Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not answered below. Answers to these questions and others can also be found in the Co-op Employer Handbook.
By participating in our program your organization will join the thousands of companies and institutions, nationally and internationally, who have become our partners in education. Thank you!
Q: What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?
Cooperative education, also known as co-op, is an educational model that allows students to alternate periods of full-time academic study with periods of full-time, typically paid, work in their areas of interest. Northeastern University co-op students work in a variety of settings including business, human services, government, health care, and other types of organizations.
Q: Why do students participate in the co-op program?
Many students choose Northeastern because of our co-op program. Co-op allows them to make connections between what they are studying and how that knowledge applies outside of a classroom. Co-op students are able to contribute to organizations as well as gain valuable work experience.
Q: What are the benefits of co-op to my company?
With over 100 years of experience connecting students and employers, Northeastern has developed a system that allows you to bring talented and productive students into your workplace. Hiring an energetic young professional is also cost-effective for co-op employers.
Q: What are my organization's responsibilities to the co-op student?
Co-op coordinators work closely with employers and send the resumes of qualified candidates. The employer makes the hiring decisions and provides the student with training. The employer is asked to set goals with the hired student and complete an evaluation at the end of the six month co-op. The evaluation is a valuable instrument for honest communication, guidance as well as suggestions for further professional development.
Q: Is there an employer fee associated with the co-op program?
No, employers do not have to pay a fee in order to be involved in the co-op program.
Q: Are co-op students paid and what benefits must I provide?
Most employers pay students, and compensation is set by the employer and depends on the industry, the level of the position, and the local economy. Most CSSH co-ops jobs pay between $13 and $18 per hour. A few programs (nonprofit, federal government, entertainment, for example) are unpaid or offer stipends. Benefits such as sick time, holidays and vacation are allotted at your discretion. The students’ health insurance- provided by the school (or their parents) remains in effect while they are on the job.
Q: How long would the student work?
Students generally work full-time for six-months, January through June, or July through December. For global employers, the length may vary, depending on VISA restrictions and processing timelines.
Q: How many hours a week would the co-op student work for us?
Co-op positions are full-time opportunities. A student must work no less than 32 hours a week in order to maintain their full-time student status.
Q: What if issues arise?
Northeastern’s co-op program enjoys a high success rate with its employers, and students are formally prepared to participate well before a co-op start date. Should a problem arise, the co-op coordinator is a resource and always available to assist.
Q: How can my organization participate in co-op?
To participate you should submit a job description.