Co-op & Experiential Learning

Your co-op experience begins in the classroom. Co-op is intertwined with your studies, starting with your sophomore Introduction to Co-op course. Then in your sophomore year, you'll alternate semesters of classroom study with periods of experiential learning or professional experience outside the classroom. You'll build an impressive resume, sample careers that match your interests and abilities, meet potential employers, develop valuable job-search and interviewing skills, and gain self-confidence through professional achievement.

Co-op is central to the College of Engineering undergraduate program and the Northeastern experience!

The cooperative education program for engineering students has been designed to assist students to:

  • Clarify short and long range personal, educational, and career goals
  • Explore jobs in engineering or in other fields to confirm engineering as a career choice
  • Connect what you are studying in school to your work by applying what you learn in school to what you do at work
  • Test your values, interests, abilities and lifestyles against the realities of an engineering career
  • Develop job-finding, job-survival, and career advancement skills
  • Develop skills, abilities, and experience at both the technical and professional level in engineering
  • Enhance the relevance of academic study and increase educational motivation by applying theory to practice in the world of work
  • Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the world of work
  • Strengthen a developing professional engineering identity by working with engineers as role models
  • Avoid reality shock through gradual preparation for the transition from the student role to the graduate engineer role
  • Develop job opportunities for after graduation by providing useful employer contacts, by testing employment choices as an undergraduate, and by gaining marketable experience
  • Meet financial responsibilities

The cooperative education program has been designed also to:

  • Promote collegiality between engineering education and the professional engineering community by actively involving engineering professionals in the educational experience of engineering students while on co-op
  • Help employers to meet routine or special employment needs with high quality employees
  • Assist employers to recruit graduates
  • Enhance the relationship between Northeastern University and the community.