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
Caitlynn Tov, E’21, bioengineering, conducted research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on the TEAL Bio face mask while on co-op, leading to her authoring/contributing to two papers and three patents. The mask is made of a clear silicone rubber material with removable filters and is equally as effective as the N95 mask.
When the co-op of Jared Covell, E’22, mechanical engineering, was canceled by the pandemic, he ended up working as a design engineer at a dream company for mechanical engineering, Tesla, with the support, mentoring and network of connections of his co-op coordinator. As a project lead on Tesla’s Drive Systems Structures team, Covell modeled components for a dynamometer assembly used to test a new electric motor. He led design reviews among the company’s structures, lubrication, and motor teams — then applied their feedback to optimize his models in the next iteration.
Aurobindo Samantaray, ME’21, cyber-physical systems, joined the Northeastern community in January 2020. He came to Northeastern for its co-op program, bringing with him professional experience in embedded systems by working with large companies in the automotive industry—build automation. Samantaray worked on various software and products that have lifesaving capabilities such as airbags and occupant classification […]
Sai Kale joined the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program in Spring 2020, immediately jumping into topics such as application engineering, web development, and user experience engineering. When asked why she chose Northeastern University, Kale states, “The opportunity to learn new technologies through well-designed courses, alongside practical exposure through a strong co-op structure, […]