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
Co-op Placements (2020)
Employer Partners (2018-20)
Countries with Employer Partners (2018-20)
States with Employer Partners (2018-20)
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.
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.
Sample Co-op Employer Partners
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson and Johnson
- MIT Lincoln Labs
- Draper Labs
- Smith and Nephew
- A123 Systems
- 1366 Technologies
- Acorda Therapeutics
- Arsenal Medical
- Biogen Idec
- Bristol-Meyers Squibb
- Dow Chemical Company
- GVD Corporation
- Henkel Loctite
- Metalor Technologies
- Nuvera Fuel Cells
- Pellion Technologies
- Sanofi Genzyme
- Selecta Biosciences
- Shaw, Stone and Webster
- 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
- Boston Engineering
- Boston Red Sox
- Jacobs Engineering Group
- Lockheed Martin
- MIT Lincoln Lab
- Analogic Corporation
- Becton Dickinson
- Bose Corporation
- Boston Scientific Corporation
- General Electric
- The Gillette Company
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory
- Pollak – A Stoneridge Company
- Pratt & Whitney
- United Parcel Service
- Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
- Dell EMC
- Goldman Sachs
- Mass General Hospital
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
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
While on coop at the Sherman Center, Keith Corso had a transformative experience that allowed him to grow his company.
Ananya Naresh, ME’21, data analytics engineering, was drawn to Northeastern’s College of Engineering for both the co-op program and its strong, interdisciplinary academic reputation. “Northeastern came like a natural choice because of the co-op opportunities… And they also have pretty good, well-known professors for computer science, which I can take too because COE allows me […]
It might seem unusual that Kerry Eller discovered her passion for bioengineering during a month-long Dialogue of Civilizations to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. After all, it was an international relations program with courses on disarmament and international law. But in addition to her classes, Eller conducted independent research for a paper on global engineering. These are just a couple of experiences that led Eller to earn the Truman Scholar and the Harold D. Hodgkinson Award.
Environmental engineering student Louiza Wise, E’21, won a 2021 Compass Award which recognizes exemplary students from the senior class who, during their time on campus, have demonstrated a true dedication to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern.