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Co-Ops & Internships

At Widener, your inside track to a successful career will be paved with outside-the-classroom, real-world experiences – the kind that will set you apart from the crowd.

Measured. Results.


of Widener seniors have completed a practicum, internship, or other hands-on experience compared to 52% of students at other colleges. Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

100% Graduate in 4 Years

Students who participate in a 12-month co-op graduate in 4 years.

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1000+ Organizations

provide experiential learning opportunities for Widener students in co-ops, internships, clinics, or public service in a single year


of employers we surveyed expected students to complete an internship or field project to connect what they learn in class to the real-world

Explore Our Co-Op Program

Co-op is full-time, paid work experience relevant to your major. Our co-op program has a wide network of employers across the Philadelphia region and beyond, so you can work for some top organizations. Some students have gone as far as California for their co-op experience. And many employers extend full-time job offers to co-op students after graduation.

You can choose to participate in 4- or 8-month co-op cycles. Engineering and business majors can choose a combination of both to gain up to 12 months of work experience. Computer science majors can select either a 4-month or 8-month co-op. You have the flexibility to create your own co-op schedule. The table below offers a suggested schedule, depending on the academic year you choose to work:

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


While on co-op you do not pay tuition. You can choose to live on campus, at home, or even travel for co-op.

We offer a summer-long professional development series before your first co-op that teaches everything from industry-level Excel training to perfecting those all-important oral and written communication skills.

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Employer's Guide to Co-Op

For more than 30 years, our students have partnered with employers as part of our flexible, supportive co-op program. Widener students are career-ready and well-prepared to make meaningful contributions to any organization. And our professional staff provides support for employers and students throughout the co-op process.

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Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their co-ops and internships.

Brandon Matambo stands in the lobby of Quick Center; behind him is a stock ticker and students walking down steps

Widener has done a really good job preparing me for what hands-on work was going to look like, how I can use my major, and what options I have.

Brandon Matambo

Brandon's Story
Danielle Laskowski works at a sonography computer screen with a patient in the bed next to her

This program gave me the protocol to follow and has taught me how to be a great ultrasound technician. This is the stepping stone to get me there.

Danielle Laskowski

Danielle's Story
Kevin Brown poses in a hard hat and construction vest outdoors onsite.

“I feel like if I went to a bigger school I wouldn’t have been able to, or felt comfortable enough to, interact with the professors the way I did at Widener.”

Kevin Brown

Kevin's Story
Hannah Berard stands on top of a mountain and signs "I love you"

Widener has helped me take my academics and what I’ve learned in classes and apply it not just in the Chester community, but to the whole world in general.

Hannah Berard

Hannah's Story
Female student in a lab coat with goggles on conducting research

Widener helped me to gain a deeper appreciation for science, fall in love with the brain, and to learn what it was like to work in a high-powered, fast-moving academic setting.

Juliette DiFlumeri

Juliette's Story
Donya Moore stands in front of a Hershey Park sign with her hands in the air

I knew that coming to Widener would mean opportunities to meet speakers working in the industry. And, I know that when the time comes, I will be able to turn to them to help find a job.

Donya Moore

Donya's Story

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