Introduction to Cooperative Education

Graduating seniors at Northeastern routinely respond to employment advertisements that read “previous experience required,” and you may, too. Thanks to Co-op, when you go out into the working world as a graduate, you may already have completed up to a year and a half of paid, professional work.

The Co-op Program offers you, the student, opportunities to:

  • Clarify short and long term personal, educational, and career goals;
  • Integrate what is studied in classes with what is experienced when working;
  • Enhance understanding and appreciation for the “world at work”;
  • Develop job finding, job survival, and career advancement skills; and
  • Strengthen your developing identity as a professional in your career choice, working with role models in your chosen field.

How Co-op Works for You

Your Co-op experience begins in the classroom and continues to resonate there long after your co-op job ends. Co-op is intertwined with your studies, beginning with the Introduction to Experiential Education course during your sophomore year.

As a Co-op Student, you will be assigned to a specific Co-op Faculty Coordinator. Your Coordinator will work with you from your first year through your graduation year as a bridge between classroom studies and career goals, collaborating with faculty and co-op employers to match your interests, talents and objectives to the most appropriate Co-op positions.

In addition, your Co-op Faculty Coordinator will help you develop your resume, will provide training to sharpen your interviewing skills, and will help facilitate the integration of youron-the-job experience with your course work. As your academic and career interests evolve, your co-op faculty coordinator will help to guide you toward co-op experiences that help you achieve your personal and career goals.

Reflection is a vital part of your Co-op experience. When you return to the classroom from Co-op, you will be expected to engage in reflection activities to help you process your work experience.