A Northeastern student in a co-op position works full-time for a period of six months, career and interest focused and is most often paid an hourly wage, while internships may be part-time (3-months or shorter), often not career related and unpaid.
My company already has an established internship program that doesn’t match the co-op cycle. Can we consider Northeastern students?
Northeastern encourages employers to hire students as full-time co-ops (6-month cycle). We will visit your organization to provide an overview and explain why co-op is beneficial and cost-effective. If your organization has a need more suited to an internship, Northeastern offers summer internships to freshmen and sophomores preparing for co-op.
We have over 65 co-op coordinators throughout the University. Co-op coordinators are individuals who have real-world experience in specific industries and specialize in a particular field and/or academic major. They work with employers to develop new co-op jobs, maintain existing jobs, and help employers share best practices. They also advise students in a specific major to help them obtain co-op positions most suited to their skills and goals.
Students can handle a wide variety of duties, depending on their class year, major, and previous experience. Your co-op coordinator will work closely with you to identify appropriate duties for students in the major(s) that interest you.
Pay varies depending on the student’s major, class year, and level of experience, as well as your industry and market conditions.
Northeastern encourages co-op employers to pay an hourly wage, and the majority of our employers do. A set wage reinforces the fact that co-op students are full-time, contributing members of a team. However, the University recognizes that not all industries or employers can or do pay an hourly wage for co-op positions.