XN Frequently Asked Questions

Experiential Network (XN) Project Frequently Asked Questions: 

What kinds of projects are available?

Projects are typically research-based and conclude with an actionable deliverable that provides the sponsoring company with necessary information to make a critical business decision. Examples of project work include:

  • Development of a stakeholder engagement plan
  • Creation of a marketing communication plan for a new product or service
  • Evaluation of team efficiency and success
  • Development of a strategy for identifying and pursuing grants
What kind of company could I work with?

XN students have worked with a variety of organizations, including startups, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), public institutions, state and local organizations and institutions, and many nonprofits including leading hospitals, charitable organizations, and educational institutions. Some sponsoring organizations XN has partnered with:

  • Santander
  • Tesla
  • Alliance of YMCAs Massachusetts
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • MGM Resorts
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • City Year
Will I be paid for my project work?

No. XN projects are considered academic work so students do not receive compensation.

Will I receive credit for my project work?

Maybe. Some academic programs allow XN projects to be completed for credit. Check with the XN staff to see if you’re eligible.

I'm not enrolled in one of the participating degree programs. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! While we cannot guarantee that we’ll have an applicable project for all students, we encourage anyone who is interested and meets the application criteria to apply.

I am not located in the Boston area. Can I participate?

Yes! XN projects are completed remotely, typically by way of Skype, email, or phone. You are not expected to meet with your project sponsor in person or carry out project work on site.

I am already taking a full course load. Will I be able to handle an XN project?

You tell us. We encourage all students to carefully evaluate what a realistic schedule looks like for them prior to committing to an XN project. Students working on XN projects must be able to devote approximately five hours per week over a six-week period to project execution. Students are also expected to attend a weekly webinar and submit a few course deliverables (i.e. project plan).

Is this a group project?

Maybe. Some projects are carried out independently, while some are carried out in a team-setting. You will know this information when you are matched with a project.

I'm interested, but now is not a good time. When is the next XN program cycle?

As the XN program cycles align with Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies academic calendar, we offer four program cycles (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) per year. Students should apply two to three months ahead of their anticipated term start. Additionally, we occasionally offer half-term start dates.

More Questions?

Learn more about student eligibility requirements or contact Experiential Learning Advisor Morgan Hughes via email mo.hughes@northeastern.edu.


Experiential Network (XN) gives Northeastern graduate students opportunities to collaborate with sponsoring organizations on short-term projects that impact critical business decisions.

The work is done virtually over a flexible six-week period and our sponsor relationship team will work with you to develop a project valuable to both you and our students. We partner with sponsors and accept projects throughout the year with kick-offs in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. Sponsoring organizations are welcome to pitch as many projects as they want in any given term, but we encourage no more than two or three projects per supervisor, with supervisors expected to work remotely with students for about an hour each week over the course of a project.

Join Now or contact a Sponsor Relations Manager at projects@northeastern.edu for more information.

Additional Resources:

Student Co-op Handbook

Co-op Overview Sheet 

Student Action Steps for Co-op or Internships