Graduate Co-op

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 opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to a meaningful project at a leading company or startup through a graduate co-op.   


Gaining real-world experience executing a project in your field can give you confidence, a new perspective on business issues, and a head start on your professional network.  


You're eligible to participate in a graduate co-op through our MS in Business Analytics or MS in Finance (Quantitative Finance) program, although co-ops typically take place after two semesters of coursework.

International students  

After receiving a job offer, F-1 international students need to request and receive authorization to engage in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before they can begin an experiential learning opportunity.

If you are interested in pursuing CPT, Northeastern University's Office of Global Services (OGS) offers international students resources and advising to help you maintain immigration compliance. F-1 international students must obtain CPT authorization from OGS. Schedule an advising appointment with OGS.

How to secure a graduate co-op 

Co-ops are competitive, so start early to find opportunities, and take time to prepare your résumé and cover letter. Although we include co-op jobs in our Global Talent System, we recommend you search employer websites for the most comprehensive list of available positions. Some employers also post positions on job and internship search websites.  

What your graduate co-op may look like  

You'll work on a strategic project for your co-op host company that will allow you to experience the company's culture and help advance its business goals. Your project may stand alone or may continue a larger, ongoing project begun by previous D'Amore-McKim co-op participants. 


Each co-op is unique; employers determine the timelines and post them clearly in the job description. Summer co-ops typically last 8–12 weeks during the summer between your first and second year of study. While less common, you could complete a co-op part-time.

Graduate Co-op timeline

Sample graduate co-ops 

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


Midway through your graduate co-op, your advisor will visit you and your employer (in person or virtually) to monitor your progress and assess your experience. When your co-op is finished, you'll complete a self-evaluation and also receive constructive feedback from your employer. 


You can work remotely, in person, or in a hybrid format. You'll find the location and work arrangement expectations in the job description. 

No. We encourage you to work closely with your academic advisor to find the co-op that most closely aligns with your career goals.

Your employer will determine your pay rate according to your responsibilities.

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