The Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships facilitates experiential learning for students through co-ops with nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture sector.
Co-op at Woodlands
Drexel co-op at The Woodlands

The Center sponsors a limited number of paid co-ops each cycle through Drexel’s cooperative education program.

Students gain paid experience in a nonprofit environment as they explore career paths and interests; employers gain new perspectives and 21st-century skills while exposing their organization to next-generation talent.

Depending on the organization’s needs, our employer partners have hired students in majors from Marketing and Communication, to History and Global Studies, to Graphic Design, and many more. 

Read Drexel Magazine article about Lenfest co-ops

Quote-gradient I had never really thought about how my major could be applied to the cultural sector...this co-op really showed me that I have so many options post-graduation...It has forever changed how I experience Philadelphia and my outlook on my future career
Drexel Co-op, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Get Involved

The Lenfest Center-sponsored co-ops are posted through Drexel’s cooperative education program, managed by Steinbright Career Development Center. The Lenfest Center offers other opportunities for students through classes, faculty research, and special projects
Cultural nonprofits interested in hosting a Lenfest Center-sponsored (or co-sponsored) co-op should contact the Lenfest Center directly to discuss a potential partnership. Please complete the Drexel Lenfest Center Co-op Employer Contact Form.
Quote-gradient We had our diversity, equity and inclusion affinity group meeting yesterday, and it reminded me how much we benefitted from our Drexel co-op
President, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Lenfest Center Employer Partners

Since its launch in 2015, the Center has sponsored co-ops with a growing list of cultural nonprofit employers and valued partners:

  • American Philosophical Society
  • Ars Nova
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Bearded Ladies Cabaret
  • Big Picture Alliance
  • BlackStar Projects
  • Brandywine Workshop and Archives
  • Breakthrough Greater Philadelphia
  • BuildaBridge
  • Camden FireWorks
  • The Clay Studio
  • The Colored Girls Museum
  • Collegium Institute
  • Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
  • CraftNOW Philadelphia
  • Delaware Museum of Nature and Science
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • First Person Arts
  • Girard College
  • Gladwyne Free Library
  • Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • History Making Productions
  • John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
  • Keep Music Alive
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Main Line Art Center
  • MicroSociety
  • Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Past Present Projects
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia 250
  • The Philadelphia Citizen
  • Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts
  • The Philadelphia Foundation
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Science History Institute
  • Scribe Video Center
  • TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image
  • Twelve Gates Arts
  • Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
  • The Woodlands
  • Woodmere Art Museum
Quote-gradient we are pleased to have such a passionate team member
Chief Marketing Officer, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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