Mean­while, interest in co-​​op edu­ca­tion has jumped since the job market slumped; co-​​op pow­er­house North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, for example, received 47,359 appli­ca­tions for 2,800 freshmen seats this fall, 74 per­cent more than in 2006.

Northeastern’s emphasis on expe­ri­en­tial learning and the co-​​op was the big draw,” says Taylor Hogan, who left in July for his first six-​​month co-​​op with Heart Cap­ital, a social invest­ment firm in Cape Town, South Africa. The co-​​op gives Hogan on-​​the-​​ground expe­ri­ence in urban agri­cul­ture and social entre­pre­neur­ship, his two keenest interests.

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