Cooperative education at Drexel enables undergraduate students to balance classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. Students alternate classes with full-time employment through University-approved employers. Generally, students are on co-op for a six-month period, alternating with six months of classroom study. Cooperative education at Drexel is a degree requirement for most majors.
Drexel has responded to the burgeoning global market by providing students with the opportunity to gain international exposure through co-op. International co-op provides students with the experience of working in the global economy and the opportunity to develop relevant cross-cultural skills in an increasingly global society.
For more information, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center, which is responsible for coordinating the university’s co-op program.
When asked what he has most benefitted from in his time at Drexel, Anthony Abel answered without hesitation: “The opportunities for undergraduate research.”
“Tesla was a very attractive choice as my second co-op for many reasons, mostly due to the large influence the company currently has. Also, electric cars (Teslas specifically) are awesome!"
“Crayola was my second co-op experience, where I was able to work in Research & Development. The natural creative environment that is R&D, coupled with the creative minds of the ‘Crayolians’, was an experience unlike any other I have ever or will ever have again.
“As my first co-op, I had the opportunity to be a research engineer at University West’s Production Technology Center research group called Production Technology West (PTW) in Trollhättan, Sweden."
“Currently on my first co-op, I am working with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. I am assisting Engineers in performing evaluations of ship systems and equipment to support in-service engineering and test and evaluation projects. This work requires me to travel to ships and contractor test facilities."