FAQ

What is the difference between an internship and a Northeastern co-op?
A Northeastern student in a co-op position works full-time for a period of six months, he or she is career and interest-focused and is most often paid an hourly wage, while an internship may be part-time (3-months or shorter), often not career related and is typically 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.

What is a co-op coordinator?
We have over 70 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.

What kind of duties can I expect a co-op student to be able to handle?
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.

How much are co-op students paid?
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.