Drexel LeBow Launches New MBA C-Suite Co-op™

Story Highlights

  • Drexel LeBow announces a new breed of MBA: The C-Suite Co-op™

  • Beginning this fall, new students enrolling in the full-time MBA will compete for coveted C-Suite Co-op™ positions with top executives from well-known firms.

  • Participating companies include: Cisco, Drexel, eBay, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, SAP and Urban Outfitters, with more to be announced.

Beginning this fall, new students enrolling in the full-time MBA at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will compete for coveted C-Suite Co-op™ positions with top executives at firms such as Cisco, SAP, eBay, Urban Outfitters and other leading American corporations.

“I can think of no better way to introduce students to the realities of the business world,” said SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott, one of the first executives to commit to the new program. “As the need for real talent deepens in business, your program provides an opportunity for substantial knowledge growth — for the student and SAP.”

“Our MBA students will learn firsthand how successful decision makers operate, and employers will have the chance to work closely with talented, hard-working and ambitious future executives,” said Drexel President John A. Fry, who plans to select an MBA student to work with him. “Drexel is the nation’s preeminent provider of experiential education. The MBA C-Suite Co-op™ is a natural for us, and it is a great way for top executives to access new thinking on issues needing their attention.”

Here is how the C-Suite Co-op™ works:

  • Companies in a variety of sectors across the United States create a C-level summer-term position for an MBA student who will have just completed nine months of academic study.
  • Drexel LeBow identifies the most qualified finalists from the students in its full-time MBA program through a series of assessments and competitions.
  • In a spring “match day” competition, the finalist students will make presentations, extemporaneously propose solutions to problems and answer questions from a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the participating corporations. Each corporation then selects an MBA student for its summer 2014 assignment.

“The Drexel LeBow MBA program is the only one that offers a C-Suite Co-op as part of its degree,” said the College’s interim dean, Frank Linnehan, Ph.D. “Having the students compete with one another for these one-of-a-kind co-ops ensures that the best students earn the opportunity to acquire invaluable insights and to add top executives to their professional networks.”

Students who do not land in a C-Suite Co-Op™ will have the opportunity to participate in other valuable experiential learning activities, including consulting assignments, international study, internships or other opportunities.

All students will conclude their MBA program with three months of academic study in the fall, during which they will be asked to develop and share insights about their summer experiences.

Initial participating companies include: Cisco, Drexel, eBay, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, SAP and Urban Outfitters, with more to come.

Media Mentions

Go to Drexel for an MBA, Snag a Stint at Cisco or eBay

via Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal covered Drexel LeBow’s announcement that future full-time MBA students will compete for C-Suite Co-ops. Interim Dean Frank Linnehan says this will make the program a “destination MBA.”

We want you, even in California, to think about the opportunity to come back to Philadelphia and then work at a co-op back in California,” he says.

For LeBow MBAs, a Shot at the C-Suite

via Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek published an article about LeBow’s announced C-Suite Co-op, reporting that “MBA students at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will get an opportunity next year that other B-school students only dream of: a shot at working in the corporate C-suite.”

Interim Dean Frank Linnehan is quoted in the article. “Unlike traditional internships, the co-op will have students work on projects that may have the ear of the chief executive officer,” he says.