Located in Lexington, MA, MIT Lincoln Laboratory 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.”