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, he or she is not enrolled in classes during the co-op cycle and is able to focus on the job. Most often he or she is paid an hourly wage while an internship may be part-time (3-months or less), often not career related, the student may be attending classes which may interfere with the job or require working part-time 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 responsibilities can I expect a co-op student to be able to handle?
Students can handle a wide variety of responsibilities, depending on their class year, major, and previous work experience. Your co-op coordinator will work closely with you to identify appropriate projects/assignments for students in the major(s) that interest you.
Are co-op students paid? If yes, how much are co-op students paid?
The majority of co-op students are paid an hourly wage. Pay varies depending on the student’s college, major, class year, and level of experience, as well as the industry, location (city, state) and current 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 are able to pay an hourly wage for co-op positions and should be discussed ahead of time with the co-op coordinator.