Students apply their knowledge to challenges in the office or laboratory and then bring that dynamic experience back to the classroom. A lot of exciting things happen—all of them transformative.

Students who spend just spent six months deploying their theoretical knowledge to solve real-world problems acquire a deeper, more sophisticated understanding of their field and the world. And because they've had to navigate the unfamiliar landscape of the professional workplace, they develop new skills and the ability to adapt to unexpected situations.

Back in the classroom they ask different questions, challenge their professors and classmates, and elevate the intellectual pitch of an entire course.

of Northeastern students agree:

work outside the classroom increases retention of important course concepts


Co-op makes the classroom better.

"Someone always has something to say after they've been on a co-op experience and it brings the materials that I teach to life."

Jamie Ladge, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development