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The Global Co-op application process is a collaborative effort between you and your Co-op Faculty Coordinator, whom will be integral to your Global Co-op placement. A global co-op experience will infinitely enrich your career portfolio and prepare you to effectively lead and conduct business across diverse cultures.
It is highly recommended that you begin the global co-op exploration process 4 to 6 months before the start of your global co-op term. The Global Co-op team in GEO works in concert with the Co-op Faculty Coordinators across the Colleges, to continually develop new leads and robust co-op opportunities. Co-op Faculty Coordinators and the Global Co-op team work together, to maintain high standards on the positions developed. Your Co-op Faculty Coordinator is your primary contact throughout the global co-op application process. Since work permission varies in each country, the Visa Team in GEO is committed to supporting students throughout the visa process to obtain the appropriate work permission information. Securing a work visa prior to your Global Co-op is the responsibility of the student and we are here to help you each step of the way.
To begin your journey:
- Attend a mandatory Global Co-op Information Session to obtain more information about the program and the vast Global Co-op opportunities available to you.
- Meet with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator to explore your Global Co-op options.
- Before making a decision to accept a global co-op, students should discuss the offer with their Co-op Faculty Coordinator and parental guardians before making a decision on accepting a co-op.
Explore Global Co-op Opportunities:
You have a myriad of options available to you to secure a global co-op. You are encouraged to explore one or more of the following Global Co-op search approaches below:
The Global Co-op team works in conjunction with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator, supplying global co-op leads and new co-op opportunities. Global Co-op positions will be posted regularly and students are encouraged to visit NUCool frequently for new Global Co-op postings. Positions offered through service providers may charge an added fee. You can obtain specific information about fees from you Co-op Faculty Coordinator.
The Career Development Office provides all Northeastern students access to GoingGlobal, a site that provides country-specific job opportunities and postings, along with career and employment information.
Your input is important to us and we want to hear from you. We strive to develop co-op positions that relate directly to your geographic and industry interests. You can obtain a Global Co-op Inquiry Request form from your Co-op Faculty Coordinator, who will send to Global Co-op on your behalf.
Generating leads and developing positions takes time. Upon receiving an inquiry request, the Global Co-op team will conduct outreach on your behalf. It is not always possible to develop a viable co-op position. You should allow ample time for Global Co-op to explore and cultivate leads. It is important for you to remain open and flexible.
Along with other search methods, you can develop your own global co-op through direct contacts, networking, LinkedIn, and “cold-calling”. You are encouraged to be pro-active in the Global Co-op search process. Your direct outreach to prospective employers and creating your own Global Co-op can have a big pay-offs down the road.
Once you secure a Self Developed Global Co-op, your Co-op Faculty Coordinator must approve your co-op position. If approved by your Coordinator, you will need to complete a Global Co-op Vetting Form, which can be obtained by your Coordinator. Your Self-Developed Co-op must be vetted to ensure an optimal co-op experience with legitimate international employers.
If you are an international student, you are able to participate in a global co-op in your home country. You can self develop a Global Co-op through your home country network. Once you secure a Home Country Co-op, your Co-op Faculty Coordinator must approve your co-op position. If approved by your Coordinator, you will need to complete a Global Co-op Vetting Form, which can be obtained by your Coordinator. Your Home Country Co-op must be vetted to ensure an optimal co-op experience with legitimate international employers.
International students should be aware that along with working with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator, you are also required to meet with the International Student and Scholars Institute for co-op work permission.