Co-op is an educational program in which you alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to your academic and/or career interests in the U.S. or globally.

You will start with a  required co-op course that prepares you to succeed in your co-op experiences. Your first co-op opportunity typically begins in the second semester of your sophomore year, and you will be able to complete up to three co-ops in the course of a five-year program, or if you choose, up to two co-ops in the course of a four-year program.

Northeastern provides a broad-based network of support that helps you prepare for and get the most from co-op, including an academic advisor, a co-op coordinator and if applicable, an international co-op counselor.  Your co-op coordinator(s) will help guide you through the co-op process and help identify various positions that best match your skills and career interests.  After you’ve completed your co-op assignment, you will be asked to reflect upon your experience and explain how it integrates with your classroom studies. The reflection process may include a variety of options, including, but not limited to, participating in company seminars, faculty conferences,  one-on-one meetings with your co-op coordinator, writing assignments/or presentations.

Please review the Undergraduate Co-op Performance Standards to participate in the cooperative education program.

Student Success Stories

  • Co-op Leads to NASA Dream

    Liz Duffy
    BS, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Class of 2011

    “I chose North­eastern for the co-​​op pro­gram,” recalls Duffy.

Sample Co-op Positions

We have provided this set of job descriptions to first-year undergraduate students to explore the different majors. These examples are taken from actual co-op job descriptions, but are changed to preserve the identity of the company, and do not represent currently available positions. Review our Sample Résumé for the best way to format your information.

Below are links to the sample job descriptions for each major.