Cooperative Education

The cornerstone of Northeastern University’s educational model

For over 115 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. This integrated experience develops learners who are highly competitive upon graduation – 93% of NU graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school nine months after graduation (multi-year average).

Cooperative education has been a historical strength of Northeastern University’s experiential learning brand.  Each year students at every level and on 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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