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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Co-operative Education & Internships

Merrimack’s Graduate Cooperative Education/Internship program provides students with the opportunity to gain field experience within a company or organization. The benefits of a co-op and internship could include:

  • Gaining valuable work experience in your field of interest and getting paid while doing it
  • Increase your odds to gain post graduate employment
  • Build confidence and gain valuable skills
  • Network!! Network!! Network!!
Co-operative Education

The Cooperative Education Program at Merrimack College is offered to all Masters Students; it lets students explore a career of interest while also gaining hands-on experience, making students more desirable to future employers. Working in a paid career-related position can bring added confidence, valuable contacts, and marketable skills that will help students pursue their long-term goals.

In addition, co-op students find that their work experience enhances their education, enabling them to integrate classroom theory with real-world practicalities.


Internships provide students with flexible and varied ways to gain valuable on-the-job experience related to career interests. Internships can be paid or unpaid, take place during summers, school semesters or vacation breaks, and cover a range of time commitments.

An internship can easily meet the need to learn about a specific career field while allowing a student to apply and enhance skills at the same time. Unpaid internships can be especially well suited for exploring fields such as advertising, government, and work in non-profit agencies.

By expanding their network of professional contacts, students who work as interns gain a competitive edge in the job market. An internship experience is also a great way to demonstrate commitment to a professional career when applying to graduate school.

For assistance in finding an internship or co-op opportunity, students should make an appointment with the Graduate School Career Advisor in the O’Brien Center for Student Success, by calling 978-837-5480 or stopping by. We are located on the second floor of the Sakowich Student Center.


Upcoming Events

September 21, 2016

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Global Education Fair
    Please join the Office of Global Education (formally Study Abroad), for our annual GEO fair! This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about Merrimack’s 2016-2017 global semester, and short-term faculty-led programs.

September 27, 2016

  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Accounting Networking Breakfast
    Merrimack College will be hosting an Accounting Networking Breakfast on September 27, 2016 at 8am in the Blue Line Club located in the Merrimack Athletics Complex. 
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Faculty Workshop on Leading Short-Term Study Abroad

    Have you ever considered incorporating an international component into one of your courses? Have you wanted to teach a course abroad, but simply had no idea where to start? If so, then this workshop led by study abroad veteran Professor Kathleen Shine Cain will be a wonderful opportunity for you to come and hear from faculty who have led different types of short-term study abroad courses for Merrimack, discover what it might offer your teaching, learn how it can be done, and get answers to those questions you always wanted to ask.

September 29, 2016

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Finance Networking Brunch
    Merrimack College will be hosting an Finance Networking Brunch on September 29, 2016 at 11am in the Blue Line Club located in the Merrimack Athletics Complex.

October 5, 2016

  • Image preview 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Accounting and Finance Fair
    Merrimack College will be hosting an Accounting and Finance Fair open to all majors on October 5, 2016 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Sakowich Campus Center.

October 11, 2016

  • 3:45pm - 5:15pm: Connecting Global Opportunities to Classroom Experience

    Connecting Global Opportunities to Classroom Experience

    TuesdayOctober 11, 2016

    Murray Lounge


    What does the growing emphasis upon international education mean for Merrimack’s students? What does it offer our classrooms and teaching here on-campus and our disciplines? Come to panel discussion on the critical importance of education abroad today.  On Tuesday, October 11 please come to a panel discussion hosted on the challenges and the potential of these global education for students and faculty at Merrimack College. Panelists include:

    • John Christian, President of CAPA Global Education Network
    • Dr. Michael Wolf, Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer of CAPA Global Education Network;
    • Dr. Isabelle Cherney, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy
    • Dr. Liesl Smith, Director of Global Education
    • Dr. Kathleen Shine Cain, Global Education Faculty Liaison
    Following the panel guests are invited to a reception in the Mack Club!