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 In the past 20 years alone, 31,000 recruiters at 17,800 organizations have hired Drexel co-op students. Nearly 2,000 students have worked in 2,204 co-op experiences abroad in 108 different countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe. The University’s network of more than 1,500 companies includes some of the biggest names in industry, including PECO, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Estee Lauder/Northtec, Goldman Sachs, Merck, Siemens and Bristol Myers Squibb, to name a few.
Program Snapshot
Drexel’s co-op program is designed to allow students to “try-on” a career,
with sufficient breadth and depth to master new skills. In a typical five-year undergraduate degree program at Drexel, a student spends 18 months working full time with as many as three employers. Some students return to the same employer at different stages of their education, repeatedly integrating classroom knowledge and workplace application.
Students have access to an employer network that spans 31 states (plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and 38 countries, and also have the option of arranging their own independent co-op with any employer of their choice. Co-op advisers work with both students and employer partners to ensure co-op is an enriching experience.
“We count on the co-ops to be productive members of the staff,” says Rich Cornforth, who runs the engineering department at the Philadelphia-based gas and electric utility PECO, one of Drexel’s top co-op employers. “They’re not just here occupying a chair and being kept busy. They do real work. They have real assignments. We reserve work for them. It’s almost like your six-month co-op term is a six-month-long job interview.”
A remarkable 48 percent of Drexel graduates entering the employment market
receive a job offer from one or more of the companies where they completed a
co-op, according to surveys of exiting Drexel seniors. The University’s data shows that when hired, they are paid a starting salary that is 18.5 percent higher than the national average for a newly employed worker with a college degree.
While salaries for co-op students are market driven, most Drexel students are paid by their co-op employer — on average, paid co-op students earn $18,357 over six months. They walk away with experience in their preferred career field well before they graduate, and employers build a pipeline of trained future full-time employees.
“Drexel remains as attuned to the most pressing problems of its day now as it was a century ago. In celebrating this anniversary, we recommit to the spirit in which the co-op program was created: To produce ready, engaged citizens with skills matched to those the world needs today and tomorrow.”
President John Fry Drexel University
THE BEST OF CO-OP 2019-2020
Rich Cornforth PECO
Drexel Co-op students PECO

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