Co-ops

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.


Application Timeline

Experiential Learning Timeline
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 

 

 

 


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.

Graduate Co-op Deadlines
Term  Co-op/ Internship Start Dates 

Application Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*

Summer 2019 July 1 - July 21

June 27, 2019

Fall 2019  September 2 - September 29

September 5, 2019

Winter 2020 December 16 - January 19

December 16, 2019

Spring 2020  March 30 - April 19

March 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 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:

Undergraduate students: Morgan Hughes, mo.hughes@northeastern.edu

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

 

Undergraduate Co-op Deadlines
Term Co-op/ Internship Start Dates

Application Deadline: Offer Letter, Placement Document, CPT E-form*

Summer 2019  April 29 - May 19 May 3, 2019
Fall 2019  August 19 - September 16 August 29, 2019
Spring 2020  December 16 - January 19 January 3, 2020
Summer 2020 April 30 - May 17 April 30, 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 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:

Undergraduate students: Morgan Hughes, mo.hughes@northeastern.edu

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