Job Search Process
Six month Co-op assignments begin at the beginning of January and the beginning of July. If you enter NU as a freshman, you are typically eligible to begin your first Co-op at the beginning of your second semester of your sophomore year. Transfer students are usually eligible to start Co-op after completing at least one academic semester at NU.
Although Co-op Faculty Coordinators make every reasonable effort to help you find a position, NU cannot guarantee that you will have a job each Co-op term. Because of job-market or other conditions, occasionally even a well-qualified student may have difficulty finding a position. Working closely with your Co-op faculty coordinator and meeting all required deadlines will benefit you in your Co-op job search process.How to Find a Co-op Position
Accepting a Co-op Position
Staying in touch with NU while out on Co-op
How to Find a Co-op Position
- Enroll in the one-credit Professional Development Co-op course offered English and Communication Studies majors (MCOPU101). In this course you will be introduced to your Faculty Co-op Coordinator who will work with you throughout your time at NU.
- Early in the semester BEFORE you plan to work, meet with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator. You and your Coordinator will discuss your career interests and personal and professional goals, sharpen your resume, and address job-search strategies.
- As you satisfy Co-op Program Requirements, you will be made eligible for referral to prospective employers using MyNEU COOL (Co-op Opportunities Online).
MyNEU COOL is Northeastern's online database of Co-op jobs, which you may access through MyNEU on the University Website. This system makes it easier than ever to connect with your assigned Co-op faculty, upload your resume, and find the right Co-op job for you.
If you have any questions about the database, log on to myNEU, go to the Co-op section, and take the myNEU COOL quick tour.
Accepting a Co-op Position
Your Faculty Co-op Coordinator will forward your resume to employers of the jobs that you have selected. You will be contacted directly by employers who would like you to come in for an interview. The employer makes the final decision about who will be interviewed and who will be hired - not Northeastern.
After you receive and accept a Co-op job offer, contact your Co-op faculty coordinator immediately to confirm your employment status and complete any necessary paperwork. If you fail to do so, you may be subject to withdrawal from the University by the registrar.
Your acceptance of a Co-op job is considered final when you confirm it with your employer and Co-op Faculty Coordinator either verbally or in writing. Once you accept a position, you must notify all other employers to whom you were referred that you are no longer available. 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.
Staying in touch with your Co-op faculty coordinator while out on Co-op
While you are on Co-op, you are encouraged to stay in contact with Northeastern and your Co-op Faculty Coordinator.
Make sure you check your Northeastern e-mail account regularly. It is the primary method of communication with your Faculty Coordinator. If you need specific assistance during the course of your Co-op experience, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.