Co-op Education: Powered by Experience What is Co-op?
How Co-op Differs from an Internship
Northeastern’s signature cooperative education program, commonly referred to
as co-op, amplifies your academic experience. Starting as early as your second
- Average of six months full time
year, you can combine classroom study with full-time work opportunities ranging
- Usually paid
from three to eight months within companies of every size, industry, and location.
As a result, co-op allows you to put your classroom learning to the test, explore various career paths, and gain experience beyond your years. These real-world experiences deepen your knowledge and help you better understand where your
- Part time and short term - Usually unpaid While an internship gives an initial taste
career interests lie before graduating.
of a job, the fully immersive co-op Most co-op positions are paid, and the compensation is set by the employer and
experience allows you to take on true
varies by industry. Please note: You only pay tuition when you’re enrolled in an
responsibility and make a real impact
on a company or organization. The integrated nature of co-op enhances
By the Numbers
of full-time employed graduates are doing work related to their major
both academic growth and professional
for Co-ops/Internships, U.S. News & World Report, 2021
of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation (10-year average)
Employer Partners Northeastern’s network of employer partners includes Fortune 500 companies, global nongovernmental organizations, startups, and a whole lot more. If you have an interest beyond our current employer partners, we’ll work to create those new opportunities and relationships to help fast-track your career.
Our students work with leading companies, including: Amazon Robotics Apple
Boston Consulting Group
Northeastern offers extensive and personalized co-op support. In addition to academic
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
advisors, every student has a college-based co-op coordinator and a career advisor.
Working seamlessly, these highly trained professionals help you find immersive learning experiences that align with your goals and prepare you for success.
General Electric Google
Co-op is an integral part of Northeastern’s unique experiential learning model, alongside
opportunities for research, global experiences, and community service. You apply
what you learn in the classroom to the real world and vice versa, creating a continuous learning cycle. You can confidently step outside of the classroom and into the real world—ready to chart your path. That’s the power of a Northeastern education.
SpaceX The Walt Disney Studios Verizon
By the Numbers
Best Career Services, Princeton Review, 2021
employer partners worldwide
co-op placements in 2019–2020
co-op advisors available to support students
Stay in Touch Visit northeastern.edu/admissions/co-op to learn more about how you can chart your path at Northeastern.
Explore careers.northeastern.edu for more information about our employer partnerships and career resources.
Connect with us on Instagram at @nuadmissions to hear about co-op experiences from current students. Have additional questions about co-op or the admissions process? Contact us at email@example.com.