Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose remarkable challenges, several students in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice demonstrated resilience by adapting their co-ops to suit a virtual format.
In March, at the onset of COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States, most students made the decision—or were otherwise required—to continue their work from home. Others, like criminal justice major Annie Glass, insisted on following through with their co-ops. Regardless of how they left off, all of this semester’s co-op students managed to modify their co-op posters to suit a virtual format in order to ensure SCCJ could continue with its bi-annual tradition of co-op poster presentations.
Typically, once SCCJ students return from co-op, they are given a platform to share their overall experiences, including broad goals, daily responsibilities, focus projects, learning outcomes, classroom integration, and future direction. This semester, everyone worked together to get these presentations ready for virtual display over Zoom, and moderators created breakout rooms to manage small group discussions and invite questions.
We heard from students who completed co-ops with:
- Bain and Company, Tech Services Group
- Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project
- Boston Medical Center
- Boston Public Schools, Office of Equity
- Cambridge Police Department
- Commonwealth of MA, Bureau of Health Licensure
- Commonwealth of MA, Executive Office of Public Safety
- Commonwealth of MA, Office for Victim Assistance
- Hagens Berman, International Law Firm
- Iron Mountain, Global Safety
- NU Kostas Research Institute
- Roxbury Court, Probation Department and CHOICE Program
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
- U.S. Marshall’s Office
Despite moving to remote work, the students attested to the usual benefits of Northeastern’s co-op model—comprehensive, real-world experience, networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, and professional and personal growth.
Learn more about co-op in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.