Cooperative
Education

Founded over a century ago, our co-op program is one of the largest and most innovative of its kind in the world. Through cooperative education, students are able to develop professional skills, meet valuable contacts, and explore one or more career paths.

For over 100 years, Northeastern has been a world leader in cooperative education (co-op), the University’s cornerstone experiential learning program.

By alternating semesters of academic study with periods of full-time work, students are able to transform work across academic and professional contexts. Co-op provides students the opportunity to explore or refine potential career paths, make valuable industry connections, broaden perspectives, and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed —all while learning and growing outside the comfort zone of the classroom.

Quick Facts
When Can You Start

All Northeastern students can participate in the co-op program. Undergraduates must first complete three academic semesters and alternate periods of academic study with six-month periods of work experience in their field(s) of interest. Transfer students are eligible to start co-op after completing at least one academic semester at Northeastern.

Plan Up To

Co-op advisors help students plan up to three co-ops while staying on track for graduation in 4-5 years.

THE CO-OP JOURNEY

The program starts with a mandatory preparation course and required reflections, both during and post co-op, to help reinforce learning. Reflections can be completed as part of an expo, poster presentation, essay, video, or meeting.

Students gain up to 18 months of professional experience and may work in world-renowned health care institutions, neighborhood health clinics, with multinational biotechnology companies, as well as nonprofit research labs. Students develop impressive resumes and many receive offers of employment from their co-op employer.

MOST Co-OPS ARE FULL TIME AND PAID

Most co-ops are full-time, paid positions with the co-op employer. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op, although they are still considered full-time students with no change in benefits. Students who complete the co-op program also receive a notation on their college transcript.

3,100+ EMPLOYERS 136 COUNTRIES

Northeastern works with more than 3,100 employers across the United States and in 136 countries around the world.

Discover our co-op employers

Behavioral Neuroscience
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Clinical Research Student Assistant
Boston Children’s Hospital
Genetic Counseling Assistant
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
C.O.R.I. Unit Intern
Harvard Medical School
Research Assistant (Fishell)
Italian Home For Children, Inc.
Residential Counselor
Liquiglide Inc.
Coatings Engineer
Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Assistant
MIT Lincoln Laboratory/strong>
CO-OP Student – Science Writer (Req 25384)
Novartis AG
Medicinal/Organic Chemist
Partners Healthcare
Research Assistant (Center for Nervous System Repair-HMS)
The Boston Beer Company Inc
Boston: Sensory, Research & Development Lab Co-op
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc
Machine Intelligence Co-Op
Biochemistry
bluebird bio, Inc.
Vivarium Co-op
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Laboratory Research Trainee
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
Co-op: Belfer Center
Harvard Medical School
Research Assistant (Crickmore)
New England Aquarium Corp
Penguin Husbandry Co-op Aquaristry
Peapod Digital Labs
Data Science
MPro Sports Orthopedics, Inc
Medical Assistant
The Boston Consulting Group/strong>
Global Learning and Development Co-op
WGBH Educational Foundation
Human Resources Co-op
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover
Research Co-op
Co-op
Bioinformatics
bluebird bio, Inc.
Stem Cell Research – 1119
Harvard University
Organ-on-Chips Co-op
Indigo Agriculture
Microbial Analytics and Quality Control Co-op
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Solar Incentive Fellowship
Merck KGaA
Explorative Cancer Research Co-Op
Moderna Therapeutics
Co-op, Analytical Development (JT)
New England Baptist Hospital
Operating Room Attendant
Partners Healthcare
Therapy Aide
Tarveda Therapeutics
Formulations & Analytical Co-op
Tufts Medical Center
Student Nurse Technician- Medical-Surgical
Biology/Cell and Molecular Biology
Acceleron Pharma Inc.
Regulatory Affairs Co-op
Alnylam Pharamaceuticals
Analytical Sciences, Stability Co-Op
BlueWave Solar
Operations Intern
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Genomic Variant Curator
Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary
Research Assistant
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Commercial Clean Heating and Generation Fellowship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Assistant
Merck KGaA
Protein Engineering and Antibody Technologies Co-Op
New England Baptist Hospital
Human Resources and Medical Staff Office Co-op
Roslindale Pediatrics
Medical Assistant
Surface Oncology
Protein Biochemistry Co-Op
The Marine Biological Laboratory
Cephalopod Co-op Aquarist
Pfizer Inc.
Cell Culture Process Development Co-op
Biotechnology
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Infant/Toddler Teacher, Family Solutions
Cataldo Ambulance Service Inc
EMT
Living Proof, Inc.
Discovery Co-op
Morphic Therapeutic, Inc.
Biology Co-op
Northeastern University
Assistant Teacher
Oncorus, Inc.
Research Associate, Molecular Biology
Ra Pharmaceuticals
Target Biology Research Technician
Smart Energy Island
Intern
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Co-Op, Analytical Development
Wayfair LLC
Business Analyst Co-op (Pricing, Marketing, Comp Intel, Ops, Talent, Finance, Product)
Chemistry
Abbvie, Inc,
Neuroscience Histology
Best Bees Company
Beekeeper and Field Researcher
Boston Medical Center
Research Assistant
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Patient Care Assistant – Intermediate Neuroscience (10CD)
Cogen Therapeutics, Inc.
Molecular Biologist
Cygnal Therapeutics
Research Associateher
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Program Management
Mass. Bay Brewing Company, Inc.
QA/QC Lab Technician
Ropes and Gray LLP
Training Assistant
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Clinical Research Assistant
Environmental Sciences & Studies/Marine Biology
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Wetland and Waterways Co-op
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center       
Clean Technology Innovation Fellow
New England Aquarium
Giant Ocean Tank Co-op
MSPCA Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell
Veterinary Assistant-Collaborative Care Team
New England Wildlife Center, Inc.
Wildlife Hospital Co-op
Northeastern University
Ocean Genome Legacy Laboratory Assistant
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Geological Research Assistant
Best Bees Company                        Beekeeper and Field Scientist
BlueWave Solar
Operations Intern
The Marine Biological Laboratory
Cephalopod Co-op Aquarist
Linguistics
Aircraft Music Library
AirCraft / IndieTracks Music Library Intern
Asher Kornbluth MD Medical Practice
Undergraduate intern
Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Assistant
Merck Research Laboratories
uncovering molecular mechanism of non coding rna in intestinal barrier function
Translate Bio
Co-op for Bioanalytical Chemistry
William James College
Junior Research and Evaluation Associate
City of Boston
Office of Equity – Undergraduate Co-op
Harvard University
Research Assistant (Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders)
WaysideYouth & Family Support Network/strong>
Residential Counselor
Mathematics
Amgen Inc.
Undergrad Co-op R&D (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)
Jounce Therapeutics, Inc.
CMC- Cell Line Development
Boston University
Research Assistant
Codiak Biosciences.
Co-op Purification (Downstream Process Development)
Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Synthetic/Medicinal Chemistry Co-op
Goldfinch Bio
Synthetic / Medicinal Chemist
Biogen Inc.
Co-op: Protein and Cell Engineering
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
(GLOBAL) Biology for Ageing Research Co-op
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
PwC Assurance (Audit) Co-op – Job Location: Hong Kong
ZoomInfo
Human Resources and Recruiting Coordinator Co-op
Lockheed Martin
Engineering Co-op (Energy Storage)
Physics
Spinnaker Capital LLC
Private Investments Operations Intern
Boston Medical Center
Research Assistant
Genentech
Data Steward
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Agriculture Research Co-op
Octagon Therapeutics Inc
Microbiology Research Scientist Co-op
Sanofi Genzyme
QC Chemist
Sense
Device/Client Support Analyst
Victory Programs, Inc.
Assistant Intake Coordinator
Camp4 Therapeutics
Research Assistant
Harvard University
Research Technician (Lee)
Queen’s University
Research assistant (Perception and Action research)
Psychology
Air Force Research Laboratory
Information Directorate Co-op Intern
Bose Corporation
Global Sales and Marketing Project Manager Co-op
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Wildlife Biologist Aide
Duke University
Research Asst., Neurobiology Graduate Program
Harvard University
Audio Visual/Information Technology Assistant
Homesite Group Inc.
Actuarial Analyst Associate
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Corporate Social Responsibility Co-op
Tufts Medical Center
Clinical Laboratory Co-op
US Food and Drug Administration
Laboratory Support Technician
WAVE Life Sciences
Oligonucleotide Co-Op

Co-op Advising

Students are supported by their discipline-specific co-op advisor throughout the process and meet their co-op advisor in the Co-op Preparation Course their sophomore year. The course focuses on career exploration, employer research, resume development, and interview preparation. In addition, co-op advisors meet with each student individually prior to initiating a co-op job search to discuss the student’s interests and goals, polish their resume, and address job-search strategies.

You can learn by visiting the Northeastern Co-op page .

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Lisa Campagnoni

Lisa Campagnoni

Associate Director of Undergraduate Cooperative Education & Global Co-op
Catherine Cosgrove

Catherine Cosgrove

Associate Co-Op Coordinator: Cell & Molecular Biology
Kate Daher

Kate Daher

Assistant Co-op Coordinator
Vanecia Harrison

Vanecia Harrison

Associate Director of Graduate Cooperative Education

Next Steps.

The Basics of Co-Op

Eligibility
Undergraduates may participate in co-op after completing three academic semesters. Transfer students are eligible after completing at least one academic semester at Northeastern.
Schedule
Co-op advisors help students plan up to three co-ops while staying on track for graduation in 4-5 years.
Preparation
The program includes a mandatory preparation course and a post co-op reflection, which may be completed as part of an expo, poster presentation, reflection essay, video, or meeting.
Advantages
Students gain up to 18 months of professional experience and may work in world-renowned health care institutions, neighborhood health clinics, with multinational biotechnology companies, as well as nonprofit research labs.
Compensation
Most co-ops are full-time, paid positions with the co-op employer. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op, although they are still considered full-time students with no change in benefits.
Employers
Northeastern works with more than 3,100 employers across the United States and in
136 countries around the world.

Co-op News

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Instagram takeover: Ocean Genome Legacy Center

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Chemistry and Chemical Biology
April 26, 2022

Instagram takeover: Fatemah Mukadum

Become a Co-op Employer

For the employer, the Northeastern Co-op program offers a gateway to enthusiastic employees with developing skills and talents, plus the opportunity to connect and network with future colleagues. In addition, the program provides a cost-effective way to meet human resource needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs. Co-op students are paid as temporary, hourly employees.

Interested in becoming an undergraduate Co-op employer? Contact Veronica Porter today at [email protected] or 617.373.3471.

Interested in becoming graduate or PhD Co-op employer? Contact Vanecia Harrison today at [email protected] or 617.373.3667.

Benefits

  • Build your own qualified, trained future employee pool
  • Six-month co-op periods allow ample time for students to be productive and valuable employees after they are trained
  • Schedule back-to-back co-op periods for full-time coverage or select six-month periods for busy times
    • Spring Co-op – January 1 – June 30*
    • Fall Co-op – July 1 – December 31*
      *Dates are approximate and determined by the employer.

When you become an employer partner of Northeastern University, you work with a dedicated co-op advisor to assist you throughout the process. This expert faculty member works within the structured program to support you and students.

The Co-op Cycle in Six Easy Steps

Step 1: Identify your needs
We can advise you about what level and type of students are available, what types of tasks are appropriate for a co-op position, and how other students can benefit your organization.
Step 2: Submit a job description
The job description will describe your company and the position to be filled, job requirements, and pay range. We will help you refine the job description and identify appropriate tasks for co-op students.
Step 3: Review résumés
We will identify appropriate candidates and send you résumés for consideration.
Step 4:Interview candidates
Conduct candidate interviews either at your work site or on Northeastern’s campus.
Step 5: Hire, train, and guide students
Make your final selections and, after the students begin work, provide the necessary orientation and job training.
Step 6: Evaluate your co-op student
Complete an online evaluation form and exit interview at the end of the six-month co-op assignment for each student.

Hire a Student Today!

Become an Undergraduate Co-Op Employer.

Contact Veronica Porter to be connected with a personal co-op advisor.

  • Send an email to [email protected]
  • Call directly at 617.373.3471
  • Or submit the contact form to the right

Become a Graduate Co-Op Employer.

Contact Vanecia Harrison to be connected with a personal co-op advisor.

  • Send an email to [email protected]
  • Call directly at 617.373.3667
  • Or submit the contact form to the right
  • To select multiple interests, hold shift and click on multiple selections.

Co-op Instagram takeovers
Sophia's experience at The Food Project
Sophia Samaha is an undergraduate student at the College of Science, graduating in the spring of 2022. Samaha shared her co-op experience with our community in October 2021. Look back at her experience!
Bryanna's experience at CaNCURE
Bryanna Testino is a third-year cell and molecular biology major on a pre-med track with a minor in business administration. Bryanna shared her co-op experience with our community in December 2021. Look back at her experience!
Anika takes over from Italy!
Anika Padin is a third-year applied physics major with math and electrical engineering minors, studying abroad in Milan, Italy. Anika shared her co-op experience with our community in March 2022. Look back at her experience!
Clara takes over from Germany!
Clara Winguth is a third-year environmental science major, focusing on marine conservation with minors in biology and environmental studies, and currently on co-op as a STEM intern at the International School of Bremen in Germany. Clara shared her co-op experience with our community in March 2022. Look back at her experience!
Fatemah's co-op experience!
Fatemah Mukadum is a College of Science chemistry and chemical biology major with a minor in computer science, graduating spring of 2022. Fatemah shared her co-op experience with our community in April 2022. Look back at her experience!
Co-op student stories
Meet Aliyah

Second-year student Aliyah Jackson did her her co-op at a Boston nonprofit organization called You’re with Us! "I really like how perspective-changing this co-op has been because I think a lot of times people just don’t think about the experience of someone with a disability," says Jackson.

Read more about her co-op experience here

Co-op student stories
Meet Ellen

Ellen Smith plans to graduate in May 2023 with a BS in biochemistry. Her recent experience working for CaNCURE reinforced her interest in pursuing research and provided unique opportunities that were formative to her educational experience.

Read about her experience here!

Co-op student stories
Meet Justyna

Can brain wave simulation slow down Alzheimer’s disease? Justyna Stukin, a fourth-year behavioral neuroscience major, researched this idea during her co-op experience at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Boston.

“I think that, especially in research, nothing is one dimensional," she shares. "Everything has a ton of applications. And it’s really a good idea to go into the process with an open mind and see everything that you can gather and not just, you know, focus on the one thing that was listed on the job posting.”

Learn more about the experience that lead to these thoughts here.

Co-op student stories
Meet Rohit

Rohit Thakur decided to pursue a MS in Operations Research at the College of Science to develop his mathematical thinking. He has completed two co-ops during his time here, at Rue Gilt and Nestle, which have broadened his horizons.

“My classes at Northeastern provided me with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills required to excel in my co-ops. The professors are industry experts who keep an outstanding balance between application and theory when teaching any course.”

Hear more on his experience here.

Co-op student stories
Meet Leilani

Leilani Potgieter reflects on her experience co-opping for Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “I’m thankful that this co-op has helped me figure out what I want to spend my entire career doing. It’s really valuable to have a temporary position where I’m able to figure those things out without fully committing.”

Read more here.

Co-op student stories
Meet Emma

“This co-op experience is the reason I decided I want to pursue a PhD in neuroscience,” declares Emma Robinson.

As a cell and molecular biology major, Emma completed a co-op at Harvard Medical School’s Datta Lab during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the pandemic altered her time there, Robinson took the changes in stride, and the experience ultimately led her to focus on a new career path.

Read more here.

Co-op student stories
Meet Gwendolyn

Marine Biology student Gwendolyn McManus is co-author of a new paper in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology examining behaviors of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish.

She chatted with our team about her work as a co-op at Marine Biological Laboratory that led to the publication, and her current projects. Hear about it here!

Co-op student stories
Meet Clara

Clara Winguth, a third-year environmental science major, focusing on marine conservation with minors in biology and environmental studies, is currently on co-op as a STEM intern at the International School of Bremen in Germany. This experience combines aspects of her multifaceted identity, connecting her love of science with tutoring skills in her ancestral homeland.  Hear about it here!