Steinbright's Response to COVID-19
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steinbright Career Development Center realizes that we must remain flexible and explore new opportunities to set Drexel students up for career success. This page outlines information and updates that are helpful for Drexel students, faculty and staff, alumni, and employer partners to be aware of during this time.
For more information about how the University is responding to COVID-19, visit Drexel's Response to the Coronavirus website.
Currently on Co-op or Preparing for Co-op
As a Drexel student scheduled for co-op, if you are employed and working at your employer's location, you need to follow their guidance related to COVID-19 and the workplace.
However, Drexel has created the following further guidance for you to consider:
- If you are showing any symptoms (fever, cough, lethargy, loss of taste, etc.) do not go to work and instead, reach out to your manager/supervisor for guidance.
- If you have had close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case or a presumed positive case awaiting COVID-19 test results, do not go to work and instead, reach out to your manager/supervisor for guidance.
- If you feel unsafe going to work for a COVID-19 reason or any other reason, contact your Co-op Advisor.
For more information on monitoring your health, please visit the Drexel's Response to the Coronavirus website.
As a reminder, all students with symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have had close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case should contact the Student Health Center immediately by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 215.220.4700, or by using the Drexel Health Tracker app.
A staff member will make contact to provide information, facilitate testing, as appropriate, and assist students with isolation guidance. The Student Health Center will also investigate to try to identify where the student may have been exposed to the infection and work to identify additional contacts to minimize the spread of the virus.
Updates to Drexel Co-op
To ensure that Drexel Co-op continues to meet the needs of both students and employers, Steinbright's professional staff members are finding new ways to provide students with co-op opportunities. This includes inviting more of Drexel's faculty and staff members, as well as alumni, to consider providing co-op opportunities to students on a full-time or part-time basis (paid and unpaid). While all international co-ops for the spring-summer cycle have been canceled, remote and research co-op options may be a fitting alternative.
In general, co-op cycles will remain the same; however, we are looking outside the box to offer the following options for participants in the Drexel Co-op program:
- There is now added flexibility for delayed starts, early finishes, or remote co-op options on a full-time or part-time basis.
- While searching for co-op opportunities on SCDCOnline, students can now apply to 35 positions instead of 25 in addition to the availability to apply for positions within their own professional network.
- Co-op employers have been encouraged to hold virtual interviews with students during this time and must comply with any associated state, region, or city mandates that impact the ability to interview in person.
- Students can earn credit for co-op through one of our online modules, Strategic Career Planning and Development Module and Advance Your Career: Log In & Level Up, and receive career preparation paired with individualized instruction focused on expanding their already existing skillset in this collaboration with academic units.
- Because of the fluidity of travel bans in the U.S., as a result of COVID-19 peaks in different areas of the world, international co-op — for most students — will likely not be possible for the fall/winter co-op cycle. For more information about your particular situation, please contact your co-op advisor.
- Knowing that every student's plan is unique and not all options are available to all students, close coordination between Student Success Team members (the co-op advisor and academic advisor) is required and happening right now. These two Success Team members have been collaborating in support of each student's individual plan, whether that means going back to classes or changing co-op cycles.
Please Note: Co-op Employers must adhere to any international, national, state, region, and/or city regulations as it relates to employment and associated travel. Because these regulations differ from place to place and students find co-op employment all over the world, our country, and our region, students should check with their co-op employer to find out what this might mean for them. If students have concerns about these conversations or subsequent requirements of the employer, they should contact their co-op advisor for support.
To learn more about these co-op options and additional opportunities, students are encouraged to contact their co-op advisor via DrexelOne.
New employer partners looking to hire co-op students should reach out to our Employer Relations team. Existing co-op employer partners should contact their assigned co-op advisor or email email@example.com.
Career Preparation Resources
During this challenging time, the Steinbright Career Development Center would like to remind students that they offer guides for career exploration and planning as well as tips for utilizing LinkedIn to both network and get a leg up on the job search.
Handshake is also a helpful online tool filled with full-time positions posted by a range of employers. Whether students are just beginning their job search or have already been sharing their résumé, Handshake allows students to access a large pool of employers and their job postings as well as networking and professional development features — all right at their fingertips.
More resources are always available at the Career Navigator.
Steinbright In the News
To learn more about Steinbright and how we are adjusting Drexel Co-op to prepare our students now and in the future, we encourage you to read the articles below: