Department of

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Experiential Learning and Co-op


Teamwork and transformation

Cooperative Education (co-op) makes a Northeastern University education richer and more meaningful for our students. Co-op provides students with experiences at home and abroad that help them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence that transforms 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.

Northeastern University’s location, just blocks from some of the most prestigious health care and medical research facilities in the world, allows students in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences to have unmatched access to top employers. Working in the Boston health care community provides tremendous networking opportunities for our students.

This work experience really put the idea that I am no longer a kid into perspective. Juggling a wide range of responsibilities and figuring out what a 35 hour work week (working full-time) truly feels like, I got a taste of adulthood.

Laura Gillan

Medical Staff Assistant

Students enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major pursue co-ops at some of the world’s leading:

  • teaching hospitals
  • schools or special Schools
  • private or group practices
  • international locations
  • research projects

Students in our Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major learn the value of working as members of a health care team in the class setting as well as on co-op. Our co-op positions allow students to learn and recognize the importance of professional behaviors both in the classroom and in the work place.

We believe so strongly in the value of experiential learning, that we require all undergraduates to complete at least one co-op, research, service learning, or global learning experience. See the NU Core requirements. It’s the Northeastern difference.

Co-op Coordinator

Kristen Morse


Associate Cooperative Education Coordinator Physical Therapy, Human Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Out of this work experience I have learned to become more motivated academically. I never realized how little details in academics influence my future at work. Professionally, this experience helped me understand the importance of professionalism, good communication, and problem solving. Personally, my co-workers gave me insight on how to communicate with one another, as well as working with a team. I have gained more social skills throughout this experience, more knowledge personally and academically.

Danah Al-Shobber

OR Patient Operation Assistant