Co-op (or, cooperative education) is an experiential learning program enabling you to explore potential career paths while alternating semesters of academic study with 6-month periods of full-time, paid employment. Northeastern partners with more than 2,000 co-op employers across the U.S. and more than 65 countries around the world. As an undergraduate, you can gain up to 18 months of hands-on, professional experience related to your major or career interests, during which time you do not pay tuition. The skills, contacts, and real-world know-how you gain on co-op—combined with what you learn in the classroom—creates a unique and holistic educational experience. CAMD also offers a graduate co-op program for full-time graduate students.
Explore the co-op difference
Working with your co-op coordinator
Every department in CAMD has a faculty coordinator to guide you through the co-op process—helping you to research co-op positions, develop a strong resume, interview with employers, negotiate and accept an offer, and more. Contact your co-op coordinator to learn about opportunities in your field:
Co-op coordinators also support employers by referring qualified, interested students for full-time co-op positions. Please keep in mind that our co-op partners are free to choose which candidates to interview and hire.
Before your undergraduate co-op
All undergraduate students in good academic standing may participate in up to three co-ops in a five-year program, or two co-ops in a four-year program. (Students in the School of Architecture go on two co-ops in five years.) To get ready, you will take a one-credit Professional Development course, depending on your major, during your freshman or sophomore year.
Work with your co-op coordinator to:
- Evaluate career interests, short- and long-term goals, and developmental steps
- Develop a professional resumé and create digital portfolio or demo reel (if applicable)
- Research companies and available co-op positions
- Apply for a co-op position on NUcareers
- Prepare for employer interviews and job offers
- Review prior work experience, employer evaluations, and current skills, talents, and strengths