When it comes to hiring under­grad­uate busi­ness stu­dents, employers look for a few things. Good grades are impor­tant, as is campus involve­ment, prefer­ably with a lead­er­ship posi­tion or two. But the most valu­able sec­tion on the résumé is work expe­ri­ence, which, for a col­lege senior, most often comes in the form of an intern­ship or co-​​op.

When Bloomberg Busi­ness­week started ranking under­grad­uate busi­ness pro­grams, in 2006, only 55 per­cent of stu­dents reported having at least one business-​​related intern­ship. For the Class of 2013, that number has jumped to 73 per­cent, and at many schools, it’s much higher. Today we look at the 10 under­grad­uate busi­ness pro­grams where the most stu­dents boast that highly valu­able intern­ship expe­ri­ence, led by North­eastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness.

For more than a cen­tury, North­eastern has offered a coop­er­a­tive expe­ri­ence, or co-​​op, pro­gram in which stu­dents get at least a year of rel­e­vant work expe­ri­ence before they grad­uate, broken up into two or three six-​​month cycles. The busi­ness school works with more than 600 com­pa­nies, including Gen­eral Elec­tric (GE), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Staples (SPLS), and Ernst & Young, to make sure each stu­dent who wants a co-​​op gets one. Co-​​op cycles run from Jan­uary to June and July to December. Most stu­dents grad­uate with at least two.

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