Students in the Art + Design program apply their academic and technical skills to co-ops in a broad range of organizations, including: galleries; museums; game, animation, and artist studios; media outlets; advertising agencies; start-ups; and corporations.
Our students graduate with strong portfolios that showcase substantive experiences and position them for success in the job market.
Many art + design students conduct their co-op in the greater Boston area, but some choose to work in other parts of the country or abroad.
Featured Employer: Boston Beer Company
When you’re enjoying a pint at your local bar, you may take little notice of the carefully branded designs that surround you: menus, promotional banners, publicity for giveaways and special events. These items are part of a hard day’s work for two Northeastern graphic design co-op students. They create up to 70 designs a day for Boston Beer Company, a leading brewer of a variety of beverages, including Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, and Twisted Tea. While on the job, the students put their typography and design skills to work, while learning about branding, marketing, and the legal aspects of the industry.
The co-op was a success for students and supervisors alike. “I learned a lot about informational hierarchy,” said one student. “I got to know the brand guidelines of the company and how to stay on brand while still representing the accounts. I got a ton of experience in dealing with clients and vendors and meeting deadlines. I learned how to better manage my time in order to produce quick but high-quality work.” The employer was delighted with the students’ performance: “It was great to have them here and I’m glad they enjoyed the experience. We really want to make sure they are in a great learning environment that also calls for hard work and fun.”
Featured Employer: OHO Interactive
OHO is an interactive firm that creates marketing materials and web applications for businesses ranging from the Boston Red Sox to the World Wildlife Fund. The company helps its clients engage with their customers through compelling, efficient interfaces. OHO has developed a reservation system for ZipCar and a customer loyalty campaign for Seventh Generation, incorporating a rewards program, game elements, and social media. The variety of projects keeps co-op students busy and inspired.
According to one student, “Each department at OHO offered me something new to learn. Even observing how the business was run helped me to understand a successful business model with several working parts. My supervisor made a tremendous effort to keep me engaged in my work and offered me tasks to expand my knowledge in design, information architecture, project planning, and development in web design. Everyone at OHO was willing to teach me something about the industry and contribute to my understanding of web design from start to finish.”
OHO staff deeply values the contributions of co-op students, recognizing their initiative, energy, and enthusiasm. “I can’t say enough [about my student]. She is a pleasure to work with and a great addition to our team.”