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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Experiential Learning & Coop

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Lisa Foster
203 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3450
l.foster@neu.edu

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.

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.

Student Quotes about Their Co-Op Experiences

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
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 and other, 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
I learned a lot about communication, responsibility, and with the early morning hours that I had I learned about how important it is to be dedicated to your job. - Emily Hughes, Audiology Assistant
My performance will provide me with improved skills and knowledge of hearing in the health field. I am now familiar with an atmosphere of cooperation and appropriate conduct in an office. I gained patience and good listening skills when dealing with clients and business representatives over the phone. I realize that's important to recognize your mistakes and to learn from them. Observing and interacting with my superiors in the office provided me with confidence and encouragement. - Joyce Holowatch, Pediatric Patient Operation Assistant
I learned so much about myself through this job, such as my love for children and the love I can have for a job. Never have I had a job that I cried on my last day, because I will miss it so much. I have learned so much about whom I am and what I can become in the future, because seeing the difference in the children's communication since I've been there is so heartwarming. - Sarah Edwards, Teacher’s Assistant
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