Preparation – Activity – Reflection
The first step in the co-op process is for you to take the one-credit Co-op Preparation Course that is offered by the Environmental Science & Studies and Marine Biology Co-op Coordinator. You cannot go on co-op until you take and pass this course.
Early in the semester BEFORE you hope to go on co-op, you must meet with your Co-op Coordinator. You will discuss your interests and goals, improve and finalize your resume, and address job-search strategies.
After you meet with your Co-op Coordinator and (s)he approves your resume, you will be made eligible to search and request to apply for jobs using MyNEU COOL (co-op opportunities online). Co-op Coordinators use this system to send resumes to prospective employers.
Your Co-op Coordinator will forward your resume to employers of the jobs that you are qualified for (out of the ones you have selected). If you apply to jobs in other majors, your Co-op Coordinator will ask her/his colleagues to consider sending your resume as well. Depending on the major, you may have to meet with the Coordinator before your resume is considered. Employers, not Northeastern, make the final decision about who they will interview and hire.
Working with your Co-op Coordinator to also search for jobs outside of the MyNEU COOL system will increase your prospects of securing a co-op position.
Interviewing and Accepting
Employers conduct interviews and offer positions on a rolling basis throughout the semester. Be sure to keep in touch with your Co-op Coordinator and let her/him know when you have been asked to interview or offered a position. Your acceptance of a co-op job is considered final when you confirm it with your employer and Co-op Coordinator either verbally or in writing. You may not accept more than one job offer. You must remain on your co-op job until you complete the work period that you agreed to with your employer.
Evaluation and Reflection
To complete your co-op experience, you and your employer must complete evaluations that are provided electronically by Northeastern. Upon returning to campus, students must also participate in reflection activities with their Co-op Coordinator and peers. The reflection process is essential for maximizing your co-op experience and integrating the experience back into the classroom.
Experiential Education Credit
Students who fully and successfully participate in co-op receive eighteen semester-hours of Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) for each six-month Co-op experience. Grades of Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U), and Incomplete (X) are assigned and will appear on your transcript. Although ELC is not added to the academic credit hours required for graduation, your transcript will reflect your grade for each Co-op term. Awarding this credit indicates the value of the Co-op learning experience and enhances your future career opportunities. You must receive a Satisfactory grade to complete additional co-ops.