CPS Co-op

Real-World Learning 

If landing a job or changing careers are your reasons for getting a degree, you need an education that makes you employable. One way to boost your employability—while still studying—is to do a co-op or internship. Employers want to know that you can handle yourself professionally, that you can take on what’s asked of you, and most of all—that you can hit the ground running.

Maybe you have some experience in a field, but you’re looking to re-enter the workforce in a better-paying position at a bigger company. Co-ops can help you connect with a target organization and earn while you learn, allowing you to put your name and face in front of the right people and prove you have what it takes to work there. Perhaps you’d like a preview of what it’s like to work in a particular field, before you commit to it or just want to start applying the theories you’re learning in class to your real-world job. 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 experiential learning options can give you the edge. Start by reading our general information sheet and then our Student Action Steps for UndergraduatesGraduate Students and International students.

You are eligible for the co-op program whether you take courses on campus or online. We work with students who are unable to travel to the Boston, Seattle, Charlotte or Toronto campuses.

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

INTEREST IN INTERNSHIP OR COOP
  • Meet with your Career and Academic Coach to:
    • Develop a career plan and learn about how to fit in experiential opportunities that are relevant to your degree program into your academic and career plan
    • Determine what you are eligible for and when to make a plan
  • Enroll in the FREE Experiential Prep Course INT 2000 (Undergrad) / INT 5900 (Grad)
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
  • Meet with your Experiential Learning 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 Experiential Learning 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

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.

Graduate Co-op Deadlines

TERMCO-OP/ INTERNSHIP START DATESAPPLICATION DEADLINE: OFFER LETTER, PLACEMENT DOCUMENT, CPT E-FORM*
Summer 2019July 1 – July 21June 27, 2019
Fall 2019September 2 – September 29September 5, 2019
Winter 2020December 16 – January 19December 16, 2019
Spring 2020March 30 – April 19March 26, 2020

 * Please request CPT authorization through the online form on the website of the Office of Global Services (OGS).

Deadlines are reflective of the last possible start date. Students must submit all documents correctly at least 3 weeks before the desired start date. 

Visit www.northeastern.edu/ogs/home/forms/ and fill out the “CPT Authorization Request Form,” which can be found under “Employment Forms.”

All documents must be completed in their entirety and correctly before the deadline in order to be considered.

Please provide your required documents to your co-op advisor:

Graduate students: Lucy Fitzpatrick l.fitzpatrick@northeastern.edu

Undergraduate Co-op Deadlines

TERMCO-OP/ INTERNSHIP START DATESEnd DatesAPPLICATION DEADLINE: OFFER LETTER, PLACEMENT DOCUMENT, CPT E-FORM*
Winter 2020December 16 – January 19April 5, 2020December 16, 2019
Spring 2020March 30 – April 19July 5, 3030March 26, 2020

* Please request CPT authorization through the online form on the website of the Office of Global Services (OGS).

Deadlines are reflective of the last possible start date. Students must submit all documents correctly at least 3 weeks before the desired start date. 

Visit www.northeastern.edu/ogs/home/forms/ and fill out the “CPT Authorization Request Form,” which can be found under “Employment Forms.”

All documents must be completed in their entirety and correctly before the deadline in order to be considered.

Please provide your required documents to your co-op advisor:

Graduate students: Lucy Fitzpatrick l.fitzpatrick@northeastern.edu 

 

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)
  • Please note: CPT is NOT required for XN Projects, but you must apply for an XN Project and meet eligibility requirements in order to be matched with an employer sponsor

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.

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:

  • Start dates occur at the beginning of each of the four graduate terms (January, April, July, and September) or undergraduate semesters (September and January)
  • All students are required to participate in a 3- or 4-credit course, COP 6940 (G) or COP 3940 (UG) / Personal and Career Development for the first 12 weeks of a co-op or internship
  • The co-op department must be notified 3-4 weeks before the intended start, to allow time for processing and authorization
  • Students who plan to extend their internship or co-op past 3 months must notify the office 2-3 weeks before the end of their CPT authorization so that a renewal can be processed
  • Co-ops and internships must run for a minimum of 12 weeks to earn credit
  • XN Projects are around 6 weeks in length; students will be enrolled in the 0 credit INT 5964 reflection course along with their project. A 3- or 4-q.h. credit-bearing course is offered for certain majors, and satisfies an elective in those degree programs; ask your ELA for more information
  • All deadlines are FINAL and we will not be accepting late requests or submissions.

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.

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