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Steinbright Partners Program

The Steinbright Partners Program affords Drexel University undergraduate co-op students the opportunity to obtain financial support to pursue enriching co-op opportunities. Funds are available to students who have an interest in working in an unpaid co-op position. The Program is open to students of all majors. If awarded funding, recipients will be notified prior to the deadline for ranking A-Round job offers (if applicable). The goal of this Program is to encourage students to pursue an exceptional co-op experience which would otherwise be financially challenging.

Questions about the Program and the application process should be submitted to

In addition to general funding for any unpaid co-op, there are specific funds for students that register for an unpaid position with:

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • The Philadelphia Zoo
  • Bartram's Garden
  • Outside of Philadelphia

Eligibility Requirements

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply to the Steinbright Partners Program. Applicants must be co-op students in good academic standing with an interest in working in an unpaid position during the upcoming co-op cycle. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred but all are encouraged to apply
  • Full-time undergraduate student eligible for co-op

Other criteria considered for award funds may include:

  • Intention to obtain an unpaid position
  • Intention to obtain an unpaid position outside of the Philadelphia region
  • Intention to register for an unpaid position with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Bartram's Garden, or the Philadelphia Zoo
  • Financial need

Eligibility per the above requirements will be verified prior to disbursement of funds.

Application Instructions

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. You are encouraged to write your essay responses in Microsoft Word, review for spelling and grammar, and paste the final versions into the application form.

All application materials must be submitted using the online submission forms no later than the deadline indicated below.

Co-op Term Applications Open Applications Close
Fall/Winter 2022–23 April 22, 2022 May 16, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out if I am awarded the funding?

If awarded funding, recipients will be notified prior to A Round Rankings.

Can I receive the funding for a position I find through an independent job search?

Yes, as long as it meets the other requirements outlined above.

What if I am selected for funding but decide to accept a paid position?

Your funding will be reallocated to a student on the waitlist.

How many students are selected for funding?

The exact number of recipients varies each cycle. The program is very competitive, as we have limited funding and receive many great applications, so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

How much money do students receive?

Students can receive up to $6,000 for a six-month co-op and up to $3,000 for a three-month co-op. Please note that the actual award amounts may vary and you will be notified of the exact amount if you are awarded the funding.