Lots of Drexel students have landed great co-ops that provide ample bragging rights. Mohammad “Maaz” Rehan has most, if not all, of them beat: He is currently on co-op at the White House.
Specifically, Maaz is working within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), one of the Executive Offices of the President, on a team that manages part of the President’s budget in the Office of Research and Data Analysis.
Maaz, a finance major, has co-op advice for other Drexel students: what’s important is “not so much how much you are getting paid or the name of the company you work at. What’s most important is the experience that you are getting, the people you are meeting, your daily tasks and your self-growth.”
As for future aspirations, he’s open-minded. “I sought out this opportunity to gain some perspective pertaining to public vs. private sector,” he says. Career-wise, he’s open to either, but one thing he does know for sure is that he wants to earn a graduate degree, probably in business, at some point after graduation.
Maaz will return to Drexel from his co-op in April, and is expected to graduate in 2016.
Editor’s Note: The Spring/Summer issue of our magazine, due out in May, will include a feature length story about Maaz and his White House co-op experience.