Co-op & Experiential Learning
Students will complete a minimum of three academic semesters before becoming eligible for Co-op. Within this time, students will complete several general engineering courses including Engineering Design, Engineering Problem Solving and Computation, Organic Chemistry, and Conservation Principles. Through these courses, students will develop basic problem-solving skills and will gain exposure to CAD software, programming, and basic laboratory techniques. In addition, students will complete the Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education course prior to starting Co-op. This course is taught by a Faculty Cooperative Education Coordinator and educates students on all matters related to the job search including resume writing, interviewing skills, and professional behaviors. Our goal is for all students to behave as professionals on their first day of work.
Students will complete three Co-op work experiences throughout their Northeastern career. As a result, students will develop an increasingly strong range of skill levels and aptitudes as they gain more knowledge and work experience. Our Co-op Coordinators will help ensure a good match of skills vs. job requirements. If you have a need that requires a specialized skill set, consider posting a position with our graduate program. Graduate students are also eligible to participate in a Co-op work experience after completing two academic semesters.
READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP? Create a login for our new online job database, NUcareers, and post your job description. Please select Cooperative Education for the posting location. The Career Services selection is for full-time and short-term internships only.
Top Co-op Employers
- A123 Systems
- Acorda Therapeutics
- Biogen Idec
- Henkel Loctite
- Sanofi Genzyme
- Selecta Biosciences
Benefits of Hiring a Co-op
- A simple, cost-effective way to meet hiring needs: no fringe benefits, no recruitment costs. Co-op students are paid as temporary hourly employees.
- Six-month Co-op periods allow students to work on long-term projects and make significant contributions to the workplace.
- The ability to schedule two 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.
- International students do not require an H1B Visa and there are no affiliated sponsorship fees.
“As a small chemical technology and design engineering firm, our staff must be ready and able to execute a wide variety of engineering and design activities both within and outside their own disciplines. The chemical engineering Co-op students we employ from Northeastern University fit perfectly with our dynamic operational model. They are integral to our project teams and make valuable contributions to our daily engineering, design and project management objectives.”
— John Doring, Engineering Manager
“Over the past few years, I have found the Chemical Engineering Co-op program to be an excellent resource. The coordination staff makes establishing a new program within an organization a breeze and ensures that a steady stream of interested students are lined up ready to help. The effect that a co-op student can have within a department can be significant - their energy and enthusiasm have helped move many programs/projects forward.”
— Kyle B. Haraldsen, Executive Director, Technical Operations