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Cooperative Education (co-op) allows employers in a wide variety of fields to build a human resources pipeline of energetic, young professionals. Our employer partners include  a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, law firms, and many more participants from an array of industries.

The Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University, also known as “co-op,” is an educational model that provides students with opportunities to alternate periods of academic study and periods of paid, full-time employment related to their academic majors and interests.

For you, the employer, the program offers a continual gateway to enthusiastic employees with developing skills and talents, as well as potential relationships with future colleagues. This partnership offers you:

  1. A simple, cost-effective way to meet human resource needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs – Co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees;
  2. Six-month co-op periods, with ample time for students to be productive and valuable employees (scheduling back-to-back co-op periods results in full-time coverage for ongoing work);
  3. Opportunities to create flexible work environments in which permanent staff are able to take on special projects or complete “hard to get to” projects while co-op students take on recurring work; and
  4. The enthusiasm, fresh perspective, and energy of talented young people eager to learn.