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O’Brien Center for Student Success

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

October 3, 2014

  • 9:00am - 4:30pm: Employer in Residence: Putnam Investments
    Putnam Investments, Michelle Gaspar, is taking appointments with seniors, juniors, and sophomores from any major. Learn about Putnam Investments, the application process, and how your skills and interests make you an ideal candidate. You’re also welcome to ask questions about other job search issues.
    Click here to register for this event.

October 8, 2014

  • 7:30pm: English Career Night
    The English Career Night allows for students to explore the diverse field of English. Alumni from all paths are invited to share their stories of success with students in a casual setting.

October 15, 2014

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Accounting Fair
    This event is a targeted fair for students who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting and seeking internship, co-op, and full-time opportunities.

October 20, 2014

October 23, 2014

October 28, 2014

  • All Day: On-Campus Interview: Beacon ABA Services
    Beacon ABA Services will be on campus October 28th to interview candidates for their Associate Behavior Therapist (ABT) position. The resume deadline for this opportunity is October 14.
    Apply for this position here.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Working in the United States
    Come join us for an informational session on different paths to work in the United States. You will hear success stories from students that have worked on-campus, completed internships and obtained full-time employment.

October 29, 2014

November 4, 2014

November 12, 2014

  • 10:00am - 1:00pm: Ask an Employer: Computer Science and Engineering
    Students from all class levels majoring in engineering, computer science, or information technology (or wanting to explore the major/ career) will hear advice from employers and alumni on their search for an internship, co-op or full-time job in these particular fields.