Co-op is an educational program in which you alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to your academic and/or career interests in the U.S. or globally.
You will start with a required co-op course that prepares you to succeed in your co-op experiences. Your first co-op opportunity typically begins in the second semester of your sophomore year, and you will be able to complete up to three co-ops in the course of a five-year program, or if you choose, up to two co-ops in the course of a four-year program.
Northeastern provides a broad-based network of support that helps you prepare for and get the most from co-op, including an academic advisor, a co-op coordinator and if applicable, an international co-op counselor. Your co-op coordinator(s) will help guide you through the co-op process and help identify various positions that best match your skills and career interests. After you’ve completed your co-op assignment, you will be asked to reflect upon your experience and explain how it integrates with your classroom studies. The reflection process may include a variety of options, such as: participating in company seminars, faculty conferences, one-on-one meetings with your co-op coordinator, writing assignments/or presentations.