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Integrate co-op into your academic experience

For Students

Cooperative education (co-op) is a signature part of the Experiential Liberal Arts framework and when combined with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics, it enriches your education. These experiences will help you further develop subject-based knowledge, gain insightful perspective, and build self-awareness and confidence. CSSH students participate in co-op programs both domestically and abroad. Learn more about how co-op fits into your experience at Northeastern.

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Build a human resources pipeline of smart, motivated employees

For Employers

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. Learn more about how partnering with Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities can give your organization access to bright students who are prepared to bring their experience and classroom knowledge in order to effectively work, contribute, and learn.

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Work, contribute, and learn about another culture

Global Co-op

Global co-op provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique international experience by working in communities and organizations around the globe. Global employers gain access to bright, motivated students who are eager to bring their knowledge, skills, and cultural perspective outside of the classroom into another culture. CSSH partners with organizations in a wide variety of global fields, including nonprofit, NGOs, businesses, law firms, and educational institutions, among others. Find out more about how global co-op benefits both students and employers. 

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Reflect on your co-op—and where it will take you next

Co-op Posters

Reflection is an integral part of the co-op cycle. It helps students realize the learning takeaways from their co-ops.  Reflection can also shape the next steps on their path forward. Students engage in reflection in a variety of ways, both individually and as a group, during points in time before, during, and after co-op. One example of reflection is for a student to develop a conference style poster and share with other students, faculty, and staff members at the annual CSSH Co-op Expo. Other examples include responding to discussion board posts and guided inquiry prompts online, or using our SAIL (Student Authored Integrated Learning) to reflect on a workplace moment.

Explore students’ experiences and the employers for whom they worked through the posters or our interactive pathways feature.

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