Healthcare Systems Engineering

Cooperative Education

Kendall Coop Award

Participating in the Northeastern University and HSyE Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in applying industrial engineering and operations research to healthcare, while at the same time working with some of the best healthcare systems in Boston and around the country.


Co-op students are integral to our Institute’s ongoing research program. Positions are funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for the application of industrial engineering methods to important healthcare problems. These problems include improvivng care, population health, efficiency, safety, and overall costs. Industrial engineering co-op students work on interdisciplinary teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, clinicians, and healthcare managers. Co-op students gain insight and experience in healthcare and industrial engineering, which is invaluable as they start their careers.­­­

Highlights of the Co-op Program include:

  • Experience working directly with health systems on a variety of projects.
  • Networking opportunities with students and health system partners.
  • Academic advising and career support.
  • Opportunities to build technical, communication, and teamwork skills.

Co-op students are employed for six month terms: January-June and July-December.

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Typical co-op responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with two or more projects in health systems.
  • Meeting with local health system partners and communicating through formal reports and presentations.
  • Data analysis, process observation and flow-mapping, six sigma projects, computer simulation, linear programming, queuing analysis, scheduling, staffing, supply chain management, and literature reviews.
  • Participating in healthcare and industrial engineering education such as IHI Open School, topic-specific lectures, and workshops.

Depending on project work, co-op students often gain skills in:

  • Advanced Excel and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Access databases
  • Arena and VBA simulation
  • Linear programming
  • Forecasting and prediction


The Co-op Program is open to sophomores through seniors studying industrial engineering. Co-op students need to possess strong industrial engineering methods, the ability to work independently and in groups, time management skills, a commitment to excellence, a “can do” work ethic, and must have a desire to make a difference. Students should also be passionate about healthcare, have a familiarity with Excel, display professionalism, hard work, a willingness to learn new skills, and an excitement about the healthcare industry.  Strong communication skills are required as well.


We are looking for students to join us at the forefront of healthcare improvement and innovation. Positions are available at Northeastern's main campus in Boston and satellite campus in Seattle. If you are a Northeastern student, and you are interested in the program, please submit a resume through Northeastern's MyNEU COOL website. Students not affiliated with Northeastern are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Dr. James Benneyan at

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