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Co-op Program

Student Testimonial

Biomedical Engineering Co-op

Maximilian Spencer talks about his co-op experience at Independence Prosthetics-Orthodontics. Watch video.

Student Testimonial

Emily Wright

Accounting Co-op

"My co-op at Endo Pharmaceutical took me beyond what is learned in the classroom. The real-world experience and knowledge I gained put me one step ahead and I am walking away with not only hands-on experience but a full-time job offer." -Emily Wright, accounting, '17

Student Testimonial

Mark Toner

Finance Co-op

"My two co-op experiences with Penn Capital Management and South Jersey Industries were nothing short of amazing. I gained valuable, real-world experience, expanded my resume, and prepared for my professional life after college.” -Mark Toner, finance '17

Student Testimonial

Michael Brant

Computer Science Co-op

"The career design and development department at Widener University is one of those rare, goal-conscious, and selfless teams that few Universities can say they have. I'm thrilled with how this department guided me into securing a Co-op position that turned into a job." - Michael Brant, computer science '17

Widener's signature co-op program is a valuable way for eligible students to gain work experience prior to graduation.

Facilitated by the Office of Career Design and Development, the co-op program has developed a wide network of employers across the Philadelphia region. Eligible students in the School of Business Administration, School of Engineering, and Computer Science Department can gain up to one full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within four years.

Hospitality management students can also participate in a co-op program, facilitated by the Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality.

Benefits of Co-op

  • Career-related work experience is one of the top criteria employers look for when hiring college graduates; participating in a co-op is a great way to gain that experience.
  • Many employers extend co-op students a full-time position upon graduation.
  • Up to 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Co-op offers an opportunity to build a strong professional network with well-known companies across the Philadelphia region.
  • Compensation earned through your co-op can help pay for tuition and living expenses.

Getting started

1. Attend an orientation session to learn about the co-op process and schedule options. Students may choose to participate in 4- or 8-month co-op cycles, or a combination of both in order to gain up to 12 months of work experience. Students can check posted signs, their emails, the Career Design and Development site, or the Events page for orientation dates.

2. Decide if you want to commit to the program.

  • Students who intend to start co-op in the Fall 2018 must commit by January 30, 2018.
  • Students who intend to start co-op in the Spring 2019 must commit by April 26, 2018.

3. Visit the Career Design and Development site to learn more about co-op, including the student handbook, key requirements, sample schedules, and more.

  • Have a question about the co-op program? Email
  • Are you an employer looking to partner with our co-op program? Visit our Employer Relations page.
  • More interested in finding an internship or full-time job? Explore Handshake, our online career management site.