Cooperative education (Co-op) gives students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with real-world experience. For each co-op, students work full-time in a professional position for six months, either domestically or internationally. By participating in varied co-op positions, students gain practical knowledge about their possible career choices, and build skills that they can apply to their future careers.
Before participating, students take a one-credit course in which they are walked through the entire process, from developing a professional resume and interviewing skills, to knowing what to expect once they have landed a job. Co-op advisors help students navigate the application process, while co-op and faculty advisors help students as they consider different professional opportunities.
While most students apply to positions that are available through Northeastern’s extensive database of existing co-op positions, students are also able to develop their own co-op positions. Recently students have developed a number of interesting co-ops in linguistics, for example, working as a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, working as a speech therapist assistant with children in Uganda, and working with children on the Autism Spectrum on language development in Colorado. While this requires a greater time investment on the part of the student, it can allow students to pursue experiences that are very specific to their career goals.
Students in the Linguistics program have completed co-ops in a variety of careers including research, education, journalism, marketing, and more. A representative list of recent co-ops can be found below.
Recent Co-op positions held by linguistics students:
Research Assistant for The Learning Center for the Deaf
Research Assistant for the Auditory Prostheses and Communication Laboratory at Northeastern Universtiy
Junior Technical Writing & Product Management Associate for Smartleaf, Inc.
Research Technician for the Health Quality of Life Lab at Tufts University
Research Assistant for the University of Victoria Sociolinguistics Research Lab
Global-Research Assistant for the University of Kaiserslautern
Boston Intern Volunteer Assistant for The Corrymeela Community
Marketing Communication Assistant for the Northeastern University Admissions Department
BDN Maine Reporter for the Bangor Daily News
Digital Marketing Associate for Wayfair LLC
Research Assistant for the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
(CCIS) Technical Support Engineer Intern for Brightcove, Inc.
Elementary Curriculum Writing Fellowship for Bridge International Academies
Production Intern for Cengage Learning Inc., National Geographic Learning
Editorial Intern for Cengage Learning Inc., National Geographic Learning
Digital Production Intern for Cengage Learning Inc., National Geographic Learning
Customer Operations Co-op for Circle Internet Financial, Inc.
Editorial Assistant/Project Management for Aptara, Inc.
Behavior Technician for the Integrated Learning Academy (ILAN)
Teacher Assistant for the Newton Public School District
Public Relations Assistant for Behavioral Nutrition, Inc.
Data Specialist for Kayak
Research Intern for Massachusetts General Hospital
American Overseas Program Co-op for Youth For Understanding USA, Inc.
Assistant Teacher for the Russell J. Call Children’s Center at Northeastern University
Teacher Assistant for the Transportation Children’s Center
Direct Service Provider for the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Inc.
Evaluator Trainee for the Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
Archaeology Lab Technician Intern for the Bishop Museum