The College of Engineering Graduate Cooperative Education Program (co-op) is one option for experiential learning and is available on a competitive basis to selected students. Cooperative Education at the graduate level is not just a way for students to gain real world experience, but is a way to challenge, network, expand and fine-tune their knowledge within their respective industry.  The goals of cooperative education are to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in new, authentic contexts.
  • Develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Integrate and use the deepened knowledge and skills in your academic programs.
  • Reflect on and articulate how you used your knowledge and skills, how you gained new knowledge and skills, and how “theory and practice” work together.

The Graduate School of Engineering placed over 800 students with some of the most sought after technical skills in positions globally during the 2018 academic year. We have a team that prepares students for cooperative education experience through resume building, developing interview skills and guiding professional development.

How Co-op Works

Students start with a required co-op course that prepares them to succeed in their co-op experiences. Graduate masters and PhD students may complete one co-op in the course of their degree program.  

Northeastern provides a broad-based network of support that helps students prepare for and get the most from co-op, including an academic advisor, a co-op coordinator and if applicable, a global co-op coordinator.  Your co-op coordinator will guide you through the co-op process and help to identify various positions that best match your skills and career interests.  After you’ve completed your co-op assignment, you will be asked to reflect upon your experience and explain how it integrates with your classroom studies. The reflection process may include a variety of options such as one-on-one meetings with your co-op coordinator, writing assignments/or presentations, and online reflections throughout your co-op.

Eligibility and Requirements

Please review the eligibility and requirements to participate in the cooperative education program.

Multidisciplinary Master’s Co-op Students

Graduate students in the Information Systems, Computer Systems Engineering, and Telecommunication Networks masters programs have opportunity to participate in the Multidisciplinary Master's Co-op program.

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Prepare for Co-op
  • Our co-op faculty have developed a curriculum to prepare our students for success in industry as part of our co-op program. Learn more about our co-op program and experience a sampling of the course for multidisciplinary master's students.
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Student Spotlight

Departmental Graduate Co-op Students

Departmental graduate co-op students are those within the following programs: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Energy Systems, Engineering Management, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Robotics, or Sustainable Building Systems

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Student Success Stories

  • Parth Gargava

    Invested in Success

    Parth Gargava
    MS, Information Systems 2018

    In early 2016, Parth Gargava (MS Information Systems ’18) was working as a software engineer at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing in his native India.

Quick Facts
  • 4-6-8 month co-op placements aligning with academic semesters (graduate students complete two-year academic programs)
  • $26: Average hourly wage
  • Nearly 800 graduate students placed on co-op during the 2018 academic year
Sample Co-op Partners
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Alacatel-Lucent
  •, Inc.
  • Apple
  • Bose Corporation
  • Brightcove
  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell EMC
  • eClinicalWorks
  • EMC Corporation
  • Ericsson Inc
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Intuit
  • Mathworks
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Paydiant
  • PayPal
  • Raytheon
  • State Street Corporation
  • Tesla
  • Verizon Communications
  • Virgin Pulse
  • Wayfair

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