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, which helps students 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.
While co-op is optional, over 90% of CSSH students complete at least one co-op, while 67% complete two or more co-ops.
Students work closely with both their co-op coordinators and their academic coordinators to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathways, alternating between academic and co-op semesters. The calendar below represents co-op semester start and end dates. Typically, cooperative education semesters are six-months in length, January – June/July -December. View a few sample four- and five-year academic plans with co-op here.
Co-op Start Date
Co-op End Date
|Spring 2017||Tuesday, January 3, 2017||Friday, June 30, 2017|
|Fall 2017||Wednesday, July 5, 2017||Friday, December 29, 2017|
|Spring 2018||Wednesday, January 3, 2018||Friday, June 29, 2018|
|Fall 2018||Thursday, July 5, 2018||Friday, December 28, 2018|
|Spring 2019||Thursday, January 3, 2019||Friday, June 28, 2019|