The Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University, also known as “Co-op” is an educational model that provides students with opportunities to alternate periods of academic study and periods of full-time employment related to their academic majors and interests. Co-ops can be thought of as full-time, temporary jobs or internships.
For you, the employer, the program offers a gateway to enthusiastic employees with developing skills and talents, as well as potential relationships with future colleagues.
This partnership offers you:
- A simple, cost-effective way to meet human resource needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs – Co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees (select co-op positions may be unpaid or paid with a stipend).
- Six-month Co-op periods, which allow ample time for students to be productive and valuable employees after they are trained.
- The ability to schedule back-to-back co-op periods for full-time coverage or select 6-month periods for busy times.
- The enthusiasm, fresh perspective, and energy of talented young people eager to learn.
Please feel free to contact us if we can be of more assistance to you or if you would like more information than these pages about the hiring process and FAQs contain. Additional information for co-op employers is located here, and you can also consult the Co-op Employer Handbook.