After completing the freshman year, students alternate periods of classroom study with relevant, paid employment. Students graduate with 18 months of work experience and a strong set of technical and professional skills, as well as a clear understanding of their chosen careers.

Quick Facts:

  • Put classroom theories into practice. Return to school more mature, excited and confident and with real world examples for classroom discussion. Bridge the gap between studying engineering and being an engineer.
  • During work periods, students are employees of a co-op companies and have real world responsibilities related to their majors.
  • Work in Boston (and live on campus), set up a co-op in your hometown, work elsewhere in the US or around the world.
  • Hourly wages average "$17 to over $30/hour depending on the student's year, the employer, and the location.
  • Use your periods of co-op to find out what you like and what you don't like: Large corporate office or small entrepreneurial firm? In a city or in a rural area? In the field or at the office?
  • Students take an "Introduction to Co-op" course taught by co-op faculty. Here students learn how to write a resume and how to interview. More importantly, discuss workplace expectations, career paths, and how to get the best education from co-op opportunities.
  • Students work with their co-op faculty members throughout their NU careers. Students meet after each co-op to reflect on their work experiences and set goals for future co-ops. Students then compete against their peers for the most desirable positions.
  • Nearly half of the students get a full-time offer from one of their former co-op employers.
  • The result: a first-class engineering degree and 18 months of work experience -- more than 40,000 College of Engineering graduates know the value of cooperative education.