statement and assigns a co-op advisor who best aligns with the student’s interests and industry. A student's co-op advisor works with them throughout their co-op job search and while on the job.

CSDN students have pursued co-op opportunities:

  • Internationally working in Singapore, Greece, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Equitorial Guinea, South Korea, and Zambia.
  • Nationally working in New York, Florida, California, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.
  • Regionally in the greater Philadelphia area as well as around the state of Pennsylvania.

Through a variety of co-op positions, students are able to explore different career paths. While some CSDN students are planning for a future in the lab others are aiming for field experience. There are also opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

Co-op Employers and Positions held by CSDN students

Employer Name Job Title 
 10 Media  Digital Content Producer
 5 Star Public Relations  Marketing Analyst Position
 Academic Internship Council  Student Researcher
 Academic Internship Council  Trainer Co-Op
 Academic Internship Council  Biomedical Engineering Co-Op
 Academy of Natural Sciences   Archives Co-Op
 AM Ambrosino Development and Management  Creative Assistant and Manager
 Ambra BioScience LLC  Marketing
 AP Brand Group  Social Media & Talent and Athlete Management
 Ars Nova Workshop  Arts Management
 Art Sphere Inc.  Art Teacher
 Baltz & Company  Publicity Intern
 Balyasny Asset Management  Data Integrity Intern
 Bioko Artisan's Collective   Policy Promotion and Research Assistant 
 Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program  Outreach and Research Assistant
 Bloomberg L.P.  Data Management Technologist
 Bluecadet Interactive  Interactive Developer
 Bluefin Trading  Trading Assistant
 Booz, Allen & Hamilton  Senior Threat Hunter
 Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia  Oncology Focused Health Psychology Intern
 CDM, Inc.  Water Resources Planning
 Change4aDollar  Educational Coach
 Chemical Heritage Foundation  Research Assistant - "Sensing Change" Programatic Initiative
 Chico Flax  Textiles Co-Op
 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia  Clinical Lab Assistant
 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 International Medicine Co-Op
 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Assistant L-I Nursing Education Department Co-Op
 Chondrial Therapeutics Inc.  Internship in Drug Discovery
 Clocky  Broadcast Sales and E-Commerce
 Comcast  Data Quality Co-Op
 Comcast  Business Intelligence Analyst Co-Op
 Comcast  Comcast UX Designer Co-Op
 Cooper University Hospital  Medical Scribe
 Cooper University Hospital
 Associate Nurse Practitioner
 CrossFit  Public Health Research Assistant Co-Op
 Cultural Vistas  Research Co-Op
 DC Beane and Associates Construction Company  Field Engineer and Assistant Co-Op
 Dornsife Development Scholars: World Vision International  Dornsife Global Development Scholar
 Dream Machine Creative  Director of Photography/Editor Apprentice
 Drexel Smart House  Communications, Events, Student Management Co-Op
 Drexel University  Art Director of The Smart Set
 Drexel University
 Research Co-Op - Autonomous Vehicles and Risk Assessment
 Drexel University
 Human Computer Interaction Research Assistant & Developer
 Drexel University
 Marketing & Communications Video Production
 Drexel University
 Research Assistant - Promotional Materials and Archivist
 Drexel University
 CASTLE Media Specialist
 Drexel University
 Urban Ecologist
 Drexel University
 Mobile App Development for Medical Emergencies
 Drexel University
 Assistant Clinic Coordinator
 Drexel University
 International Marketing and Communications Co-Op
 Drexel University
 Digital Fossil Reconstruction Internship
 Drexel University
 Branding Consultancy Research Assistant
 Drexel University
 Civil Innovation Assistant
 Drexel University
 ExCITe Center Assistant
 Drexel University
 Author's Assistant 
 Drexel University
 Sports Nutrition Intern
 Drexel University
 Curatorial Assistant for the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
 Drexel University
 Preventative Conservation Assistant
 Drexel University
 Global Classrooms Research
 Duane Morris LLP  Paralegal Assistant
 Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District  Conservation Engineer
 Elm Three Corporation  Music Production & Management Assistant 
 ESM Productions  Production Drafter 
 EY Intuitive  User Experience Researcher
 Facebook  Product Design Intern
 Fantasy  Design Trainee
 FEGS Health and Human Services  Center 4 Internship
 FIRE  Program Assistant Co-Op
 FIRE  Development Assistant
 Fort Washington Dental Lab   Dental Lab Technician
 The Franklin Institute  Research & Evaluation Assistant
 Gabriela Langone-Freelance Stylist  Stylist Co-Op
 GiantSky  Business Development & Social Media Manager
 Global Development Scholars: World Vision International  Research and Program Assistant
 Goldman, Sachs &Co.  Private Wealth Management Co-Op
 goPuff  Video Production Co-Op
 Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce  Web Design Co-Op
 Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance  Social Media & Communications Specialist
 Greensgrow Farm  Farm Intern
 Group One Trading  Trading Analyst Intern
 Hallmark K-9  Agriculture/Veterinary Science Co-Op
 HIAS  Asylee Support
 HireVergence  FireEye Engineer; Endpoint Detection
 Impact Soundworks  Software Architect
 Impact Soundworks
 Associate Developer
 Janella Research Campus  Research in the Fitzgerald Lab
 Jeff Riedel, Inc.  Photography Co-Op
 Joe Coffee  Community Development Coordinator Co-Op
 Johnson & Johnson  Technology Co-Op
 JP Morgan Chase & Co  Technology Analyst Program
 Keystone Pictures  Office & Field Production Assistant
 Kieran Timberlake  Software Developer Co-Op
 L3Harris Technologies  Cybersecurity Co-Op 
 Lockheed Martin  Technical Specialist Co-Op
 Magee Rehabilitation Hospital  Wheelchair Sports Program Internship
 Marchesa  Wholesale Sales Co-Op
 Merck  Global Scientific & Medical Publications Co-op
 MicroSociety  Editor, Writer & Researcher
 MicroSociety  Writer and Communications Specialist
 Microsoft Corporation  Foundry Designer
 MilkCrate  Communications Intern
 MOD Worldwide  Front End Web Developer
 Mundi Westport Group  Merchandising
 National Board of Medical Examiners  Data Analyst
 Night Kitchen Interactive  Unity Game Development Co-op
 Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc.  Architect/Interior Design Co-op
 Office of Councilman Allan Domb  Council Policy Intern
 Opera Delaware  Arts Administration Intern
 Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg  Research Assistant
 Paula Hian Designs
 Marketing and Public Relations Co-op
 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts  Marketing Associate
 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
 Marketing Intern
 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
 Policy Internship
 Personalis  Software Quality Co-op
 Pfizer  Security Analytics Analyst
 Philadelphia Magazine  Foobooz Editorial Co-op
 Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management  Homeland Security Fellow
 Philadelphia Streets Department  Office of the Commissioner of Streets Co-op
 Philadelphia Water Department  Communication & Outreach
 Philadelphia Water Department
 Office of Watersheds: Green Stormwater Infrastructure & Policy Unit
 Philadelphia Water Department
 Communication & Outreach
 Philadelphia Zoo  Environmental Education & Animal Behavior
 Press Here Publicity  Publicity Co-op
 Princeton Brain and Spine Care  Clinical and Clerical Assistant
 Publicis Health  Human Resources and Recruiting Coordinator
 Put Nature Back   Project Manager
 QVC  QVC Advertising and Brand Production, Brand Creative Internship
 Rawle and Henderson  Legal Assistant
 RCA Records  Artists and Repertoire (A&R) Co-op
 Recovery Centers of America  Research Coordinator
 RedCarpetRoxy.com  Intern
 Rhode Island Department of Health Center for Drinking Water  Public Health Scholar
 Royal Tyrrell Museum  Laboratory and Field Research Assistant 
 Saint Bernard Group, LLC.  Campaign Fellowship
 Security Risk Advisors  IT Security Consultant
 Shift Design  Product Designer/Industrial Designer
 Skai Blue Media  Public Relations and Communications Intern
 Skyless Game Studios  Video Game Artist, 2D Graphics Specialty
 Snackadabra  Production Manager
 Spookmyung Women's University  Education Assistant
 Spells Writing Center  Writing and Tutoring Center Programming Co-op
 Stanford Inn by the Sea  Eco-Resort Co-op
 Student Start-Up Co-Op  Entrepreneurship Co-op
 Sunoco, Inc.  Design Engineer Co-op
 Thomas Jefferson University  Research Assistant - Cognitive Testing Co-op
 Thomas Jefferson University
 Research Assistant - Modeling
 University City Science Center  Arts Program Co-op
 University of California, Los Angeles  Research/Intern
 University of Pennsylvania  Research Specialist
 University of Pennsylvania
 Multi-Media Services
 University of Pennsylvania
 Clinical Research Assistant
 Valley Forge National Historic Park  Student Conservation Association Intern
 Venerable  Actuarial Co-op
 Vidalakis Cretan Scholars Program  Research Co-op
 Weaving Hand  Weaving Co-op
 Webjunto  User Experience Design Internship
 Wyebrook Farm  Market Manager

CSDN students about their co-op experience


73%

of students said they would return to their employer for a future co-op or FT position

92%

said their co-op was relevant to their career objectives

92%

said their co-op met or exceeded their expectations

Employers about their CSDN student employees


100%

of employers working with CSDN students said their student’s academic preparation met the needs of their organization

100%

of employers working with CSDN students said they would consider re-hiring the student for a future position if available

100%

of employers working with CSDN students rated their student's performance as “Good” or “Excellent”


From 2018-2019 Academic Year cooperative education evaluations