Cooperative Education

About the Co-op Experience

The Co-op Program is an integral component of the academic experience in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. The co-op experiences add depth to classroom studies, provide exposure to career paths and opportunities, enable students to develop the skills needed to be successful in today's global business environment, build a more competitive resume, and develop a network of contacts in the professional world.

Students in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business have the opportunity to work in co-op positions at organizations that encompass all business functions across a diverse range of industries, sectors and locations. Students participate in at least two six-month co-ops, exploring opportunities with our more than 600 employer partners, located in over 25 states and around the world. Co-op positions are full-time and students receive a competitive wage. BSBA students have the opportunity to participate in both domestic and international co-ops; BSIB students are required to have a domestic co-op and an international co-op.

How it works

All students are assigned a co-op coordinator who helps to prepare them for co-op and to identify opportunities that match their goals and interests. The D'Amore-McKim School of Business Co-op Coordinators are located in 347 Richards Hall. Students are required to complete a one-credit course taught by their co-op coordinator, Professional Development for Business, before beginning their first co-op experience. Co-op coordinators work closely with students both in this course and in one-on-one counseling throughout all aspects of the job search process. The co-op coordinator also works closely with employer partners in developing, enhancing and maintaining co-op positions that align with the educational goals of the college. 

Students participate in two or three six-month paid co-ops beginning in the middle or end of their sophomore year. Co-op cycles are January to June or July to December; students alternate school with co-op. Co-op experiences are expected to increase in degree of difficulty and responsibility and to have specific learning outcomes. Students may choose to do a third co-op, which is most likely to lead to a post-graduation job opportunity. Co-op employers provide students with feedback on their professional performance, helping students to develop and mature in the business world.

For BSBA students looking to see how you can complete two co-ops, please view our four-year/two co-op models.To see how you can complete three co-ops, please view our five-year/three co-op models.

Co-op Employers

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business works with more than 600 co-op employers nationwide, including: Akami, Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, Covidien, Credit Suisse HOLT, Deloitte, EF Education, Ernst & Young, GE, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, Raytheon, Staples, State Street, and TJX - among many others.

Internationally, D'Amore-McKim School of Business works with a host of employers, including AIG Investments, Allliance Insurance Group, BNP Paribas, Bosh, CEVA Logistics, Citigroup, GE Healthcare, Henkel, Kellogg's Novoa Design, State Street, and USB Bank.