Our students gain up to 18 months of professional experience working with more than 2,000 employers across the United States and 60+ countries around the world. Most majors complete two six-month co-ops closely related to their area of expertise and more than 80% of these opportunities are paid. This professional experience distinguishes our graduates and helps them land full-time positions upon graduation.

Students may earn experiential education credit when they successfully complete the following components of the Cooperative Education learning model:


Students are required to complete a one credit Professional Development course for Cooperative Education taught by their Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator to be eligible for Co-op. In addition, students will work on an individual basis with their coordinator, who will help them with the development of career goals, job search skills, and the professional behavior essential to success.


Education Faculty Coordinators provide guidance and oversight to students during job searches. Acceptance of all work positions are approved by Co-op Faculty and require that the student commit to the employer for the six month work period. During their co-op experiences, students are employees of the Co-op employer and benefit from the opportunity to learn new skills, to network with professionals in the field, and to make a contribution to the success of their Co-op employer.


Reflection is a critical component of the co-op experience at Northeastern University. Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinators guide students to identify activities and experiences in which they have participated and to reflect upon what they have accomplished, how accomplishments connect to undergraduate studies, and how the activities or experiences have added to their intellectual growth. Students in Communication Studies are evaluated by their employers at the conclusion of the Co-op work period, complete an online self-assessment, and meet individually with their coordinator to discuss what they’ve learned.