Formed in 1998 from a merger between Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has a history in client services that dates back to the nineteenth century. The two firms before the merger each had co-op programs that date back to the early 1980s. PwC now hires about two dozen accounting majors into co-op positions each year. The Managing Partner of the Boston office, Mike Costello, describes the co-op program as a “unique opportunity for an employer to really work with a student side-by-side, on multiple assignments.” He says through the co-op program employers “get the opportunity to judge a student’s future fit with the organization, not only based upon their academic background and their intellect, but their personality and ability to interact with a team.” PwC often extends offers of full-time employment to students on their final co-op assignment before graduation. The students who accept such offers understand the profession and the work demands, and are highly confident that they’re a good fit for the organization.
Located in Watertown, MA, Perkins School for the Blind has a mission to educate children. They have a population of students who are blind as well as deaf-blind students. Janet James, Chairman of the Perkins School for the Blind, looks for co-op students who can play significant roles as staff members: whether that be program aides, assistants to teachers in the classroom, to aides in the residential buildings.
Perkins has been partnering with Northeastern for over 30 years; the co-op students bring a sense of energy and a new perspective to our staff and to the children/students. Perkins is proud that they are viewed as the leader in their field, and they spend a lot of time training teachers not only in Watertown but to go out into the world and apply the skills they learned.
Perkins believes that Northeastern students are marvelous ambassadors who can extend their mission of educating children throughout local, state and regional communities. Northeastern students come to Perkins well-equipped to work with the staff, due to coming out of physical therapy programs and they are able to work as physical therapists. Perkins looks to have a longstanding relationship with Northeastern and the co-op program.
Located in Quincy, MA, the Patriot Ledger is a daily newspaper that serves the South Shore, and covers news in 26 communities south of Boston. The Ledger was named Newspaper of the Year for 2007 among papers between 35,500 to 60,000 daily circulation in the annual contest of the New England Newspaper Association. The Ledger was also named one of two Distinguished Papers in the judging of weekend and Sunday newspapers in its circulation category.
They have been a co-op partner for over 20 years and continue to hire approximately 4 co-ops per semester. Positions they hire for are in news and in the sports department. “We get a good source of enthusiastic young talent from Northeastern, sometimes a bit green and we try to give them seasoning. In return they get a chance to do some real, meaningful newspaper work. We love Northeastern students, without them, we would have a hard time managing projects and updates to the news videos,” said Ken Johnson, Online Editor, Patriot Ledger and Enterprise.
Steve Hatch, Head Graphic User Interface Designer, Nuance.
Steve is an alumnus of Northeastern and values what co-op has done for his career. Steve was presented with a special co-op employer recognition award from Ann Galligan, Arts, Media and Design Co-op Coordinator.
Nuance is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses, experience Nuance by calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. They are one of our newest co-op employers, one year and plan on continuing the partnership. Nuance hires students in design, marketing, communications and computer science.
Jen Leclarc, Coordinator of Gallery Learning at the MFA.
The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the word. It encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. Jen was presented a co-op employer recognition award from Northeastern faculty member, Ann Galligan, Arts and Sciences Co-op Coordinator, for their continued partnership and dedication to co-op. Jen, an alumnus of Northeastern and values the co-op model and how beneficial the program is to students and employers. She is a great example that co-op works; she was a co-op at the MFA and now she is a full-time employee because of her experience.
Located in New York City, Morgan Stanley is a leading Investment Management Company who began their co-op program in 2006. Although primarily hired into the New York office, students have worked in San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. The company hired an average of ten to 15 students per cycle during 2006 to 2008. Several students had the opportunity to participate in the summer analyst program and received offers to join the company after graduation. The company received an Employer Recognition Award in 2008 for their contributions – particularly in the area of international opportunities.
Morgan Stanley was one of the first organizations to embrace international opportunities for US students. Their primary focus, among other specialties is Prime Brokerage. They have been partnering with Northeastern since 2006, both domestically and internationally. Morgan Stanley has hired approximately 40 students for 2010, which proves the success and satisfaction with Northeastern’s co-op program. They continue to maintain a strong relationship with Northeastern; in fact Morgan Stanley’s domestic and international offices are looking to expand the co-op program into Japan, Australia and Singapore in the near future.
Located in Lexington, MA, MIT Lincoln Labs began participating in the Northeastern co-op program over 30 years ago. Currently, each semester, over two dozen NU students work at the Lab, a federally funded research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. The work there involves projects for the Army, Navy, Air Force and missile defense systems for the United States government. Students from the college of computer and information sciences and from the College of Engineering get involved with hardware, with the administration of computer systems as well as engineering projects involving the development of complex prototypes. Eric Evans, the director of the laboratory says, “We see it as a six-month to 18-month interview, in a sense, and we get a good feel for how they think, how they work on teams, and then we try to hire the best.”
Located in Boston, MA, Merrill is a leading investment management company. They have been a part of the Northeastern co-op program for approximately 20 years. Until 2000 the company hired an average of 4 to 8 students per year in their Boston Office. In 2000 the company expanded and hired students in both the New York and San Francisco offices. The program in New York was a tremendous success and each year since, Merrill has been one of the top employers of the NU program for the College of Business Administration. The program at Merrill is very diverse with opportunities available to students across many business units and functions, they hired over 140 co-op students during 2008-2009 and they continue to expand. The company received a Co-op Employer Award in 2007 and is being recognized this year with a Co-op Centennial Employer Recognition Award for their continued partnership with Northeastern.
GE is a diversified technology, finance and media company focused on solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. They serve customers in more than 100 countries and employ more than 320,000 people worldwide. Positions range from biochemist to finance specialists to wind energy engineers, and this is why General Electric is one of Northeastern’s largest and most valued co-op employers in terms of the number of students they hire. The majority of co-ops hired are in the College of Engineering with a focus on mechanical and industrial engineering. They hire up to 60 co-op students over a course of a year, with a significant number of students receiving offers for full-time positions upon graduation. Northeastern presented Mark Vachon, CEO, General Electric Healthcare, Andrea Cox, Manager, GE Aviation and their team with a special “Co-op Education Employer Award” for their continued support and commitment to co-op. GE has been a co-op partner for 50+ years; together we look forward to expanding and building a stronger domestic and global partnership.
From left to right are: Lorraine Mountain, Assoc. Co-op Coord., COE Northeastern; Mark Vachon, CEO, GE Healthcare, Andrea Cox, GE Aviation; William Fitzpatrick, GE Consumer and Industrial; Leslie Wallace, GE Corporate, Fred Hoskins, Sr. Director, Employer Relations Central Co-op, Northeastern)