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Cooperative Education

An innovative approach to education that integrates professional industry experience into the academic curriculum

Experiential learning, anchored by our world-renowned cooperative education program, is the heart of a Northeastern education. Starting in 1909, the College of Engineering was the first school at Northeastern to offer the co-op program. Today the university is ranked No. 1 in internships/co-ops by U.S. News and World Report.

Co-op gives BS, MS, and PhD students an opportunity to work within their profession for four, six, or eight-month periods as part of their academic program, giving them real-world experience while helping to finance their education. Co-op positions are also available locally and globally and for industry and research positions.

Co-op is also of high value to employers, providing them access to talented and innovative students to meet their workforce needs and business objectives.


In light of the unusual impact on the economy and working conditions around the world resulting from COVID-19, some temporary exceptions have been made to the definition of co-op. After approval, please consult with your co-op coordinator to learn more.

 


Co-op Quick Facts

2,897

Co-op Placements (2022)

2,200

Employer Partners (2020-22)

27

Countries with Co-op Placements (2021)

39

States with Co-op Placements (2021)


We Are No. 1 in Cooperative Education

Cooperative education provides students real-world experience employed in their field of interest for six months as part of the academic curriculum. See how these students are applying what they learn in the classroom while on the job and gaining a competitive edge upon graduation, including full time job offers.

Bioengineering at the Speed of Covid

Ella Strzegowski (Bioengineering E’23) embarked on a co-op at Moderna in the fall of 2021, just as the company was applying for its biologics license and COVID-19’s Omicron variant was tearing through the population. Her experience placed her at the epicenter of covid-related research even as the virus—and the world’s response to it—changed by the day.

PhD Research for Impact

Archil Lelashvili (MS in Information Systems) came to Northeastern from the nation of Georgia. Pursuing a co-op experience as a software engineer at Boston-based Quickbase, he learned to “translate ideas into code,” gaining insights from the senior software engineers around him while working with the same suite of tools.

Out of This World Experiences

Mechanical Engineering student Paige Butler shares how her involvement in the student group Students for the Exploration and Development of Space landed her two co-ops at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and subsequently, a full-time position following graduation. Learn how Northeastern University’s cooperative education program helps undergraduate students explore their passions while providing unparalleled opportunities for career advancement.

Sample Co-op Employer Partners

  • Abiomed
  • Boston Scientific
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • MIT Lincoln Labs
  • Draper Labs
  • Medtronic
  • Smith and Nephew
  • A123 Systems
  • 1366 Technologies
  • Acorda Therapeutics
  • Ambri
  • Arsenal Medical
  • Ashland
  • Biogen Idec
  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Eink
  • GVD Corporation
  • Henkel Loctite
  • Infinium
  • Metalor Technologies
  • Nano-C
  • Nuvera Fuel Cells
  • Pellion Technologies
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Selecta Biosciences
  • Shaw, Stone and Webster
  • Technip
  • TEL
  • Waters Corporation
  • Xtalic Corporation
  • Barletta Engineering
  • CDM, Inc.
  • J.L. Marshall & Sons, Inc.
  • McKenzie Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Natgun Corporation
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • PB Power
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
  • Suffolk Construction
  • Tetra Tech Rizzo
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Amazon Robotics
  • Analog Devices
  • Apple
  • Bose
  • Boston Engineering
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Cisco
  • Draper
  • Hasbro
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • iRobot
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Medtronic
  • MIT Lincoln Lab
  • Raytheon
  • SimpliSafe
  • SpaceX
  • Starry
  • Tesla
  • WHOOP
  • Analogic Corporation
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Bose Corporation
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Foster-Miller
  • General Electric
  • The Gillette Company
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Pollak – A Stoneridge Company
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Raytheon
  • United Parcel Service
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
  • BMW
  • Dell EMC
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Mass General Hospital
  • MathWorks
  • Tesla

Co-op Team for Undergraduate and Graduate Departmental Degrees

Supporting programs in the following departments:

Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Co-op Team for Multidisciplinary Masters Degrees

Supporting the following programs:

Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Architecture and Management, Information Systems, Software Engineering Systems, Telecommunication Networks

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Student Experiences

A Confidence Boost to Succeed in the Telecommunications Industry

Varun Sachdev, MS’09, chose Northeastern University’s College of Engineering to pursue a master’s in telecommunication networks because of its focus on industry experiences to complement the academic program. Sachdev notes, “I had friends who told me about the co-op program—Northeastern’s flagship program. I came in with a lot of academic background, but no industry experience.” […]

Featured Galante Fellow: Marlena Stanton

Growing up, Marlena always had an affinity for math and chemistry. Coupled with her interest in healthcare and cosmetic chemistry, chemical engineering was the perfect fit. At Northeastern, however, Marlena realized that another passion of hers lies in understanding processes as a whole and being able to use systems thinking to inform decisions. This realization […]

Featured Galante Fellow: Beatriz Feijóo Gómez

Beatriz Feijóo Gómez is a sixth-year student at Northeastern University, graduating December 2022 with a Master of Science in Engineering Management and having previously received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in May 2021. Beatriz has always had an affinity for math and science, and growing up one of her favorite things to do […]

Securing Mobile Networks 4G to 5G and Beyond

Apoorva Jain, an alumnus of the MS in Telecommunication Networks program, gained valuable experience on an eight-month co-op at telecommunications company Ericsson, working on the systems integration team. Upon graduation he received a full time position at Ericsson in product development and validation. Now Jain is a senior product manager in cloud and network security at Palo Alto Networks.