New Undergraduates

If you’re a new student (freshman or undergraduate transfer) in the College of Computer and Information Science, welcome! When you begin depends on several factors including your year/rank in school and your major. Because the Co-op Program must accommodate several hundred students per year, the program is rigorous and very structured.

General Criteria  

You should begin by familiarizing yourself with basic information about co-op policies and procedures by reading the CCIS Co-op Manual and the Northeastern University Co-op Student Handbook.

Students should be in good academic standing in order to begin the co-op job search. This means:

  • You cannot be on academic probation or dismissal.
  • You must have a 2.0 GPA or higher and be in full-time student status during your job search.
  • You must be taking and passing a co-op preparation course.

More detailed CCIS Undergraduate Co-op Eligibility Requirements can be found hereIn addition, students must be “cleared” by their co-op coordinator before they can accept or begin working a co-op position. For more information about the clearance process, see the CCIS Co-op Manual.

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Students Entering as Freshmen

All freshmen are required to take CS 1200 during their first semester. During this class they will be assigned to one of the two basic co-op patterns; January through June or July through December. Each student will take CS 1210 CS/IS Overview 2 the semester before starting their co-op. In class preparation is combined with individual one-on-one meetings during the job search process.

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Internal Transfer Students

You must first be fully accepted into the program before you can participate in CCIS Co-op; provisionally admitted students are not eligible.   Setup a meeting with your CCIS Co-op Faculty Coordinator your first semester in the college to work out a tentative co-op pattern. Normally students are in their third semester of CCIS courses before looking for a related co-op.  This allows us to verify that you can handle the rigorous CCIS curriculum and gives you time to complete entry level CS/IS coursework so you can be competitive with other students seeking co-op. International students on an F1 visa must attend school full-time for a minimum of one academic year before going out on co-op.

If you have already been on co-op in your previous major, the co-op prep course credit you earned there will transfer into CCIS. Speak with your CCIS Co-op Faculty Coordinator to make sure you understand the CCIS processes.

Once you are accepted:

  • Immediately come in to see your new CCIS co-op coordinator. Your coordinator will need to assess your readiness for co-op, help you plan when you’ll go on co-op, and assign you to a pattern.
  • Plan to take the CCIS co-op preparation course, CS 1210, the semester before co-op if you haven’t taken one in your previous college.
  • Complete co-op clearance during the semester before you wish to begin working.

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Transfers from Outside NU

If you’re transferring into CCIS from another university, you must first be accepted into the college before you can participate in the CCIS Co-op Program. Students who are “provisionally” admitted to CCIS cannot participate in co-op!

Although a minimum of two semesters must be completed in CCIS before you can go on co-op, normally students are in their third or fourth semester of CCIS courses before looking for a related co-op.  This allows us to verify that you can handle the rigorous CCIS curriculum and gives you time to complete entry level CS/IS coursework so you can be competitive with other students seeking co-op. International students on an F1 visa must attend school full-time for a minimum of one academic year before going out on co-op.

Once you are accepted:

  • Immediately come in to see your new CCIS co-op coordinator. Your coordinator will need to assess your readiness for co-op, help you plan when you’ll go on co-op, and assign you to a division.
  • Be enrolled in and passing the CCIS co-op preparation course CS 1210 the semester before you begin co-op.
  • Complete co-op clearance during the semester before you wish to begin working.

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