Northeastern University

Examples of Co-op Positions

The following descriptions represent actual positions that NU Co-op Students currently hold. Click on the links below to learn more.

Editorial Assistant - Textbook Publishing
Public Relations Assistant
Research Assistant - Clinical Studies
Medical Assistant - Physician Office

Editorial Assistant - Textbook Publishing

Provides administrative, clerical and editorial support to editors and project managers to ensure timely delivery of materials to clients, writers, editors, and vendors. Entry level position often used as the first point on a professional career path in Editorial production:

Qualifications:

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Public Relations Assistant

Assisting six Account Executives in the day-to-day operations of a busy, fast paced public relations department.

Daily duties include:

  1. Scanning newspapers for articles pertaining to our clients.
  2. Photocopy and fax to clients.
  3. Distribute press materials via mailings, messenger service and overnight delivery services.
  4. Maintain promotions storage area.
  5. Log in all incoming publicity and promotional materials, coordinating outgoing shipments, updating Account Executives on status.
  6. Market research through phone calls and internet searches to locate upcoming events and/or organizations that could be utilized for promotional activities.
  7. Provide general office support including phone work, faxing, and filing.

Qualifications:

You should be a responsible and self-motivated person with a genuine interest in the fields of advertising, public relations, marketing and entertainment. You should have excellent communication skills, be able to get along well with others, work well in group settings and demonstrate an ability to manage multiple tasks. You should be confident in your abilities and not afraid to ask questions!!

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Research Assistant - Clinical Studies

Student Learning Goals/Employer Objectives: To learn basic principles of medical research as it relates to the protection of human subjects and the ethical treatment of animals; to understand how hypothesis testing is utilized to understand issues underlying disease; and to participate in one major research project and develop new analytical skills as they relate to the project.

Summary of Duties:

Participating directly in our on-going medical research. As such, the introduction of new medical devices and surgical approaches is a major research focus. This Co-op student has several duties and independent responsibilities: understanding the specific methods of and employing these methods in an animal model, understanding the importance of organ function as it relates to physiology and performing measurements of function; collecting critical physiology data; and analyzing these data with respect to graphical presentations and statistical analysis. This Co-op student is expected to attend all staff meetings and to be present for all procedures involved in the clinical studies and will be independently responsible for a particular data set that will be analyzed and reviewed with the principal scientist.

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Medical Assistant - Physician Office

Student Learning Goals/Employer Objectives: Gaining comprehensive knowledge of the Medical Assistant position including attributes such as accuracy and professionalism; performing and calculating blood pressure measurements in young patients, as well as weight, height, and vision screening; and learning to manage time, taking initiative, being assertive, and being professional. Additional goals include: performing the function of a medical assistant well; learning new medical skills; and gain insight about how physicians help patients.

Summary of Duties:

Checking in patients, taking vital signs, preparing office, assisting in procedures, managing lab studies, and handling phone calls.

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