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The Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University, also known as “co-op” is an educational model that provides a stronger and more successful way for employers to identify and engage with skilled talent. Hire an ECE co-op student and get an enthusiastic, highly skilled full-time employee for six months. Post A Job

Our department spans all subdisciplines of electrical & computer engineering. We encompass robotics (from control systems to embedded systems), the IoT (from networking and communications to computer systems and architectures to security) and big data (from machine learning to signal processing to enabling technologies for data centers). We have strength in devices and microelectronics, RF/microwave materials, and power electronics and systems.

The benefits of joining ECE’s expanding employer network:
•    A simple, cost-effective way to meet hiring needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs. Co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees.
•    Support your engineering team with capable engineering students.
•    Six-month co-op periods allow students to work on long term projects and make significant contributions to the workplace.
•    The ability to schedule back-to-back co-op periods for full-time coverage or select six-month periods for busy times.
•    Potential pipeline for future full-time hires and industry leaders.
•    Students offer an enthusiastic, fresh perspective and up-to-date technical knowledge and skills.


Employer Feedback

“The student is a very intelligent and highly driven individual who took full advantage of the learning opportunities during his time with us. We were very impressed with the results he produced.”

—EMC Corporation

“My co-op student is a very bright young engineer with a great attitude. She was a great asset to my team here at Raytheon in the MET department. She is very mature, can work independently, and is a great team player. I look forward having her work here again as a co-op or possible new hire.”

—Raytheon Integrated Defense System

“Student demonstrated exceptional curiosity and passion for robotics. He resurrected some robots that were just gathering dust and was able to get them fully functional and performed some experiments with them. He was outstanding! He worked on many projects and his contributions will benefit the department after he's gone.”


“Co-op student is a very fast learner who efficiently carries out her job functions. She had the desire to learn the other aspects to the Safety Groups functions and was able to assist the engineers and technicians with general safety testing.”

—Bose Corporation


Creating and Posting a Job

ECE co-op is a well-established program. As a result, co-op is competitive and our students are in high demand with many job options. To attract students who are the best fit for your job/organization, we developed several tips for you to consider before submitting a job posting to NUcareers.

Complete required criteria:
• Wage (average wage calculations are available)
• Targeted majors/disciplines
• Transportation/MBTA accessibility

 Develop key responsibilities by:
• Identifying your business needs and how a student can contribute to those goals
• Review the timeline for business projects and identify which activities will coincide with the co-op cycle

Identify skills and qualifications:
• Consider separating into two categories: required skills and preferred skills 
     • Required skills: knowledge, skills, certifications, and etc. that are required before the start of co-op
     • Preferred skills: knowledge and skills that would beneficial at the start of co-op but can be developed on the job

Compose a descriptive job title:
• Add more detail regarding the industry or role, students will be more compelled to click on your position rather than a generic title, for example “Robotics Quality Test Engineer” v. “Electrical Engineer”
Include a company overview:
• Include description of the company culture such as: additional training certifications/opportunities, lunch and learn events, mentoring practices, perks (complimentary snacks, etc.), employee outings/events

When posting a co-op job, remember to select “Co-op Postings.”

If you have any questions about posting your position, please contact an ECE co-op coordinator.

Co-op Student Hourly Salary Data:

 Lower 25%AverageUpper 25%
Undergraduate First Co-op$18.50$20.00$22.50
Undergraduate Second Co-op$20.00$23.00$25.80
Undergraduate Third Co-op$22.00$25.00$28.00
Graduate Co-op$22.00$25.00$27.00

Employer Expectations:

Please review the Cooperative Education and Career Development Employer Handbook, which describes the role employers play in the co-op process.
• Per federal law, hire student as an employee, not a contractor.
• Throughout the co-op, ensure ample work related to the job accepted.
• Help student develop learning outcomes at the beginning of the co-op.
• Provide mentorship and training to student throughout the co-op.
• Notify your co-op coordinator of any concerns as they arise.
• Complete a student evaluation at the end of the co-op.