Cooperative Education (Co-op)
MUPP students can take advantage of Northeastern’s signature cooperative education experience (“co-op”) either at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities or the College of Arts, Media, and Design. The co-op program offers full-time, six-month research and work experiences in nonprofit, public, and private sector institutions in Greater Boston and across the United States. Participating students apply the skills and competencies acquired in the program in a particular professional environment and then reflect on their professional experiences through the required one-credit Experiential Integration course.
Students interested in co-op should contact Professor Linda Kowalcky, who coordinates the School’s experiential education program, to determine eligibility and how co-op will fit within the student’s curriculum.
MUPP Graduate students have participated in co-ops at:
- Boston Municipal Research Bureau
- MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation)
- MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
- Boston Housing Authority
- Metropolitan Area Planning Council
The Policy Capstone is a School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs graduate course where our partners and our students integrate research, policy, and practice in real-world projects. It is an opportunity for graduate students to use their skills and knowledge to support a local, community-led initiative. And it is an opportunity for our public service and non-profit partners to increase their networks and capacity to push a project forward.
Northeastern University students can opt for global opportunities with the option to transfer credits. International experiences encourage students to expand their interdisciplinary horizons and absorb inspiration from a variety of sources beyond their own localities.
Each year, two students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Masters programs can participate in a one-semester exchange program with the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Exchange students will be enrolled in the Urban Studies Research Master’s program. This is an academic, research-oriented program that will be complementary to our professionally-focused programs.
The semester abroad takes place during the second fall semester of a student’s matriculation.
For additional information, please visit the Global Experience Office.
Type of Program