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At the College of Professional Studies, co-ops and internships are optional components of select bachelor and master degree programs.

Steps to Get Involved:

1) Plan Ahead

Speak with your academic advisor to plan for a co-op or internship during your degree program. As a student, you will need to enroll in the 3 credit course COP 3940 or COP 6940 Personal and Career Development during the first 12 weeks of any internship or co-op. Make sure to save 3 elective credits in your degree for this course. Contact your co-op advisor to indicate your interest in doing a co-op or internship, check your eligibility and start your search.

2) Apply

If you have completed one term at the College and are interested in a co-op or internship, activate and complete your profile in our NEXUS Student Database. To learn how to navigate the database, please refer to the Navigating NEXUS - Student Guide.

3) Prepare

Once your profile is activated, you may request to be enrolled in the optional preparation course entitled COP 5001 Preparation for Experiential Learning. To enroll in this course, please email cpscoop@neu.edu.

4) Search

You can find a co-op or internship by searching positions listed on the NEXUS database or through your own search. If you find a co-op or internship on your own, you will need to petition to have the placement approved by completing the placement description form and submitting the form to cpscoop@neu.edu

5) Engage!

Upon acceptance to a position, you will be enrolled in the required course COP 6940 or COP 3940 Personal and Career Development, and additional registrations as needed. If you are an international student, learn more about the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization.

For more detailed information, please review the Student Information Sheet.

What's the difference between a co-op and an internship?

Co-ops are:

  • Related to your degree field
  • 12-24 weeks in length (maximum 2 quarters)
  • Paid, negotiable salaries
  • 35-40 hours a week
  • Accompanied by the 3 q.h. course: COP 3940/6940 Personal and Career Development

Eligibility requirements for a co-op:

  • Enrollment in a BS or MS degree program
  • Cumulative GPA 3.000 or above
  • Undergraduate students must complete 42 q.h. in core courses
  • Graduate students must complete 21 q.h. in core courses
  • Regulatory Affairs students must complete 20 q.h. from the core curriculum. Effective spring 2012, all Regulatory Affiars students must complete RGA 6100 and BTC 6210 before enrolling in a co-op or internship.
  • It is recommended that all Project Management students complete:
    • Project Management Preparation (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management. (Only required for students with less than two years of experience working on project teams) 
    • Project Management Basics (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 6000 Project Management Practices
    • Project Management Cost and Schedule Management (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 6025 Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
    • Project Management Risk & Quality (3 q.h.)
  • Students may not be on academic probation or have an “incomplete” grade for any of their required prerequisites
  • Undergraduate students holding an F-1 visa must be enrolled full-time for one academic year (three consecutive quarters) before engaging in co-op

Internships are:

  • Related to your degree field
  • 12-24 weeks in length (Maximum 2 terms)
  • Paid or unpaid positions
  • 10-20 hours a week
  • Accompanied by the 3 q.h. course: COP 3940/6940 Personal and Career Development

Eligibility requirements for an internship:

  • Enrollment in a BS or MS degree program
  • Cumulative GPA 3.000 or above
  • Undergraduate students must complete 15 q.h. in core courses
  • Graduate students must complete 12 q.h. in core courses
  • Regulatory Affairs students must complete 20 q.h. from the core curriculum. Effective spring 2012, all Regulatory Affairs students must complete RGA 6100 and BTC 6210 before enrolling in a co-op or internship.
  • It is recommended that all Project Management students complete:
    • Project Management Preparation (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management. (Only required for students with less than two years of experience working on project teams) 
    • Project Management Basics (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 6000 Project Management Practices
    • Project Management Cost and Schedule Management (3 q.h.)
      • PJM 6025 Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
    • Project Management Risk & Quality (3 q.h.)
  • Students may not be on academic probation or have an “incomplete” grade for any of their required prerequisites
  • Undergraduate students holding an F-1 visa must be enrolled full time for one academic year (three consecutive quarters) before engaging in an internship

 *Students enrolled in the MS Regulatory Affairs who find their own co-op do not need to meet the 20 q.h. requirement, however they must complete one quarter at the College of Professional Studies, maintain a 3.0 GPA, must have their position approved by the co-op department and must take COP6940 during the first 12 weeks of their co-op. Please review the Student Information Sheet for Regulatory Affairs.

Students who are currently employed cannot receive credit for work completed in an existing position.

Questions? Please contact cpscoop@neu.edu.

Check for your program below to see who your co-op advisor is.

Bachelor's Degrees Designated Specialist Email
Finance and Accounting Management Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Graphic Design Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
Information Technology Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
Leadership Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Leadership - Global Classroom Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Management Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
     
Master of Education Degrees Designated Specialist Email
MEd in Higher Education Administration Ellen Stoddard e.stoddard@neu.edu
     
Master of Science Degrees Designated Specialist Email
Corporate and Oganizational Communication Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Global Studies and International Affairs Ellen Stoddard e.stoddard@neu.edu
Leadership Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Nonprofit Management Kelly Cameron rk.cameron@neu.edu
Project Management Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
Regulatory Affairs for Drugs,
Biologics, and Medical Devices
Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
     
Master of Professional Studies Degrees Designated Specialist Email
Digital Media Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
Informatics Stephen Rando s.rando@neu.edu
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