Our Partnerships

Northeastern’s network extends to more than 3,000 partners worldwide. Our partners work with us in a variety of ways and, through collaboration, offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on, real-world experience, broaden their skillset, and increase their opportunities for advancement. Learn more about our partners and how you can build your connections.

Employer Partners

Northeastern’s distinctive approach to integrating rigorous classroom study with practical experience presents a far more powerful way to learn. Our students enter the workforce with professional, career-related experience.


The university’s cooperative (“co-op”) education program lets students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their major or career interests.

Our students have taken advantage of co-op opportunities with a range of employers, including:

• Amazon
• Bose
• Bristol-Myers Squibb
• Charlotte Airport Solar Lighting Project
• Clean Air Carolina
• Peak 10
• Liberty Mutual
• Raytheon
• Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
• Wells Fargo

Experiental Learning at Work

Through this program, working graduate students develop a customized project plan with their employer that addresses a key business need in a department they want to gain more experience in. Participants have the opportunity to position themselves as a leader within their current organization, demonstrate value, and apply knowledge gained from their master’s degree program to their workplace.

To become a co-op employer, visit Northeastern’s Cooperative Education and Career Development site.

The Experiential Network

The Experiential Network (XN) connects students to employers through project-based work. Projects are conducted virtually over a six-week period between students and the sponsoring business or organization, providing students the opportunity to experiment in their respective field in an authentic professional environment.

XN projects allow students to solve a critical business need for their sponsor by applying what they have learned in class to a real-world situation. They also gain valuable experience they can use to enhance their resumé, while building their professional network.

For Employees of Partner Organizations

The university offers unique benefits to corporate partners, including tuition discounts on hundreds of degree programs for employees of partner organizations. Some of our current employer partners include:

  • City Year — City Year members, alumni, and staff are eligible for a tuition scholarship for all bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered through the College of Professional Studies.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — Current FBI employees and immediate family members are eligible for a tuition discount off all College of Professional Studies and D’Amore-McKim School of Business online degree programs.
  • Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) — Tuition discounts for all College of Professional Studies degree programs are available for AMLU umpires and affiliated staff.
  • Snyder’s-Lance — Employees receive a discount for all online undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the College of Professional Studies.
  • UTC Aerospace Systems — Employees are eligible for a tuition discount off all College of Professional Studies degree programs and D’Amore-McKim School of Business online degree programs.
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte — Eligible employees can receive a tuition discount off all College of Professional Studies degree programs, as well as applicable programs in the College of Social Science and Humanities.
  • Duke Energy — Duke Energy employees are eligible for tuition discounts and exclusive $3,000 scholarships. For more information on our partnership, click here.
  • Fort Bragg — Northeastern has partnered with Fort Bragg to help soldiers transition from military to civilian careers. We offer featured programs, and courses are taught online and in-person at Northeastern’s Charlotte campus or at Fort Bragg. To learn more about the partnership, click here.

Northeastern is also part of the EdAssist Education Network, which offers its clients tuition reductions, waived fees, and other incentives.

Research Partners

Northeastern boasts more than 40 cutting-edge research laboratories and is granted approximately $100 million in research awards annually. Students collaborate alongside our expert faculty in a variety of areas, including sustainability, health informatics, cybersecurity, energy storage and conversion, global health, and urban public policy. For a full list of Northeastern’s research centers and institutes, click here.

To learn more about how you can become a partner, contact our Professional Development Officer Brian Love at b.love@northeastern.edu.