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The Drexel Co-op

Drexel LeBow Student on Co-op

Drexel Co-op is propelled by an over 100-year history of uniting academia and industry.

What is Drexel Co-op?

Co-op, short for cooperative education, is a program that provides students the opportunity to alternate academic study with full-time employment, gaining practical experience in their field of study prior to graduation. Students on co-op have the opportunity test career options and experience working full-time in a professional environment. These learning experiences transcend what can be taught in just the classroom.

Cooperative education is a hallmark of a Drexel education, and Drexel has been offering it since 1919 – operating one of the largest cooperative education programs in the nation. Over 1,500 business, industrial, governmental and other institutions “cooperate” with Drexel in offering students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in employment related to their college studies. Drexel students also have the opportunity to explore research, national and international co-op experiences.

Philip Barasa

I craved a new perspective altogether.

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Calvin Kim

My co-op experience exceeded all my expectations.

Incoming Analyst

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Roger Kfoury

After Drexel, you will have the skills to network and take on big responsibilities in the workplace.

Consumer Assistant Brand Manager

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Jilan Liu

I loved my time at co-op because I was able to apply what I learned from class to the work projects.

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Elan Vinkurov on basketball court

It gave me the opportunity to take a lot of what I learned and put my own flavor on it.

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How is Drexel Co-op Different than an Internship?

  • Drexel offers six-month co-op experiences in contrast to many standard internships that are just two to three months.
  • Drexel co-op opportunities are tied to students’ areas of study and follow academic guidelines.
  • Students earn academic credit for each co-op experience, which is listed on students’ academic transcript.
  • The majority of Drexel co-ops are paid experiences.
  • Drexel runs the co-op hiring process so students have access to the most possible opportunities, but students may also pursue co-op positions outside this process.

LeBow students in the five-year program typically gain three professional experiences, totaling 18 months, for their resume before they even graduate. Interview skills, workplace etiquette, learning how to position strengths are all refined before graduation. When starting a career, this sets LeBow students at an advantage over students graduating from other universities.

For more detailed information about the Drexel Co-op, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Drexel Co-op Schedule Options

Five-year with Co-op

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus Vacation
2 Co-op Experience Co-op Experience On-Campus On-Campus
3 Co-op Experience Co-op Experience On-Campus On-Campus
4 Co-op Experience Co-op Experience On-Campus On-Campus
5 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus

Four-year with Co-op

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus Vacation
2 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus
3 Co-op Experience Co-op Experience On-Campus On-Campus
4 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus

Four-year without Co-op

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus Vacation
2 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus Vacation
3 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus Vacation
4 On-Campus On-Campus On-Campus

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Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center has the resources to help you find the perfect position within a company in your chosen field of study.

Steinbright Career Development Center

215.895.2185