Classroom learning, research, projects, papers, and exams are all critical to your academic pursuits. But to complete your education — to set you apart from other graduates — you should also gain experience in your chosen field. With Drexel Co-op, one of the oldest and most expansive university cooperative education programs in the world, you can gain up to 18 months of résumé-enhancing experience by the time you graduate.
Drexel Co-op is based on paid employment in practical, major-related positions consistent with your interests and abilities; only a small percentage of students accept nonpaid co-ops. The benefits are obvious. Before graduation, you will have already sampled up to three different positions within your field of study. And after graduation, this experience pays off: recent graduates from Drexel typically receive a higher starting salary than graduates from other universities. Some other facts about Drexel Co-op:
- Students can choose from more than 1,600 co-op employers in 33 states and 48 international locations, or conduct an independent search.
- The average six-month paid co-op salary is more than $16,000.
- Co-op students are entrusted with projects vital to the day-to-day functioning of the workplace.
- Students obtain positions with major corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Unisys Corporation, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Comcast, and QVC, Inc.
- Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) provides students with invaluable resources, including career counseling, workshops, job fairs, and résumé reviews.
Your Guide to Drexel Co-op