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Co-op Information for Students

Integrate co-op into your academic experience

Co-op Curriculum Model

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.

Integrating Co-op with Academic Planning

Northeastern students who choose to participate in co-op begin by working with their  academic advisor to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathway. The calendar below represents co-op semester start and end dates.  Participting students alternate between academic and co-op semesters . 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 Cycle

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