Since the founding of the University in
1891, Drexel has matched thorough training with opportunities
for practical experience. Though there are certain visa-related
restrictions, international students can pursue many of the
same employment opportunities as U.S. residents while studying
for their degree.
For more specific information about the types of student visas
and how they affect employment eligibility, please see the International
Students and Scholars Services' Working
in the U.S. page.
Assistantships and Research Positions
Academic department-based jobs and research positions with
individual faculty members are sometimes available to international students.
Competition for these slots is high, and potential students are advised to
inquire about availability before formally applying.
The best place to begin your search is each college's
website, where you can find departmental contacts and listings for
faculty members and their research interests.
For master's candidates in Engineering, Business, Biomedical
Sciences, and Information Science and Technology, and some Arts and Sciences
programs, Drexel offers Graduate Co-op. Based on the University's renowned co-operative education program
for undergraduates, Graduate Co-op helps participants secure three- and six-month paid
internships at some of the largest companies in the Philadelphia area and
throughout the country. Typical salaries range from $550 to $1,000 per week.
Admission to the program is competitive, and a minimum of 24
graduate credits and a GPA of 3.0 are required for acceptance. International
students are also required to complete three terms as a full-time student
before being eligible to participate, and must demonstrate "business
usage" English proficiency to a qualification panel. Successful program
applicants are not guaranteed an internship.
After You Graduate
Once they've earned their degrees, a significant number of
Drexel's international students decide to continue their careers in the United
States and apply for resident status.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an online Occupational
Outlook Handbook that explains earning potential and predicts job growth
for hundreds of professions. To find realistic information about your career
path, start your search here.