Corporate & Research Partners

Corporate Education

Northeastern’s network extends to more than 2,900 corporate, non-profit, government, graduate, and professional entities around the globe.


Northeastern University has over 70 research grants of $1 million or more, with approximately $104.8 million in annual research awards.

Among its more than 30 active research centers, the University is home to national centers designated by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Security Agency. The Center for Research Innovation helps translate discoveries into commercial solutions and advances Northeastern’s leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The faculty’s expertise in areas such as sustainability, personal health informatics, cyber security, energy storage and conversion, global health and health-care processes, and urban public policy holds great potential for research partnerships in Charlotte.

Faculty and researchers are extending their experience and resources to the local region by participating in the Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series and lending expertise to the Centralina Council of Governments Regional Planning CONNECT Grant. Northeastern’s research centers and institutions focus on interdisciplinary and translational research that meets societal needs in a variety of subject areas, and provide the technology that faculty and students need to pursue their scientific and scholarly endeavors. Visit Northeastern University’s Research Centers and Institutes page for a full listing of centers. For more information about research possibilities in North Carolina, please email us.


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More than 7,500 Northeastern students are working with co-op employers in the U.S. and around the world every year. Our students have taken advantage of cooperative education opportunities with the following Charlotte-based employers and initiatives:

  • Charlotte Airport Solar Lighting Project
  • Clean Air Carolina
  • Peak 10
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Wells Fargo

Positions are also currently posted with Wells Fargo, Queen Associates, AvidXchange, Bechtler Museum and more.

The majority of co-op opportunities are full-time, paid positions for six months (co-op cycles run January through June or July through December). Some opportunities exist for part-time undergraduate positions and unpaid internships. Undergraduate students may begin their co-op experience as early as the second semester of their sophomore year, and most participate in up to three co-op experiences while studying at Northeastern. Graduate co-op positions are typically part-time and may be paid or unpaid.

Learn more about how you can build your talent pipeline as well as becoming a valued Co-op employer-partner visit the Co-op and Career Development webpage.

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In addition to research and cooperative education, Northeastern’s executive education programs are a source of strong partnerships with corporations around the world, including Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, EMC, Microsoft, and General Electric.

The University offers unique benefits to Corporate Partners including:

  • Customized onsite Executive Education tailored to your organization’s critical business priorities
  • Tuition discounts for Corporate Cohorts (courses delivered onsite and limited to your employees)
  • Tuition discounts for Corporate Partners (companies with 10+ employees enrolled in eligible programs)

Some of our current Corporate Partners include:

City Year – based in Columbia, South Carolina. All City Year Corps members, alumni, and staff enjoy a significant tuition discount for all degree programs offered through the College of Professional Studies.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Tuition discount off of all College of Professional Studies and D’Amore McKim School of Business (online) degree programs for current FBI employees and immediate family members.
Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) – All AMLU umpires and affiliated staff enjoy tuition discounts for all College of Professional Studies degree programs.
Snyder’s-Lance – Employees enjoy access and tuition discount for all online undergraduate certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees offered through the College of Professional Studies.
E4 Carolinas – Employees of E4 Carolinas corporate board are eligible for tuition discounts in the Master of Science in Project Management as part of the University’s preferred partnership with E4 Carolinas. Eligible companies include: Areva, Calor Energy, Duke Energy, Lime Energy, McKinsey & Company, Nexgrid, Piedmont Natural Gas, CB&I, Siemens Energy, STEAG, URS, Westinghouse.
united UTC Aerospace Systems – Tuition discount off of all College of Professional Studies and D’Amore McKim School of Business (online) degree programs for eligible employees.
logo-blue-pink YMCA of Greater Charlotte – Tuition discount off of all College of Professional Studies degree programs as well as applicable programs in the College of Social Science and Humanities for eligible employees.

Northeastern University is also part of the EdAssist educational network.

Northeastern University–Charlotte welcomes new research and educational partnerships across the region. To learn how your organization can become a Northeastern partner, please email us.

The employer relations team embraces opportunities to collaborate with employers to develop innovative and meaningful programs to engage our talented students. We believe our individualized approach to building and maintaining partnerships contributes to your success and ours.

The Employer Relations Team can help you build your talent pipeline and leverage the Northeastern Advantage by:

  • Discussing your recruitment needs and suggesting potential majors that would be a good fit for your organization
  • Offering advice on how best to raise the visibility of your organization on the Northeastern campus
  • Scheduling on-campus recruiting and campus activities that work best with your schedule

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