Northeastern’s website describes Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning as:
“Co-op (short for “cooperative education”) makes a Northeastern education richer and more meaningful, providing students with experiences at home and abroad that help them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to transform their lives.
Our co-op program, founded over a century ago, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their academic or career interests: in business, health care, education, engineering and technology, the visual and performing arts, and public policy, to name a few.
Co-op coordinators in each college provide support for students in preparing them and succeeding on their co-ops. Students are assigned to a coordinator based on their major.
More than 6,000 Northeastern students are on co-op during some part of each academic year. Students have the option of pursuing up to three co-op experiences.
Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum, our scheduling, and our advising system. A network of co-op coordinators within each college support students in preparing for and succeeding on their co-ops.”
So this week I’m supposed to be talking about Co-Op. Like most people, Co-Op was a big part of my decision to choose Northeastern for my tertiary education. I am very interested in all of the options for Co-Op when the time comes for me to do one. There is one thing that I’m very sure about in the ways of Co-Op. Under no circumstances do I want to accept an unpaid Co-Op. I know, I know, I should be open to all of my options, but I chose a school with paid Co-Op options because I need the money to help pay for Northeastern.
Besides that I’m open to any type of Co-Op although I would like to stay domestic since I’m looking to pursue a domestic career. Now that I’ve decided on changing my major, I know that the Poli Sci department has great opportunities for paid Co-Ops. I think the whole thing is just a great opportunity for everyone. In economic times like this, things like Co-Ops and internships can make a huge difference on your resume. Having work experience of any kind is important; especially when it correlates to the field that one is perusing work in.
One thing I would sort of like for Co-Ops is to go back to California. The East Coast is nice and all but it would be really nice to be back in my home state and work with the California government, because it is the one that I do know the most about. In my future career I can see myself going back home to California. I originally wanted to travel and see the world and I still do, but not in my work. I want a stable home in a beautiful place that I love and for me that is California.