Cooperative Education

As the cornerstone of Northeastern University’s educational model, CPS Co-op offers learners the opportunity to apply classroom skills within professional settings to solve real-world business problems.

REAL-WORLD LEARNING

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.

Co-Op

32-40 hours/week, paid positions, 3-6 months in length

Internship

AKA part-time (10-20 hour/week) co-op, paid or unpaid, 3-6 months in length

@Work

Project-based work done at company outside of job scope

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.

“It was a great chance for me to demonstrate what I learned at Northeastern in project management, and how I connected schoolwork and class curriculum to real life project management at Asian Women for Health.”

Chen Fang (Anna) Hung, ‘20
MS Project Management with concentration in Corporate and Organizational Communication
2020 Experiential Learning Humanics Award recipient for her work at Asian Women for Health on an online support group for Chinese women living with breast cancer.

XN Project Winners

Meet the 2020 winners of the Experiential Learning awards who were nominated by their employers for excellence in applying their knowledge to their work in business and non-profits. Undergraduate and graduate students participated in co-ops and Experiential Network (XN) projects.

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Co-Op Details

Co-Op Timeline

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?Meet with your Co-op Advisor to:
– Go over the process of engaging in an Internship/Co-Op and learn important 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 Co-Op 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 Co-Op 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

Co-Op Application Process

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.

Internships (Graduate)Co-Ops (Graduate)
-Complete 12 credits in your current program of study at CPS
-Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Complete 20 credits in your current program of study at CPS
-Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Internships (Undergraduate)Co-Ops (Undergraduate)
-Complete 15 semester hours in your current program of study at CPS
-Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Complete 30 semester hours in your current program of study at CPS
-Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

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

Application Steps:

  • Secure an offer letter from the employer
  • Offer letter 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 [email protected] 
  • 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 NUworks:

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

FOR POSITIONS FOUND OUTSIDE OF NUworks:

First, use the employer lookup to search for a company in NUworks.  If you do not find a result, you will be able to add a new company name in another field.

Select ‘Yes’ for the option to create a new job.  Provide a job name, contact name, and email for your new employer.

Complete the rest of the form with your placement details.

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

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.

Experiential Learning for International Students

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 and How to Apply

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 [email protected].

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

Please use the [email protected] email as the Secondary Approver when submitting the below form.

  1. CPT Request
  2. Send either NUworks Job ID or submit the self-developed form to NUworks.

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

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 for CPS Co-Op

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

Graduate Dates and Deadlines

TermCo-op /Internship Start DatesCo-op /Internship End DateApplication Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*
Winter 2021December 14th – February 2ndApril 11thDecember 14th
Spring 2021April 5th – April 26thJuly 11thMarch 31st
Summer 2021July 4th – July 25thSept 19thJuly 4th

Undergraduate Dates and Deadlines

TermCo-op /Internship Start DatesCo-op /Internship End DateApplication Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*
Spring 2021December 21st – January 25thMay 9thJanuary 4th
Summer 2021April 28th-May 23rdSept 8thMay 2nd

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

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