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In Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem, students undertake six-month research and work experiences with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Boston, across the United States, and around the world.

In the co-op model, students are constantly preparing, acting, and reflecting. This cycle begins with a one-credit prep course, in which a co-op coordinator teaches students to build an experiential approach to learning, with the goal of mindfully connecting their co-op positions to their courses of study and their professional aspirations. Next, students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply it outside of the classroom in a variety of environments, and then bring that knowledge and those skills back to our campus learning spaces.

Integrating Co-op with Academic Planning

Northeastern students begin by working with their academic advisors to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathway. Students take a one-credit prep course taught by a co-op coordinator and then begin to alternate between full-time academic classes and full-time co-op semesters. Students typically work six-month assignments. The exact start and end dates are determined by the employer in collaboration with the co-op coordinator.

  • Spring co-op:  beginning of January through the last day of June
  • Fall co-op: beginning of July through the last day of December

Northeastern students begin by working with their academic advisor to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathway. Students take a one-credit prep course, and then begin to alternate between full-time academic and full-time co-op semesters. Students typically work six-month assignments. The exact start and end dates are determined by the employer in collaboration with the co-op coordinator.

  1. Go to your MyNEU account.
  2. Click on the ‘experiential learning/co-op’ tab on the top menu.
  3. Choose ‘Appointment Calendar’ link in ‘Co-op’.
  4. In ‘Group’ drop-down select ‘Cooperative Education’.
  5. Find your coordinator’s name.
  6. Select an open time that works.