The animated video provides a good overview of the cooperative education experience.

My alma mater, Northeastern University, is the country’s largest and oldest cooperative education program. I chose Northeastern, the only college to which I applied for admission, because I knew that the cooperative education program would allow me to work my way through college. Prior to graduating with my bachelor of science degree in business and computer science, the 12 months of full-time workplace experiences (with Andersen Consulting) through Northeastern’s cooperative education program resulted in job offers from companies throughout the United States. I eventually began my first job after receiving my college degree with IBM at their Santa Teresa Laboratory in San Jose, California.

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