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.

My co-op experience as a rehabilitation aid at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital was a transformative learning experience that laid a strong foundation for my future academic and clinical work. This experience allowed me to improve my communication skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary team in a rehabilitation setting."

Jamie Klag

SLPA Co-op Student

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

My Co-op in France was very successful, and it challenged me in so many ways such as teaching the English language to non-native speakers like my host family, the school administration, and energetic primary school children each day! I learned the importance of how Language Development varies across the ages and how this can interfere with learning a foreign language. I garnered knowledge of how phonology and language development impact a child's listening comprehension.


SLPA Co-op Student

Co-op was monumental for solidifying my understanding of course concepts, developing hands-on skills valuable for patient care, and growing my passion for clinical audiology. Experiential learning has prepared me to enter the next stage of my educational career as a doctoral candidate ahead of the curve.

Lily White

SLPA Co-op Student

My supervisor catered my schedule to include 1:1 SLP sessions that I was able to observe and take part in. The experiential learning that Northeastern provides allowed me to learn what working a full-time job really means, how to work with difficult co-workers, gave me a sense of responsibility and further solidified my passion to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Lucia Kaempf

SLPA Co-op Student