What Is Co-op

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, students are able to alternate academic study with full-time employment, gaining practical experience in their field of study.
Understanding Co-op
Since 1919, Drexel's world-renowned cooperative education (co-op) program has prepared our students for the future. Drexel Co-op provides professional employment experience, giving students the opportunity to explore and build a career before they enter the workforce.

Drexel University has been a pioneer in cooperative education since 1919 – operating one of the largest cooperative education programs in the nation. Over 1,600 business, industrial, governmental, and other institutions "cooperate" with Drexel in offering students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in employment related to college studies. Drexel students can also explore entrepreneurial, research, national, and international co-op experiences. Visit the undergraduate and graduate pages to learn more.

Drexel Co-op vs. Internships

Drexel Co-op Internships
Duration A 3- or 6-month period Typically 2–3 months
Pay Most are paid positions Many are unpaid
Relevance Major-related work within the guidelines of your academic program Not necessarily major-related
Credit For academic credit and part of your official transcript Usually not a required part of your academic program
of undergraduate alumni are working or enrolled in graduate or professional education.
of co-op employers found student academic preparation oriented to the needs of their organization
of co-op employers would consider rehiring their co-op student for a future co-op or full-time position

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