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Co-op Program

Video Program Highlight

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.

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

What is Co-op (Cooperative Education)?

The co-op program, facilitated by the Career Services Office, is open to students within the School of Business Administration, the School of Engineering, and juniors in the Department of Computer Science. Through this flexible, supportive program, eligible students can gain up to one full year of compensated work experience throughout their studies and still graduate within four years.

With a track record of more than 30 years, the co-op program has developed a wide network of employer relationships across the Philadelphia region. The Career Services team stands ready to guide students through every step of the position/opportunity-seeking process, from professional development workshops and resume and cover letter preparation to practice interviews. Our philosophy is one of partnership—we empower students to take an active role in targeting, seeking, and securing the best-fit co-op placements.

Who is Co-op for?

The program is available to students in the School of Business Administration and School of Engineering, as well as juniors in the Department of Computer Science. In addition, the Center for Hospitality Management administers its own co-operative education program.

How do I participate in Co-op?

Attend one of the orientation sessions offered during the fall and spring semesters. During the orientation session students will learn all about the co-op process. After attending, they will decide if they want to commit to the program.

To learn more about the program, check out this informative handbook and checklist that includes key requirements for participating and sample schedules.


Students who have attended co-op orientation.

  • Fall 2016 prospective co-op students must commit by Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
  • Spring 2017 prospective co-op students must commit by Wednesday, March 18, 2016.

Students who attended co-op orientation AND have committed to the program.

  • Attend interview workshop. Submit revised and updated resume to co-op advisor.
  • Participate in Mock Interview Day.
  • Schedule and meet with your co-op advisor for a one-on-one meeting.
  • Abide by and complete all university policies and paperwork by deadlines for housing, financial aid, and course registration.

Co-op Calendar/Scheduling Options

Students may select any of the following co-op schedules or may create their own schedule with approval from the co-op program and their academic advisor.

Sample 12-Month Experience Option

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior Class Class Work
Senior Work Class Class

 

Sample 8-Month Experience Option #1

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore   Class Class
Junior Class Class Work
Senior Work Class Class

 

Sample 8-Month Experience Option #2

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior Class  Work Class
Senior   Class Class

 

Sample 4-Month Experience

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior   Class Class
Senior   Class Class