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Through co-op, students in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice undertake six-months of full-time research and work experiences with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in the United States and abroad. Co-op is one of several experiential learning opportunities available to students.

Co-op for Undergraduate Students

Co-ops provide students with a competitive advantage upon graduation by granting the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world experiences. Undergraduates typically pursue between one and three co-ops during their academic studies at Northeastern.

Co-op for Graduate Students

We are one of the only programs in the country that offers experiential learning at the graduate level, extending Northeastern’s trademark undergraduate co-op to graduate students. Graduate students will be contacted at the end of their first semester with details about info sessions to get started.

Co-op Placements

Placements span domestic and international environments like law offices, government offices, political campaigns, international committees, police departments, research centers, nonprofit organizations, insurance companies, juvenile justice groups, medical centers, courthouses, private banks, and more.

Popular Co-op Experiences

Take part in suspicious activity transactional analysis, prospective client research and risk evaluation, fraudulent activity assessment and triage, data entry, special projects, and intelligence briefings on current financial crime news and trends.

Work directly with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, paralegals, and other law enforcement personnel on investigations, preparing cases for trial, and researching matters related to specific cases.

Perform financial analysis on customer account activity to investigate money laundering, potential terrorist financing, insider trading, securities fraud, market manipulation, suspected theft or embezzlement, on-line account compromise, and other related regulatory or criminal violations.

Work with a national Civil Litigation firm on pretrial and trial preparation with files, including pleadings, memoranda of law, and depositions.

Manage compliance with economic and trade sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and global financial regulators. Sanctions seek to achieve national security and foreign policy goals including combating terrorism, financial crimes, narcotics trafficking, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Utilize data to initiate cases of internal and external fraud which are sent to field personnel for further investigation.

Assist the Medicaid Fraud Division with complex criminal and civil cases involving provider fraud, drug diversion, patient abuse and neglect, and other types of white-collar crimes within the Medicaid program.

Poster Presentation Sessions

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. Students who will be selecting co-ops for upcoming semesters are invited to attend the presentations and hear from returning students. SCCJ faculty and staff are also on-hand during the presentations to answer questions and engage with students.

Emergency Communications Center at Cambridge Police Department
Forensic and Litigation Division at FTI Consulting
US Marshals Service