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Experiential Learning

Cooperative education (Co-op) gives students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with real-world experience. For each co-op, students work full-time in a professional position for six months, either domestically or internationally. By participating in varied co-op positions, students gain practical knowledge about their possible career choices, and build skills that they can apply to their future careers.

Before participating, students take a one-credit course in which they are walked through the entire process, from developing a professional resume and interviewing skills, to knowing what to expect once they have landed a job. Co-op advisors help students navigate the application process, while co-op and faculty advisors help students as they consider different professional opportunities.

Hannah Powers

Co-op student Hannah Powers posing in front of the Louvre in Paris. (courtesy photo)

Students in the Linguistics program have completed co-ops in a variety of careers including research, education, journalism, marketing, and more. Other students have also worked to develop their own co-op positions, like working as a speech therapist assistant in Uganda.

Some recent co-op positions in Linguistics are listed below:

Research Assistant for The Learning Center for the Deaf
Junior Technical Writing & Product Management Associate for Smartleaf, Inc.
Boston Intern Volunteer Assistant for The Corrymeela Community
Marketing Communication Assistant for the Northeastern University Admissions Department
BDN Maine Reporter for the Bangor Daily News
Elementary Curriculum Writing Fellowship for Bridge International Academies
Editorial Intern for Cengage Learning Inc., National Geographic Learning
Behavior Technician for the Integrated Learning Academy (ILAN)
Teacher Assistant for the Newton Public School District