What is Co-op?

Students studying behavioral neuroscience pursue many different career paths. The Cooperative Education (co-op) program allows students the ability to explore several career options by gaining practical experience working in the field. Semesters of academic study alternate with six-month periods of work experience. Students in a spring co-op rotation will work January – June and students in a fall co-op rotation will work July – December.

Co-op is not a requirement of the behavioral neuroscience program, however, the overwhelming majority of students elect to participate in co-op. Students participating in co-op receive experiential education credit and may participate in up to three co-op rotations.


All students interested in participating in co-op must complete and pass the one-credit Introduction to Professional Development course covering resume writing, career choices, job search skills, ethics, and professional etiquette.


An important part of the co-op experience is reflection. Students will complete four reflection activities throughout their co-op experience. These activities allow students to look back on their growth and development and utilize that information to determine its impact on their career and academic plans.

Co-op Coordinators

Students are supported throughout the co-op process by a dedicated co-op coordinator. A student’s co-op coordinator is assigned based on the student’s last name. A student with a last name beginning with A-K is assigned to Michelle Israel, m.israel@neu.edu and a student with a last name beginning with L-Z is assigned to Cheryl Arruda, c.arruda@neu.edu.

Co-op cordinators instruct the Introduction to Professional Development course to help prepare students for all job related activities. In addition, the reflection activities will be facilitated by the co-op coordinators. All employer partner relationships are managed by co-op coordinators and new opportunities are continuously being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an employer partner, please contact one of our co-op coordinators; Michelle Israel, m.israel@neu.edu or Cheryl Arruda, c.arruda@neu.edu.

For more information about co-op within the College of Science, visit the COS website.