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Student during co-op

Widener University Co-op Experience

The co-op program allows students to gain up to one full year of compensated work experience throughout their studies and still graduate within four years. View a video here.

Engineering is about testing ideas and seeing them come to life. To help students get a jump start on their careers, the School of Engineering offers the optional cooperative education program. Both undergraduate and graduate students may choose to work in co-ops up to 12 months during their matriculation. This program allows students to participate in co-op and still graduate in the traditional four years, unlike other universities that extend the length of an undergraduate program.


Students are compensated by their employers while attending co-op. Students may choose from a number of local, regional, national, or international corporations for their work experience. Widener tuition is not paid during co-op periods. Career Services will attempt to place students close to their hometowns to save the cost of room and board during these periods. Widener faculty and staff actively supervise co-op programs to make sure they meet our high standards.

Co-op Highlights

  • Flexibility with work schedules
  • Higher rates of employment upon graduation
  • More job offers to choose from
  • Higher salaries in starting positions
  • Earn wages while in school
  • Job search skills development
  • Career path testing
  • Network building
  • Program compatibility with all athletic programs

Co-op Schedules

Students have the choice of two existing cycles or may create their own schedule with approval from Career Services and their academic advisor. Students can also contact Career Services for other options.

Co-op Testimonials

For more information on Widener's co-op program, check out some of the exciting student testimonials on their co-op experiences: