CPS Co-op Students

Real-World Learning 

 

We have more than one way to do this:

  • A 3-6 month co-op
  • Part-time or Full-time
  • Co-op at your own workplace with Experiential@Work

Whatever your reasons, our co-op and internship options can give you the edge on preparing for your career. Start by determining your eligibility and reading our checklists for participation. For domestic undergraduate students, domestic graduate students, International undergraduate students, and international graduate students.

You are eligible for the co-op program whether you take courses on campus or online. We work with CPS students across all Northeastern campuses including Boston, Seattle, Charlotte, the Bay Area, Toronto, and Vancouver campuses.

You can book appointments with CPS Co-op online, click here to find your co-op advisor and get started.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
  • Meet with your Co-op Advisor to:
    • Go over the process of engaging in an Internship/Coop, the deadlines and dates
    • Learn about the required courses and get credit and registrations to maintain status
    • Learn about the database of positions currently available to CPS students
    • Students are welcome to develop their own opportunities with employers not affiliated with our database, as long as the position meets the criteria for an internship or coop and falls within the appropriate academic term timeframe

 

I GOT AN OFFER LETTER!
  • Submit your offer letter and any international CPT documents at least 3 weeks before your desired start date. Please refer to the specific coop deadlines for more information.
  • Send your offer letter to your Co-op Advisor who will:
    • Confirm the details meet the criteria requirements for internship or coop
    • Confirm these details with the employer
    • Connect with you about completing the CPT request form (if F1/J1 student)
    • Enroll you in the appropriate required COP registrations for credit and/or status

 

Enroll in COP6940/

COP3940

(mandatory)

  • All students are required to participate in a 3- or 4-credit course, COP 6940(or COP 3940 (UG) / Personal and Career Development for the first 12 weeks a Co-op or internship
  • The course takes the place of a required elective
  • Your Co-op advisor will enroll you in this course when your Co-op application is approved.

If you are interested in engaging in a co-op or internship, be sure, you meet all the eligibility requirements. You can self enroll in the INT 5900 Preparing for Experiential Learning course if you are a graduate student or INT 2000 Preparation for Experiential Learning if you are an undergrad student; contact your Career & Academic Coach.

International students must meet additional eligibility requirements. Please see the international student drop-down section.

Application Steps:

  • Secure an offer letter from employer (link to the offer letter template)
    • Must include start and end dates (3 months; must coincide with academic quarter term dates)
    • Company name with the supervisor’s name and contact information
    • Hours per week
    • Salary
    • Office location
    • List of responsibilities
  • Submit offer letter to cpscoop@northeastern.edu and cc your co-op advisor
  • If approved, you will be enrolled in COP6940/COP3940, which is the required course you take alongside your co-op (12 weeks; takes the place of a required elective).

International students must also apply for CPT. 

Please note, the review process can take about 3 weeks. Please submit the application 3 weeks before your desired start date.

FOR POSITIONS FOUND IN NUCAREERS:

If you secure your co-op using the NuCareers portal, please send the JOB ID.

FOR POSITIONS FOUND OUTSIDE OF NUCAREERS: 

Use this CHEATSHEET to see how to enter your student developed job information into NUcareers. Without it, your job is not approved and does not exist. Please login to NUcareers and follow the steps in the document.

Please click on the following LINK to complete the STEP and enter this job into NUcareers.

Experiential Learning for CPS International Students

  • Students who receive a paid position and do not have a social security number (SSN) must apply for a SSN once they have received CPT authorization.

As an international student, you have the option to incorporate a co-op, internship, or XN Project into your program. We recommend you begin at the start of your degree to ensure it is integrated into your course of study—helping you take advantage of as many opportunities as possible while you are at Northeastern.

Before you can participate in a co-op, internship, or XN project you must:

  • Download the International Student Co-op/Internship Checklist
  • Enroll in INT 5900 (Graduate)/INT 2000 (Undergrad) Preparing for Experiential Learning
  • Obtain approval from your Experiential Learning Advisor (ELA) once you have a job offer letter in hand
  • Apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization with your ELA; which requires you to complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Authorization Request Form (along with the accompanying documents listed on the form) from the Office of Global Services (OGS)

The OGS website will provide you with additional important information on procedures and forms to ensure legal authorization.

Office of Global Services

405 Ell Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-373-2310 (office)
http://www.northeastern.edu/ogs

 

What is CPT?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined as alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.

Once you are granted CPT authorization, you receive:

  • Location and date-specific CPT authorization
  • The opportunity to participate in a co-op or internship

Please note that you need CPT authorization for all unpaid and paid positions. If you have already completed your degree requirements, you cannot receive CPT authorization.

How to Apply for CPT:

Submit your documents at least 3 weeks before your desired start date. Please refer to the important dates and deadlines information section.

Please submit the following documents to cpscoop@northeastern.edu and cc your co-op advisor.

  1. Offer letter with start and end dates that match the CPT Placement Document.
  2. CPT placement document

Please use your co-op advisor’s email as the Secondary Approver when submitting the below form.

  1. CPT Request https://www.northeastern.edu/ogs/home/work/off- campus/cpt/#1489080592274-9330d90f-a298
  2. Send either NUcareers Job ID or submit the self-developed form to NUcareers.

If you wish to extend your CPT another quarter, please follow steps 1 -3 for that term.

CPT Application Guide

CPT Placement 

The OGS website will provide you with additional important information on procedures and forms to ensure legal authorization.

Office of Global Services

405 Ell Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-373-2310 (office)
http://www.northeastern.edu/ogs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

CPS Co-op Dates and Deadlines, Academic Year: 2020-2021

Graduate Dates & Deadlines

 

Term

 

Co-op /Internship Start Dates

 

Co-op /Internship End Date

Application Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*
Summer 2020June 29th – July 19thSeptember 13thJune 25th
Fall 2020August 30th – September 27thJanuary 10thSeptember 4th
                   Winter 2021December 14th – January 24thApril 11thDecember 7th
                   Spring 2021April 5th – April 26thJuly 11thMarch 31st

 

Undergraduate Dates & Deadlines

 

Term

 

Co-op /Internship Start Dates

 

Co-op /Internship End Date

Application Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*
Summer 2020April 30th – May 17th

 

September 7thApril 30th, 2020

 

Fall 2020August 20th – September 21stJanuary 10thAugust 31st, 2020
                   Spring 2021December 21st – January 25thMay 9thJanuary 4th, 2021

 

All deadlines are FINAL and we will not be accepting late requests or submissions.

For further information, contact Lucy Fitzpatrick, Associate Director, College of Professional Studies Co-op.