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Graduate Co-op

Northeastern is a leader in experiential learning and is one of only a few that offer a cooperative education program for graduate students. Cooperative education at the graduate level is not just a way for students to gain real world experience, but it is also a way to challenge, network, expand and fine-tune their knowledge within their respective industry, while helping to finance their education.

Graduate Cooperative Education

The goals of cooperative education are to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in new, authentic contexts.
  • Develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Integrate and use the deepened knowledge and skills in your academic programs.
  • Reflect on and articulate how you used your knowledge and skills, how you gained new knowledge and skills, and how “theory and practice” work together.

The Graduate School of Engineering placed over 800 students with some of the most sought after technical skills in positions globally during the 2018 academic year. We have a team that prepares students for cooperative education experience through resume building, developing interview skills and guiding professional development. Co-op positions are available nationally and globally.

How Co-op Works

Students start with a required co-op course that prepares them to succeed in their co-op experiences. Graduate masters and PhD students may complete one co-op in the course of their degree program.

Northeastern provides a broad-based network of support that helps students prepare for and get the most from co-op, including an academic advisor, a co-op coordinator and if applicable, a global co-op coordinator.  Your co-op coordinator will guide you through the co-op process and help to identify various positions that best match your skills and career interests.  After you’ve completed your co-op assignment, you will be asked to reflect upon your experience and explain how it integrates with your classroom studies. The reflection process may include a variety of options such as one-on-one meetings with your co-op coordinator, writing assignments/or presentations, and online reflections throughout your co-op.

A&P Group


Akamai Technologies

Alcatel-Lucent, Inc.

Amazon Robotics



Bose Corporation

Boston Scientific


Cisco Systems

Dell EMC


EMC Corporation

Ericsson Inc


Faith & Gould






Johnson & Johnson


Max Planck


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory



Oracle Corporation





Virgin Pulse


If you are an employer and would like to learn more about the engineering co-op program, visit our Employer page.

Student Information

Please review the eligibility and requirements to participate in the cooperative education program.

Departmental graduate co-op students are those enrolled in degree programs offered by the following departments:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
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Multidisciplinary Master’s graduate co-op students are those enrolled in the following programs:

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