Co-op (short for “cooperative education”) makes a Northeastern education richer and more meaningful, providing students with experiences at home and abroad that help them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to transform their lives.
Our co-op program, founded a century ago, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Co-op is a distinctive form of experiential education in which students alternate periods of academic study with six-month periods of work experience in their field(s) of interest. Each year, six-month co-op assignments begin at the beginning of January and, again, at the beginning of July. In most programs, co-op is full-time, paid employment related to the student’s interests and/or career goals. Students on co-op develop professional skills, meet valuable contacts, and explore one or more career paths.
Attending school for either four or five years, students gain up to 18 months of professional experience related to their major or career interest with any of more than 2,000 employers across the United States and in 69 countries around the world. The cooperative education learning model is composed of three parts: preparation (co-op preparation course), activity (co-op), and reflection.
Study and research in the sciences increasingly crosses two or more disciplines, and our co-op opportunities within these areas are correspondingly interdisciplinary. In the biological sciences, you’ll find co-op positions with world-renowned health care institutions as well as neighborhood health clinics, and with multinational biotechnology companies as well as nonprofit research labs.
Learn more about co-op and the opportunities available to Northeastern students.
For information on how to sign-up for Summer 2/Fall, 2016 co-op, click here.
For a list of all co-op coordinators and their contact information, please click here.
Take a look at some of the places where our students are currently on co-op:
Red markers are undergraduate students, black markers are graduate students