For Employers

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the co-op pro­gram, orga­ni­za­tions join the thou­sands of com­pa­nies and insti­tu­tions, nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally, who have become CAMD’s part­ners in education.


Cooperative education, also known as co-op, is an educational model that allows students to alternate periods of full-time academic study with periods of full-time work in their areas of interest.

CAMD students choose Northeastern because of our required co-op program. Co-op allows them to gain valuable work experience in a firm or organization, explore new interests, learn more about career options, and develop a network of professionals.

The program offers a continual gateway to enthusiastic employees with developing skills and talents, as well as potential relationships with future colleagues. This partnership offers employers:

  • A simple, cost-effective way to meet human resource needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs: co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees.
  • Six-month co-op periods, with ample time for students to be productive and valuable employees (scheduling back-to-back co-op periods results in full-time coverage for on-going work).
  • The enthusiasm, fresh perspective, and energy of talented young people eager to learn.

To post a position, contact Craig Bettinson, Director of Cooperative Education, for more information.

An organization is responsible for all hiring decisions and providing the student with adequate training to perform the job. The employer is asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the work period with the student. The evaluation is a valuable instrument for honest communication, guidance as well as suggestions for further professional development.

No, employers do not have to pay a fee in order to be involved in the co-op program.

Students work for a four to eight-month period. It is possible for organizations to obtain year-round coverage by alternating students at the work site. Therefore, the co-op program can be used for both short or long-term hiring needs.

Northeastern’s co-op program enjoys a high success rate with its employers. Should a problem arise, contact the co-op coordinator as soon as possible. Remember that a co-op student is an employee of the organization and should expect to be treated as a member of the permanent staff.

The salary is determined by the employer, and is reflective of the architecture industry. The typical salary range for CAMD student positions is based on skill level and experience. Co-op students are eligible for overtime pay as required by law. Benefits such as sick time, holidays and vacation are allotted at the employer’s discretion. The student’s health insurance is provided by the school and remains in effect while they are on the job.

Yes, once the employer receives the packet of resumes, they would contact the qualified candidates they would like to interview. Employers are not required to hire a co-op student if they feel there are no qualified candidates.

Although organizations are not making permanent hiring commitments when they employ co-op students, it has proven to be an effective recruitment tool. Co-op provides a trial period during which employers can assess a student’s long-term potential. Many students return to their previous co-op jobs for permanent employment.

If you would like to work with Northeastern please connect with your corresponding Co-op Coordinator:

ArchitectureLynn Burke

Art + Design: Dori Mazor

Communication Studies / Media and Screen Studies: William Jackson, Emily Smedick, Jacqui Sweeney 

Game Design / Journalism: Michelle Hagopian

Music: Craig Bettinson

Theatre: Kellianne Murphy

Global: Kellianne Murphy