Graduate Co-op

Gain project-based professional experience in your field


weeks typically spent on graduate co-op


hours per week with full- and part-time options


programs offering co-op opportunities

Northeastern University is world-renowned for its focus on education through experience. As a student in our MS in Business Analytics or MS in Finance (Qualitative Finance) program, you'll have the option to participate in a graduate co-op where you'll have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to a meaningful project at a leading company or startup. 

In your graduate co-op, you'll gain real-world experience executing a project in your field that can give you confidence, a new perspective on business issues, and a head start on your professional network.

Choose the time commitment that fits you best

Graduate co-ops can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

  • Full-time: Pursue full-time co-op opportunities in the summer and extend your program from 12 to 16 months finishing your studies in the fall.
  • Part-time: Pursue part-time co-op opportunities while taking your courses at the same time.

You are encouraged to work closely with your career advisor when planning your co-op. 

Curricular Practical Training for F-1 international students 

Integrated into the course curriculum, D'Amore-McKim  Full-Time MS in Business Analytics and MS in Finance (Quantitative Finance) programs offer students the opportunity to engage in experience-powered learning opportunities, such as the graduate co-op program. These can be full- or part-time co-ops directly related to your major study area.

F-1 international students must request and receive authorization to engage in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before they can begin any experiential learning opportunity. Authorization for CPT can only be granted by Designated School Officials within Northeastern University's Office of Global Services, which offers international students resources and advice to help them maintain their F-1 non-immigrant status.

How to find a graduate co-op

Beginning a successful job search requires taking initiative and being proactive. Graduate co-ops are competitive and you'll want to take the time to prepare your resume and cover letter to stand out and differentiate yourself. You'll need to be resilient and adaptable if your first plan doesn't come together and continue to identify the right opportunity for you.

To begin your search, make sure to explore D'Amore-McKim's Global Talent System, visit employer's websites, and search job listing websites such as LinkedIn. These will all be good sources for current open positions and may help you identify companies that offer a position aligned with your professional interests.

Sample graduate co-ops 

  • Compliance Associate
  • Corporate Development 
  • Executive Associate
  • Global Technology & Operations Development
  • HR Development
  • Internal Audit
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Development
  • Quantitative Analytics
  • Technology Leadership Advancement  

Programs offering a graduate co-op