Northeastern University


Introduction to Cooperative Education

Graduating seniors at Northeastern routinely respond to employment advertisements that read "previous experience required," and you may, too. Thanks to Co-op, when you go out into the working world as a graduate, you may already have completed up to a year and a half of paid, professional work.

Northeastern's Co-op program, founded nearly a century ago, is among the largest and most innovative in the United States. The benefits to students are easy to see:

The Co-op Program offers you, the student, opportunities to:

How Co-op Works For You

Your Co-op experience begins in the classroom and continues to resonate there long after your co-op job ends. Co-op is intertwined with your studies, beginning with the Introduction to Professional Development for Co-op course that you must take before your first co-op.

As a Co-op Student, you will be assigned to a specific Co-op Faculty Coordinator. Your Coordinator will work with you from your first year through your graduation year as a bridge between classroom studies and career goals, collaborating with faculty and co-op employers to match your interests, talents and objectives to the most appropriate Co-op positions.

In addition, your Co-op Faculty Coordinator will help you develop your resume, will provide training to sharpen your interviewing skills, and will help facilitate the integration of your on-the-job experience with your course work. As your academic and career interests evolve, your co-op faculty coordinator will help to guide you toward co-op experiences that help you achieve your personal and career goals.

Reflection is a vital part of your Co-op experience. When you return to the classroom from Co-op, you will be expected to engage in reflection activities to help you process your work experience.

Please use the links on this page to learn more about the Co-op Program at Northeastern and what it means for students concentrating in Cultural Anthropology, Human Services or Sociology.

Dates of Up-coming Co-op Cycles (dates students will be working/Six-Month Assignments*)

Spring/Summer I, 2017
January 3 (Tuesday) June 30 (Friday)
Summer II/Fall, 2017
July 5 (Wednesday) December 29 (Friday)
Spring/Summer I, 2018
January 3 (Wednesday)

June 29th(Friday)
Summer II/Fall, 2018
July 5 (Thursday) December 28 (Friday)
Spring/Summer I, 2019
January 3 (Thursday)

June 28th (Friday)

* In cases in which the proposed end date falls during the week (i.e. Wednesday), the employer has the option of extending the co-op assignment to the Friday at the end of that week.Each student should confirm the actual end date for his or her co-op assignment with the employer, as well as, with the co-op coordinator.