Northeastern University is ranked number one in the US News and World Report ranking of colleges that offer experiential education. The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs capitalize on Northeastern’s location among many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the Boston area and its strength in providing real-world learning in the corporate sector for over 100 hundred years.
Employers, read about your role in Northeastern’s cooperative education program in the Employer Handbook.
Potential applicants, read about Northeastern’s co-op program and watch a video at The Atlantic Cities Blog – Could Co-ops Help Solve Our College Grad Employment Crisis? 9/7/12
How It Works
The graduate co-op is the real-world component of the Biotechnology Professional Master of Science (PSM) Program. We are fortunate to have a rich practice environment in the immediate Boston area, and based upon our survey of local companies, we anticipate a variety of internship opportunities in all life science disciplines as well as non-science opportunities such as project management.
Students are responsible for obtaining their own co-op. They will receive the support and guidance of the Graduate Co-op Coordinator throughout the search process and throughout the internship. Each student, including international students, will complete a co-op that provides him/her with an invaluable opportunity to gain professional training and real-world experience in the commercial sector. In most instances, the co-op will be paid, however, a paid co-op is not guaranteed. Students who intend to pursue additional graduate study after obtaining the Biotechnology PSM degree may wish to consider a co-op in a laboratory at Northeastern or at another educational institution in the area. In some instances, the co-op will serve as a mutually beneficial preliminary period of employment leading to a permanent position.
The co-op will be three to six months in length, depending on the requirements of the employment site. The co-op usually occurs in the summer semester, at the end of the program. All exceptions must be approved by the Graduate Co-op Coordinator. Each student in the Biotechnology PSM Program will perform one co-op. Students with permanent jobs will work with the Graduate Co-op Coordinator, their work supervisor, and their academic track advisor to design a special project that meets the co-op requirement. In the event that a student is not able to secure a co-op, an experiential (unpaid) position in a Northeastern University laboratory will be available.