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O’Brien Center for Career Development


About Merrimack’s Cooperative Education Program

Our program, the second established in New England, was founded more than 35 years ago.  Students in all divisions may participate. For eligible liberal arts and sciences students, we offer a four-year program, while eligible students in business or science & engineering can opt for our five-year program.  You may join the co-op program in the fall or spring semester.  We maintain relationships with local, regional, national, and international companies and organizations in a wide range of fields, and we support students who develop their own co-op opportunities.

The Cooperative Education Program at Merrimack College, offered to all majors, lets you explore a career that interests you while also gaining hands-on experience making you more desirable to future employers.

In addition, co-op students find that their work experience enhances their education, enabling them to integrate classroom theory with real-world practicalities. Working with a co-op coordinator, you will also learn job preparation skills—including resume writing and interview techniques—as part of the program.

Working a co-op job also provides financial assistance to all students regardless of family income or other financial criteria. Typical wages range from $10-$20/hour, and you may be entitled to vacation days, bonuses, and travel benefits. Log on to Advantage to find Cooperative Education opportunities and to apply online.

To participate in a co-op, students must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Must have a 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Must complete a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Must register the cooperative education with the O’Brien Center using Advantage