The Department of Psychology is dedicated to offering multiple opportunities in experiential learning, including our signature cooperative education (co-op) program.

What is Co-op?

Co-op (cooperative learning) is a cornerstone of Northeastern University, and has existed as part of the curriculum for more than 100 years. It offers students the opportunity to get real life experience in the career of their choosing while continuing to pursue their undergraduate degree.

Students spend six months at a time on co-op, and typically go on two or three co-ops in four or five years as a student. The experiences for students include working in one of the many hospitals in Boston, in a research lab at Northeastern or another nearby university, for a company in another country, or in business, human services, government, and health care. By working in varied jobs and settings, students learn what they do and do not like before committing to a career. They also develop an understanding of the connections between theory and practice.

All students interested in participating in co-op must take the 1 credit Introduction to Professional Development course (EESC 2000) covering resume writing, career choices, job search skills, ethics, and professional etiquette.

With the International Co-op Program students have the opportunity to pursue a six-month cooperative education experience in over 70 countries at a wide range of international organizations.  Students who elect to travel abroad for co-op gain the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to feel comfortable anywhere in the world. Visit the international co-op’s website.

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

A list of co-op advisors can be found here.