Both undergraduate and graduate students will start with a required co-op course that prepares students to succeed in their co-op experiences. For undergraduates, the first co-op opportunity typically begins in the second half of sophomore year, and there are options to complete up to two co-ops in the course of a four-year program or up to three co-ops in the course of a five-year program. Graduate masters and PhD students may complete one co-op in the course of their degree program.
Northeastern provides a broad-based network of support that helps students prepare for and get the most from co-op, including an academic advisor, a co-op coordinator and if applicable, a global co-op coordinator. Your co-op coordinator will guide you through the co-op process and help to identify various positions that best match your skills and career interests. After you’ve completed your co-op assignment, you will be asked to reflect upon your experience and explain how it integrates with your classroom studies. The reflection process may include a variety of options such as one-on-one meetings with your co-op coordinator, writing assignments/or presentations, and online reflections throughout your co-op.
Student Success Stories
Dream Co-op to Full Time JobVineel KondiboyinaMS, Bioengineering 2018
“I’m using my undergrad experience and my graduate experience that I built upon for my professional experience.”
Sample Co-op Positions
We have provided this set of job descriptions to first-year undergraduate students to explore the different majors. These examples are taken from actual co-op job descriptions, but are changed to preserve the identity of the company, and do not represent currently available positions. Review our Sample Résumé for the best way to format your information.
Below are links to the sample job descriptions for each major.