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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.

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.


Co-op Quick Facts

2,992

Co-op Placements (2019)

2,101

Employer Partners (2017-19)

60

Countries with Employer Partners (2017-19)

46

States with Employer Partners (2017-19)


Innovating at Bose Corporation

Grace Carroll, BS, Computer Engineering, did her first co-op at Bose Corporation as a research engineer doing electrical engineering work. She did hardware programming for running headsets and sleep headsets, and her pioneering invention was submitted for a patent. The experience has made her want to be an engineer even more.

Opportunity Strikes for MS in Information Systems Co-op Student

Jerin Rajan, MS in Information Systems 2019, wanted to work with applications and further develop his skills in the Cloud Computing technologies. While on co-op in a DevOps position at Amadeus, he worked on migration of monitoring platform, which uses real-time stream processing technology to Kubernetes infrastructure. He also had a chance to work with people around the world, exchange his ideas and learn from them every single day.

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Recognized for Excellence in Cooperative Education

Lorraine Mountain, Assistant Dean and Senior Co-op Coordinator for undergraduate and departmental graduate programs, was selected as the Alvah K. Borman Award recipient for 2019 by ASEE for her significant contributions to the advancement of Engineering Cooperative Education.

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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:

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

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Student Experiences

Thinking Out of the Box at Toyota Research Institute

When Amanda Zhu graduated from Northeastern University in May of 2018 with a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering, she only had to wait a month before she started working at the Toyota Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originating from China, Zhu graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Out of My Comfort Zone in Tanzania

Jacob Kaplan is a fourth-year computer engineering/computer science major on co-op at Sikubora in Arusha, Tanzania. He is originally from Amherst in western Massachusetts. He is interested in sustainable energy and is exploring and considering career paths. Written by Jacob Kaplan. I am working at a company called Sikubora in Arusha, Tanzania. Arusha is a […]

Conducting Environmental Research on Co-op at the University of Cagliari in Italy

About Aidan Travers is a fourth-year BS/MS environmental engineering student on co-op as a research assistant at the University of Cagliari, in Cagliari, Italy. His research on co-op focused on new methods of biological nitrogen removal from wastewater. Written by Aidan Travers As the youngest of three boys in my family, I have always looked […]

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An Opportunity to Discover my Homeland

Elise Papazian is a fourth-year BS student in Environmental Engineering from Rhode Island. She completed her first co-op at a civil engineering firm called The Morin Cameron Group in Danvers, MA, and is currently on co-op in Armenia at Optimum Energy working on the design and construction of solar plants. She plans to complete a […]