Cooperative Education

The cornerstone of Northeastern University’s educational model

For over 100 years cooperative education (co-op) has been the cornerstone of Northeastern University’s educational model.

What started in 1909 with eight engineering students and four Boston employers as an earn-to-learn program has evolved into a research-based, integrated learning experience.

Cooperative education has been a historic strength of Northeastern University’s experiential learning brand.  Each year students at every level and at every campus location participate in this signature model of experiential learning.

Our global presence spans all seven continents allowing our co-op employer partners and students alike to gain early access in tapping the increasingly competitive job market on a global stage.  Northeastern’s vast network yields a multitude of global cooperative education opportunities across all industries and sectors.


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