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Benefits of Co-op

The benefits of Drexel Co-op are obvious. Drexel students have the opportunity to work in their fields of study, exploring potential careers with well-known companies such as Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson. They connect with leaders of today, not tomorrow, and bring that real-world knowledge back to the classroom to share with peers. Students with co-op experience are more likely to be competitive for career-level positions than peers from other institutions when they graduate. They also have the practical foundation needed to gain entry to some of the top graduate schools in the country.

In addition to providing students with an income if they have a paid co-op, co-op continues to benefit graduates over the course of their careers. Because they have gained real-world professional skills, Drexel graduates are often hired at a higher salary level than most college graduates.

Drexel Co-op Earnings

Co-op earnings serve as an additional source of income, which can be used to help pay for tuition or living expenses. This amount will vary based upon the co-op position, its location, and the duration of co-op employment (from 3 to 18 months). Listed below are last year's average gross earnings for a six-month Drexel Co-op experience organized by college.

College or School Estimated Median Gross Six-Month
Co-op Earnings
Arts and Sciences $14,650
Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems $17,680
Business $16,640
Computing and Informatics $20,880
Economics $17,420
Education $12,641
Engineering $18,819
Entrepreneurship $15,600
Goodwin $9,880
Hospitality and Sport Management $10,400
Media Arts and Design $13,650
Nursing and Health Professions $12,844
Pennoni $15,600
Public Health $15,912

After Graduation

Because you will have gained the real-world know-how and professional skills that come with Drexel Co-op, it is likely that you will be hired at a higher salary level than most college graduates when it's time to begin a career. Aside from the obvious benefits of a higher salary, an additional benefit is that increased earning capability can help you with a more timely payment of any loans incurred while at Drexel.

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