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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 like you as part of our flexible, supportive co-op program. Widener students are career-ready and well-prepared to make meaningful contributions to your 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.

Hayley Bonhage, wearing headphones, sitting at a computer playing Overwatch for Esports team

I’m interested in a lot of different applications in computer science so I’m not sure where that will take me. It will be an adventure either way.

Hayley Bonhage

Hayley's Story
Aly Horton sitting in the driver's seat of a UPS truck

Widener gave me the opportunity to not only start my career as an undergraduate but advance it a few years later when I went back for my masters.

Aly Horton

Aly's Story
Davida Vogel poses in front of a research poster

“My clinical experiences made all of the difference for my first year. I felt confident and competent in my ability to succeed.” – Davida Vogel ‘22 

Davida Vogel

Davida's Story
Jessica Feoli sits in the Phillies baseball stadium

Every study abroad trip, every internship opportunity, every volunteer event, every class is contributing to me not only being a better person, but better in business. The world of business today requires us to be globally active.

Jessica Feoli

Jessica's Story
Cajua Robinson works with a client at iCore Fitness

For me, the opportunities at Widener to start this, join that, do this, allowed me to grow tremendously as a person. That’s what turned me into who I am.

Cajua Robinson

Cajua's Story
Samirah Thompson watches security cameras

To have people like that in your corner is amazing. They helped me gain the confidence to go into the field and to be on my ‘A’ game.

Samirah Thompson

Samirah's Story

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