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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.

For frequently asked questions and to contact us, please visit the Graduate Co-op Support Center.