Job Search Process
Each year, six month Co-op assignments begin at the beginning of July and, again, at the beginning of January. If you enter Northeastern 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 not obtain 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
- Enroll in the one-credit Introduction to Experiential Learning course that is restricted to your major, offered through the Biology Department. You should enroll in this course as a second sepmester freshman (or during your first semester, for transfer students). The instructor for this course a Faculty Co-op Coordinator who will guide you throughout your time at Northeastern.
- After you satisfy Co-op Program Requirements, you will be made eligible for referral to prospective employers using MyNEU COOL (Co-op Opportunities Online).
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.
Guides to Professional Success
- Writing a Successful Resume
- Professional Telephone and E-mail Etiquette
- Guidelines for Successful Interviews
- Guidelines for Writing Cover Letters and Thank You Notes
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 your Coop Faculty Advisor.
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.