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Graduate Co-op

Quick Facts:

  • $25: Average hourly wage
  • 90% Employment rate at graduation (20% from coop employers)
  • 4-6-8 months placements available for graduate students in all majors


Sample Coop Partners

  • Bose Corporation
  • Cisco Systems
  • EMC
  • Ericsson
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Mathworks
  • Raytheon
  • Research in Motion
  • Tyco Electronics
  • Verizon Communications



Cooperative Education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Northeastern University is ranked # 1 in Career Service (Princeton Review) and has a history of over 100 years in cooperative education. The Graduate School of Engineering placed over 200 students in positions nationally during 2012/2013 academic year. We have a team that prepares students for cooperative education experience through resume building, developing interview skills and guiding professional development. Cooperative Education at the graduate level is not just a way for students to gain real world experience, but is a way to challenge, network, expand and fine-tune their knowledge with their respective industry.

Graduate student who pursue one of the following three tracks may participate in co-op:

  1. MS Project Focus: Students will have the opportunity to network within their industry and apply the theory they learn in the classroom to practical work.
  2. MS Research Focus: Students will have the opportunity to participate in a coop only if the assignments during the experience are relevant to their research topic.
  3. PhD Research Focus: Cooperative work experience is uncommon and should be considered only as a means to contribute to the PhD candidate’s dissertation. Close cooperation among the student, the thesis committee, and the co-op faculty coordinator is necessary to ensure meeting this goal.

Please read through this website thoroughly to understand the Eligibility and Requirements to participate in the cooperative education program.