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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 College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.

In the Asian Studies Program, students have the opportunity to work in a variety of organizations in positions that provide substantive learning and skill development.  Through these experiences, students gain valuable training and insights into the major and also their career development. Asian studies majors have opportunities to develop skills and experience by working in domestic and international NGOs, research and policy think tanks, educational organizations, and arts and communications organizations. Through cooperative education, students make important connections between their academic and experiential learning and gain perspective on how to be engaged workers and citizens in today’s global society.

If you would like to learn more about how co-op works in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the CSSH co-op website, or contact the co-op coordinator for Asian Studies, Dr. Joani LaMachia.

Co-ops in Asian Studies

Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below is a partial list of the co-op employers and sample job titles by field or industry.

Northeastern students begin by working with their academic advisor to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathway. Students take a one-credit prep course, and then begin to alternate between full-time academic and full-time co-op semesters. Students typically work on six-month assignments. The exact start and end dates are determined by the employer in collaboration with the Co-op Coordinator.


  • Cambodian Center for Human Rights – Human Rights Officer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Harpswell Foundation – Leadership Resident, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Landmine Museum – Administrative Assistant, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • National Committee on U.S-China Relations – Administrative Assistant, New York City, N.Y.
  • A New Day Cambodia – Teaching Assistant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Dandelion School – English Teaching Assistant, Beijing, China
  • Cambodian Center for Independent Media, Communications Officer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • People for Successful Corea Reunification (PSCORE), Marketing/Communications Assistant – Seoul, South Korea
  • Asia Society Policy Institute – Research Assistant, Washington, D.C.
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, China Environment and Kissinger Institute – Research Assistant, Washington, D.C.
  • Nuppun Institute for Economic Research – International Research Assistant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Meet with your coordinator to plan a co-op

  1. Go to your MyNEU account.
  2. Click on the ‘experiential learning/co-op’ tab on the top menu.
  3. Choose the ‘Appointment Calendar’ link in ‘Co-op’.
  4. In the ‘Group’ drop-down select ‘Cooperative Education’.
  5. Find your coordinator’s name.
  6. Select an open time that works.

About co-ops

Co-op Information

Integrate co-op into your academic experience. Cooperative education 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.

Find A Co-op

Build a human resources pipeline of smart, motivated employees. 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. 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 to work.

Become A Co-op Employer

Work, contribute, and learn about another culture. 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.

Find An International Co-op