Cooperative education is Northeastern’s signature form of experiential education. By partnering with Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, global employers gain access to bright, motivated students who are eager to bring their knowledge, skills and cultural perspective outside of the classroom to work, contribute, and learn about another culture. CSSH partners with organizations in a wide variety of global fields, including nonprofit, NGOs, businesses, law firms, and educational institutions, among others.
When a student works in a different country on global co-op, some of the co-op processes are different or more complex. In addition to other employer resources on this website, we encourage global employers to review the global co-op resources below and to work closely with the co-op coordinator to help ensure a positive experience for both the student and the employer.
On-boarding/Orienting a Global Co-op Student
- Visa requirements vary for each individual student and country, so Northeastern provides support and guidance to students in determining the appropriate visa category.
- Employers are asked to be aware of their countries’ requirements and to provide any supporting documentation the student may need in order to successfully obtain a visa.
- Help ensure that the student completes all necessary hiring paperwork with your organization.
- Review and clarify expected start and end dates, keeping Visa restrictions in mind.
When the student begins working
- We suggest that employers review expectations with the student and be available to answer questions as soon after arrival as possible. Topics may include:
- how the student’s work will be evaluated, by whom, how often, and when
- who to go to if there is a problem
- hours of operation
- dress code
- internet use
- cell phones
- language requirements
- learning outcomes and professional take-aways
- additional benefits (free language classes, etc.)
- environmental and cultural information