Co-op Program

Widener’s Renowned Co-op Program

What is Co-op?

The co-op program is facilitated by the Career Design and Development Office and is open to students in the School of Business Administration, the School of Engineering, and juniors in the Department of Computer Science.

Eligible students can gain 4, 8, or 12-months of paid work experience throughout their studies and still graduate within four years.

The Career Design and Development team supports students throughout the co-op program which includes mandatory professional development workshops, resume reviews, and practice interviews in addition to optional cover letter preparation and individual advising meetings.

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.

Co-op Contact Information

For general co-op inquiries or updates please send an email to: coop@widener.edu.

Jennifer Hormell, Assistant Director, Experiential Learning
jlhormell@widener.edu | 610-499-4509

How do I sign up for Co-op?

If you are interested in the co-op program you must attend an orientation and you will receive instructions on how to commit. You must start preparing for co-op nearly a year ahead of your actual co-op experience.

Generally, you will participate in a four-month co-op during the Fall term of your Sophomore year. This means you need to attend an orientation, the Fall term of your Freshman year. You can also participate in an eight-month co-op during the Spring and Summer Terms at the end of your Junior year. If this is your first co-op experience then you will need to attend an orientation in the Spring of your Sophomore year.

Upcoming Orientation Dates
For students interested in the Fall 2022 Co-op Cycle:

Date and Time

Registration Link

Wednesday, October 6,  12-1pm

https://widener.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuc-6przooGdFJCCZAajN7AmjJVkCZIYWK

Thursday, October 28, 4-5pm

https://widener.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tdOyqrT8pH9Rtp0EAUQMNLBEY1LEsn3fk

Monday, November 15, 12-1pm

https://widener.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcu6opjwuH9Ju2zywKkn3PavO48p82Doe

Commitment Deadlines
-Fall 2022 Cycle: Wednesday, January 26 at 4pm

Helpful Co-op Information

For students:

Co-Op Search Tools

Co-op Agreement.pdf

Residence Life FAQ

FERPA Release Form.pdf

Housing Information.docx

Widener Co-op Resume Tool.docx

For Employers

Employer Co-op Fact Sheet

Prospective Employer Welcome Letter

Sample Schedules

12 Month Experience

Summer

Fall

Spring

Freshman

Off

Class

Attend Orientation

Class

Prof. Preparation

Sophomore

Class

Professional Etiquette

Work

Class

Reflection

Junior

Class

Class

Job Searching

Work

Senior

Work

Class

Reflection

Class

8 Month Experience Option #1

Summer

Fall

Spring

Freshman

Off

Class

Class

Sophomore

Off

Class

Class

Attend Orientation

Junior

Class

Professional Etiquette

Class

Job Searching

Work

Senior

Work

Class

Reflection

Class

8 Month Experience Option #2

Summer

Fall

Spring

Freshman

Off

Class

Attend Orientation

Class

Prof. Preparation

Sophomore

Class

Professional Etiquette

Job Searching

Work

Class

Reflection

Junior

Class

Job Searching

Work

Class

Reflection

Senior

Off

Class

Class

4 Month Experience

Summer

Fall

Spring

Freshman

Off

Class

Attend Orientation

Class

Prof. Preparation

Sophomore

Class

Professional Etiquette

Job Searching

Work

Class

Reflection

Junior

Off

Class

Class

Senior

Off

Class

Class


To report problems with the co-op web pages: e-mail our office at coop@widener.edu.