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 or Morgan Hughes.


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 COP 4500 (Undergrad) / 5001 (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 

Asking for Referrals

  • Review your resumé and cover letter documents regularly with Career and Academic Coaches, this ensures you will have suitable documents for a prospective employer
  • For referrals, email CPScoop@northeastern.edu at least one month prior to the start date and include a targeted cover letter and resumé in one PDF document 
    • Be sure to follow any other job-specific instructions in the posting 
  • Once referred, the employer will reach out directly within a few weeks if they are interested in moving forward with you 
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 COP 5001 Preparing for Experiential Learning course if you are a graduate student or COP 4500 Preparation for Experiential Learning if you are an undergrad student; contact your Career & Academic Coach.

Graduate Co-op Deadlines
Term  Possible Co-op/ Internship Start Dates  Application Deadline: Offer Letter & Placement Document Deadline & CPT E-form Deadline *
Winter 2018  December 17 - January 22

January 3, 2018

Spring 2018  April 1 - April 23

March 30, 2018

Summer 2018  July 1 - July 23

June 29, 2018

 

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

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

Please send your offer letter and placement document to your coop advisor. Undergraduate students: Morgan Hughes, mo.hughes@northeastern.edu Graduate students: Lucy Fitzpatrick l.fitzpatrick@northeastern.edu 

 

Undergraduate Co-op Deadlines
Term Possible Co-op/ Internship Start Dates Application Deadline: Offer Letter & Placement Document Deadline & CPT E-form Deadline* 
Spring 2018  December 17 - January 22 January 3, 2018
Summer 2018  April 29 - May 20 May 4, 2018
Fall 2018  TBD TBD

 

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

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

Please send your offer letter and placement document to your coop advisor. Undergraduate students: Morgan Hughes, mo.hughes@northeastern.edu Graduate students: Lucy Fitzpatrick l.fitzpatrick@northeastern.edu 

Graduate XN Deadlines
Term Possible XN Project Start Dates

Application Deadline

(experientialnetwork.org)

Winter 2018 January 29 - February 19

December 8, 2017

Spring 2018 April 30 - May 21 March 9, 2018
Summer 2018 July 30 - August 20 June 8, 2018

 

Undergraduate XN Deadlines
Term Possible XN Project Start Dates 

Application Deadline

(experientialnetwork.org)

Spring 2018 January 29 - February 19

December 8, 2017

Summer 2018 May 28 - June 18 April 6, 2018