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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 - 2018

2644

Co-op Placements (BS, MS, and PhD)

882

Employer Partners

65

Countries with Employer Partners

28

States with Employer Partners


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.

Lorraine Mountain portrait

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.
  • AMETEK Aerospace
  • Analog Devices, Incl
  • Apple
  • BAE Systems
  • Bose Corporation
  • Draper Laboratories
  • EMC
  • General Electric
  • Hasbro
  • IBM
  • IRobot
  • Lockheed Martin
  • LTX Corporation
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratories
  • MITRE
  • National Grid / Massachusetts Electric
  • NSTAR
  • Oracle
  • Raytheon
  • Textron Systems
  • US Department of Transportation Volpe Center
  • Zoran Corporation
  • 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

The Full Experience—Local to Afar

Emily Chernich, BS Bioengineering 2019, always loved engineering and the medical field, but wasn’t sure how to combine them in her studies. She found the perfect program to pursue her interests at Northeastern, joining its first graduating class of bioengineering majors. She participated in three co-ops during her time at Northeastern, the second of which […]

A Pioneering Invention on Co-op

Like many, Grace Carroll, BS, Computer Engineering 2020, came to Northeastern for its renowned co-op program. “I learn a lot better doing things hands-on than just in the classroom,” Carroll said. “The fact that they schedule [co-op] into your degree for you to go learn hands-on—I really thought that was a big difference between Northeastern […]

One to Watch

Carlos Fuentes, BS Mechanical Engineering and Physics 2018, balances a job at Amazon with a startup born of his passion for vintage timepieces For his sixteenth birthday, Carlos Fuentes, E’18, received an unusual gift from a family friend: a broken vintage watch movement. “My dad’s friend knew I was enamored with mechanical stuff,” explains Fuentes. […]

Flexible Programs, Hands-On Experience

After completing her bachelor’s in bioengineering in Singapore, Nikitha Jayachandran, MS in Bioengineering 2018, was unsure of her future in the field. She originally chose bioengineering because she wanted to study something related to medicine, but not surgical. Through her courses, she found that she liked the biology side of her field but wasn’t as […]