Experience Co-op as a CSSH Master’s Student
All CSSH master’s programs offer an optional Cooperative Education Experience (“Co-op”) to eligible students.
Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Experiential Liberal Arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides master’s students with six-month work experiences in businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Boston, across the United States, and around the world. Through co-op, graduate students gain work and research experience, apply their knowledge and skills across contexts. Students also participate in a co-curricular, interdisciplinary experiential integration course. CSSH master’s students have participated in co-op at the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, Indigo Agriculture, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and many more.
- While on co-op, master’s students maintain their status as a full-time student, which includes continued health insurance and access to NU facilities.
- Co-op can extend time-to-degree by 6 months.
- CSSH master’s co-op requires that students commit to full-time employment for 6 months. The two co-op cycles run from January-June or July-December.
- Students prepare for co-op beginning early in the semester before they plan to go on co-op.
- Spring co-ops: January – June: ~ early September
- Fall co-ops: July – December: ~ early January
- CSSH graduate students can take an additional graduate course while on co-op.
- Graduate students can only go on co-op after they have completed two semesters of coursework. They may search and apply for co-op positions during their second semester of coursework if they meet eligibility requirements after completing one full semester of courses in their master’s program at Northeastern.
- GPA requirements vary by program: 3.000 is the college minimum, however, some departments require a higher GPA for eligibility to participate in co-op.
- International students can participate in co-op as curricular practical training (CPT), but may do so only after they have completed their first full academic year. This means they may only go on co-op in year 2.
- Students cannot go on co-op once they have completed all of their required graduate courses. They must have a curricular requirement left in order to go on co-op. They may take their last curricular requirement (online or on ground) while they are on co-op or when they return to campus after completing their co-op.
Coursework and Co-op Work Experience
- Registration for the Co-op Work Experience (XXXX 6964) is handled by Registrar’s Office. It occurs 3 weeks prior to the start of the term and a co-op job has to have been secured. This course triggers full-time academic status. Note: all policy school programs will be registered for PPUA 6964.
- Co-op work experience is graded on a pass/fail basis by the co-op coordinator.
- Registration for the required Experiential Integration course (INSH 6864) is handled by the Graduate Office. This is a co-curricular course; and students will be enrolled once a job is secured and as per the timeline below:
- JANUARY – JUNE CO-OP: Registered for INSH 6864 in Spring and Summer 1
- JULY – DECEMBER CO-OP: Registered for INSH 6864 in Summer 2 and Fall
Important Note: Students must still complete all other curricular requirements associated with their program, so electing to add co-op to the program will increase the SH required for the degree by TWO billable hours.
Graduate students can only go on co-op after they have completed two semesters of coursework. They may search and apply for co-op positions during their second semester of coursework if they meet eligibility requirements after completing one full semester of courses in their master’s program at Northeastern.
- Students meet with the graduate program director to discuss their interests and eligibility and to determine whether/how co-op fits within the curriculum.
- Students are required to attend a mandatory information session (offered at the beginning of each semester).
- Students are required to submit the Co-op Search and Work Agreement by the stated deadline. The Graduate Office will send a link to the Agreement and notification of deadlines.
- Students attend two mandatory workshops: one on resume writing and the second on interviewing.
- After they attend the resume writing workshop, students must schedule a meeting with their co-op coordinator to review their resume.
- They can schedule a meeting in the advising section of the myNortheastern portal.
- Students get approval from the co-op coordinator to begin searching job postings on NUcareers.
- Students select jobs for which to apply, and employers choose whom they want to interview and hire based on skills and qualifications necessary for the job.
- Once students accept a position, they cannot renege on the offer and must commit to working the full 6-month co-op for the employer.
|Program||Graduate Program Director||Co-op Coordinator (s)
|MA Economics||Jun Ma (email@example.com)||Linnea Basu
|MA English||Ryan Cordell (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Lisa Doherty
|MA History||Martin Blatt (email@example.com)||Richard Conley
|MA International Affairs||Gavin Shatkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Joani Lamachia
|MA Political Science||Mai'a Cross (email@example.com)||Eric Winter
|MPA Public Administration||Chris Bosso (firstname.lastname@example.org) ||Eric Winter
|MPP Public Policy||Chris Bosso (email@example.com)||Eric Winter
|MS Criminology & Criminal Justice||Greg Zimmerman (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Michelle Zaff
|MS Security & Resilience Studies||Daniel Aldrich (email@example.com)||Eric Winter
|MS Urban Planning and Policy||Gavin Shatkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Eric Winter
|MS Urban Informatics||Dan O'Brien (email@example.com)||Eric Winter