Cooperative Education (co-op) is a distinctive form of experiential education in which students alternate periods of academic study with 6 month periods of work experience in their field(s) of interest.

Students at Northeastern University with majors in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Marine Biology may earn experiential education credit when they successfully complete the following components of the cooperative education learning model: preparation, activity, reflection.

More than 75% of Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Marine Biology students participate in co-ops.

The co-op program offers students opportunities to:

  • Gain skills and experience that make them sought after employees
  • Explore jobs in the public and private sectors
  • Clarify short and long term professional, academic, and personal goals
  • Integrate classroom and workplace learning
  • Develop relationships with mentors and peers

Each year, six month co-op assignments begin at the beginning of January and the beginning of July. If you enter Northeastern as a freshman, you are typically eligible to begin your first co-op at the beginning of the second semester of your sophomore year. Transfer students are usually eligible to start co-op after completing at least one academic semester at Northeastern.

Although Co-op Faculty Coordinators make every reasonable effort to help you find a position, Northeastern cannot guarantee that you will have a job each co-op term. Working closely with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator and meeting all required deadlines will benefit you in the co-op process.

Feel free to contact us and consult the Northeastern University Co-op pages for additional information about preparation for co-op, the job search process, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Sarah Klionsky is the co-op advisor for Environmental Studies/Science and Marine Biology. Her office is 206L Mugar Life Sciences Building, and she can be reached at 617.373.7912.