Using International Co-op To Shape My Career

Cooperative Education

My Drexel story began in high school — I went to the “Tudor Vianu” National High School of Computer Science in Bucharest. I’d been involved with a few computer science clubs and competitions by then, and already knew that I’d like to continue pursuing the field further.


Eventually it was time to start applying to colleges; I looked into Drexel after speaking with one of our alumni and found that the co-op program really resonated with me. I had already done a few high school internships and knew how much broader my skills had gotten after working in the industry rather than just practicing theoretical knowledge.


In retrospect, what surprised me the most about Drexel were the opportunities to which I gained access by going here. Today, I’m a senior and will be graduating after having completed three co-ops, everywhere from Seattle to San Francisco, Vancouver, and Zürich, at companies like Microsoft and Google.


International co-op felt particularly rewarding since it let me explore many different work cultures that enriched my own experience. More importantly, it let me narrow down the field I wanted my career to focus on. I was also able to contribute to research and pursue other interests outside of my major — for instance, I had a lot of fun imaging distant galaxies for one of my physics courses this year.


It feels like a lot, now that I’ve taken the time to write it all down — it didn’t happen all at once, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing network of faculty and advisors that helped me along the way at Drexel. As a new student, the opportunities might be overwhelming at first; the best advice I can give you is to seek them out one by one, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

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