Co-op (short for "cooperative education") makes a Northeastern education richer and more meaningful, providing students with experiences at home and abroad that help them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to transform their lives.
Our co-op program, founded over a century ago, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their academic or career interests: in business, health care, education, engineering and technology, the visual and performing arts, and public policy, to name a few.
Co-op coordinators in each college provide support for students in preparing them and succeeding on their co-ops. Students are assigned to a coordinator based on their major.
More than 7,000 Northeastern students are on co-op during some part of each academic year. Students have the option of pursuing up to three co-op experiences.
Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum, our scheduling, and our advising system. A network of co-op coordinators within each college support students in preparing for and succeeding on their co-ops.