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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 History of Science Researcher
Academy of Natural Sciences  Archives Co-op
Akamai Technologies Customer Support Co-op
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Program Assistant
AM Ambrosino Development and Management Creative Assistant & Manager
Ambra BioScience LLC Marketing
AnaOno  Digital Merchandising Co-op
AP Brand Group Social Media & Talent and Athlete Management
Aramark Premium Supervisor Citizens Bank Park
Ars Nova Workshop Arts Management
Art Sphere Inc. Art Teacher
Avantstay Product Analytics Co-op
Axalta Coating Systems Lab Technician Co-op
Baltz & Company Publicity Intern
Balyasny Asset Management Data Integrity Intern
Belmont Behavioral Hospital Academic Behavioral Health Associate
Bioko Artisan's Collective  Policy Promotion & Research Assistant 
Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program Outreach & Research Assistant
Bloomberg L.P. Data Management Technologist
Blue Eye Clinic Regional Patient Coordinator
Bluecadet Interactive Interactive Developer
Bluefin Trading Trading Assistant
Booz, Allen & Hamilton Senior Threat Hunter
Boston Children's Hospital Neonatal Neuroscience Intern
Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia Oncology Focused Health Psychology Intern
CDM, Inc. Water Resources Planning
Century Therapeutics Translational Research Co-op
Change4aDollar Educational Coach
Chemical Heritage Foundation Research Assistant - "Sensing Change" Programatic Initiative
Chico Flax Textiles Co-op
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Assistant - Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Biomedical Engineering Research Assistant
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
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Rehabilitation Medicine Co-op
Chondrial Therapeutics Inc. Internship in Drug Discovery
CHUBB Internal Auditor Co-op
Ciright Business & Technology Co-op
Clocky Broadcast Sales & E-Commerce
Comcast Competitive Intelligence Analysis Co-op
Comcast Tech Auditor Co-op
Comcast Product Manager Co-op
Comcast Data Quality Co-op
Comcast Business Intelligence Analyst Co-op
Comcast Comcast UX Designer Co-op
Connect 123 Film Production Co-op with Samson Films in Dublin, Ireland
Cooper University Hospital Medical Scribe
Cooper University Hospital Associate Nurse Practitioner
CrossFit Public Health Research Assistant Co-op
Cruz Control Entertainment and Marketing Brand Coordinator
Cultural Vistas Research Co-op
DC Beane and Associates Construction Company Field Engineer & 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 Biomedical Sciences Summer Program Developer
Drexel University Video Collaboration & Production Support Specialist
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 & 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 Assistant 
Drexel University Sports Nutrition Intern
Drexel University Curatorial Assistant for the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
Drexel University Preventative Conservation Assistant
Drexel University Global Classrooms Research
Drexel University Climate Resources Assistant
Duane Morris LLP Paralegal Assistant
Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District Conservation Engineer
Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris Research Internship - Microglia in Early Brain Development 
Elm Three Corporation Music Production & Management Assistant 
eMoney Software Engineer Co-op
ESM Productions Production Drafter 
EwingCole Interior Designer Co-op
Excolo Construction Services Construction Project Engineer
Exponent Engineering Assistant Co-op
EY Intuitive User Experience Researcher
Facebook Product Design Intern
Factory PR VIP + Influencer Team Co-op
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
Gabriela Langone-Freelance Stylist Stylist Co-op
GiantSky Business Development & Social Media Manager
Global Career Center Game Development Co-op
Global Development Scholars: World Vision International Research & Program Assistant
Goldman, Sachs &Co. Private Wealth Management Co-op
Good Shepherd Penn Partners Co-op Nursing Assistant
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
Hearst Magazines Assistant Fashion & eCommerce Editor - Seventeen Magazine
HIAS Asylee Support
HireVergence FireEye Engineer; Endpoint Detection
Ignition Arts, INC Arts Fellow
Impact Soundworks Software Architect
Impact Soundworks Associate Developer
Janella Research Campus Research in the Fitzgerald Lab
Janigian Retina Associates Ophthalmic Technician
Jeff Riedel, Inc. Photography Co-op
Joe Coffee Community Development Coordinator Co-op
Johnson & Johnson Large Molecule Drug Product Development Co-op
Johnson & Johnson Technology Co-op
Joseph J. Peters Institute Operations Assistant
JP Morgan Chase & Co Technology Analyst Program
Julia Von Boehm Fashion Styling Co-op
Keystone Pictures Office & Field Production Assistant
Kieran Timberlake Software Developer Co-op
L3Harris Technologies Cybersecurity Co-op 
Lankenau Institute for Medical Research Research Technician
Lockheed Martin Technical Specialist Co-op
Louisa Meng Creative Assistant
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair Sports Program Internship
Marchesa Wholesale Sales Co-op
Materials Research Group, Inc. Web Developer
Maxi Cohen Studio Digital Marketing, Social Media and Publicity Co-op
Mediakraft Video Editor
Merck Global Scientific & Medical Publications Co-op
MicroSociety Editor, Writer & Researcher
MicroSociety Writer & Communications Specialist
Microsoft Corporation Foundry Designer
MilkCrate Communications Intern
MOD Worldwide Front End Web Developer
Mundi Westport Group Merchandising
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle Research Co-op
National Board of Medical Examiners Data Analyst
National Institute of Technology Raipur Artificial Intelligence Intern
NBC Universal Digital Intern
Night Kitchen Interactive Unity Game Development Co-op
Nintendo of America UX/UI Researcher
Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. Architect/Interior Design Co-op
OCM Junior Merchandiser
Office of Councilman Allan Domb Council Policy Intern
Opera Delaware Arts Administration Intern
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg Research Assistant
Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice Web Content Creator for HIV Clinic
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
People's Light Theater Costume Design Co-op
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 Zoo Animal Experience Assistant
Philadelphia Zoo Environmental Education & Animal Behavior
Point72 Summer Analyst
Press Here Publicity Publicity Co-op
Princeton Brain and Spine Care Clinical & Clerical Assistant
Publicis Health Human Resources and Recruiting Coordinator
Put Nature Back  Project Manager
QVC Advertising & Brand Production Internship
Rawle and Henderson Legal Assistant
RCA Records Artists & Repertoire Co-op
REC Philly Agency Associate
Recovery Centers of America Research Coordinator UX/UI Intern
Rhode Island Department of Health Center for Drinking Water Public Health Scholar
Royal Tyrrell Museum Laboratory & Field Research Assistant 
Saint Bernard Group, LLC. Campaign Fellowship
Scannapieco Development Interior Design Project Manager
Security Risk Advisors IT Security Consultant
Sharing Excess Hunger-Relief Food Distribution Coordinator
Shift Design Product Designer/Industrial Designer
Skai Blue Media Public Relations & Communications Intern
Skyless Game Studios Video Game Artist, 2D Graphics Specialty
Snackadabra Production Manager
Spells Writing Center Writing & Tutoring Center Programming Co-op
Spookmyung Women's University Education Assistant
Stanford Inn by the Sea Eco-Resort Co-op
Student Start-Up Co-op Entrepreneurship Co-op
Sunoco, Inc. Design Engineer Co-op
TerraCycle Industrial Design Internship
The Clay Studio Marketing and Development Assistant
The Franklin Institute Research & Evaluation Assistant
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 Multimedia Production Co-op for Penn Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania Research Specialist
University of Pennsylvania Multi-Media Services
University of Pennsylvania Clinical Research Assistant
Use All Five Graphic Design Co-op
Valley Forge National Historic Park Student Conservation Association Intern
Vanguard Group Application Engineer
Venerable Actuarial Co-op
Vidalakis Cretan Scholars Program Research Co-op
Weaving Hand Weaving Co-op
Webjunto User Experience Design Internship
Willow Creek Farm Preserve Regenerative Organic Farming Intern
Wyebrook Farm Market Manager
ZDL Media Social Media Marketing Intern

CSDN students about their co-op experience


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


said their co-op was relevant to their career objectives


said their co-op met or exceeded their expectations

Employers about their CSDN student employees


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


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


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

From 2020-2021 Academic Year cooperative education evaluations