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What is the Co-op Program?

The Co-op program is Northeastern's flagship student program in which students take usually 6 months off of classes to work at a full-time job.

How does it work?

When you take your co-ops is dependent on which cycle you are on. "Spring cycle" students co-op typically from January - June, and "Fall cycle" students co-op from July - December. You will search for a co-op in the semester before you actually embark on the co-op. While searching for your first co-op, you're required to take a 1-credit Intro to Co-op class that is major-specific, and teaches skills related to searching for and succeeding in your co-op.

Which Cycle is Better?

It depends, there are pros and cons to both.

Spring Cycle Pros

  • Easy to extend co-op into Summer II

Fall Cycle Pros

  • Being in classes in the Spring means you get a Spring break, whereas both employers and university offer a Thanksgiving break.


  • Check out our article on How to Find a Co-op
  • It's completely normal to not be thrilled about, or even like your co-op. Especially your first one. Nevertheless, it's valuable to learn what you don't enjoy, and you can still gain valuable experience and networking connections from an unpleasant co-op
  • If you ever feel like you aren't getting much out of your co-op, or have a specific problem, reach out to your co-op advisor sooner rather than later.

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