Since 1919, Drexel's cooperative education (co-op) program has positioned our students to succeed.
Serving as the cornerstone of experiential learning at Drexel, this innovative program provides students with the opportunity to gain up to 18 months of real work experience with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit pioneers, innovative startups, government agencies, and other industry leaders. Co-op not only allows our Dragons to apply their knowledge in real-world environments while learning alongside the leaders of their fields, but also to build an impressive resume while exploring different paths and discovering what they want to do (and don't want to do!) after graduation. Not only that, the majority of our co-op experiences are full-time and paid, and those that are carry a median six-month salary of over $19,000.
But most importantly, co-op helps our Dragons to develop as leaders able to make real contributions to the organizations they work for. It gives them the chance to turn their ambition into action, to connect with and learn from new mentors, and to build relationships with companies around the globe. By taking advantage of everything co-op has to offer, our students graduate and enter the workforce as much more than aspiring learners — they do so as experienced professionals prepared to make an impact the moment they arrive.
Most majors and programs allow students to choose a Three Co-op Option (Five-Year Program) that will allow them to maximize the benefits provided by Drexel Co-op. A One Co-op Option (Four-Year Program) is also available.
Co-op Fast Facts
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Co-op students that found their experience relevant to their career objectives.
Co-op employers who say they would consider rehiring their co-op student for a future co-op or full-time position.
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Drexel Co-op: This Is Experiential Education
Cooperative education sets Drexel apart from other universities, allowing students to learn alongside experts in their fields and carry their new insight back to the classroom. This equips students with a unique combination of knowledge and experience that will empower them to become the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Your Co-op Experience
Learn more about Drexel Co-op and how these experiences are integrated into a student's academic calendar.
Check out these stories illustrating some of the amazing experiences our students have had while on co-op.