Experiential Learning

Experiential learning, anchored by our renowned cooperative education program, lies at the heart of academic life at Northeastern.

The integration of study with professional work, research, and service in 131 countries around the world gives students real-world opportunities and responsibilities. In the Explore Program, we help you identify and plan for experiential learning opportunities in your first semester and beyond.

If you are like many of our undeclared students who are eager to engage in a global experience as early as possible, you can apply to go on a Dialogue of Civilizations program during the summer after your freshman year.

On a Dialogue, you will spend 4-6 weeks studying abroad with a Northeastern faculty member and other Northeastern students in a structured program, earning 8 academic credits. There are over 50 programs for you to choose from across the globe.

Dialogue Of Civilizations

Faculty-led programs, offered during the summer, that focus on critical issues facing students and their peers at both the local and global levels.

Explore the World

Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning which allows you to apply course concepts while addressing the needs of local community partners. As an undeclared freshman, you can choose to enroll in a Service-Learning section of Connections & Decisions and take advantage of Northeastern’s experiential education program in your very first semester!

Service-Learning in Connections & Decisions allows you to explore your interests, develop professional skills, and get to know the Boston community. If you choose this option, you will be assigned to a direct service role with a community partner based on your interests and serve weekly throughout the semester. Your service experience is integrated into your Connections & Decisions course through assignments, discussions, and your final presentation.

Connections and Decisions

A one-credit seminar specifically designed for first-semester freshmen in the Northeastern Explore Program.

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Northeastern is known for its outstanding co-op program, which allows you to gain professional experience in your field of study beginning your sophomore year. Undeclared students who want more time to explore can go out on co-op which will prepare them to declare their major when they return to classes.

For students who are interested in internships, we provide opportunities to practice professional skills like informational interviewing and resume writing through course assignments in our freshman seminar, Connections & Decisions, and in our student organization, NU Horizons. When you are ready to start looking for your first internship, we will connect you with Career Development to attend workshops specifically designed for freshmen exploring internships.

Cooperative Education and Career Development

All three of my co-op experiences have been nothing short of amazing.

Lauren Serzanin

As an undeclared student, you can take advantage of the rich academic life at Northeastern by participating in a research experience. Working closely with faculty on their research is an exciting way to enhance your intellectual development, learn valuable teamwork skills, explore an area of interest in more depth, and gain valuable experience before going out on co-op.

If you are thinking about pursuing independent research, you can visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors website for more information about developing your research question, finding a faculty mentor, securing funding your project, and presenting your work on campus and beyond. If you are interested in shadowing the research of a faculty member or working in a lab on campus, we encourage you to contact a faculty member in your area of interest.

Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors

Every day, Northeastern’s undergraduates engage in knowledge creation, artistic expression and entrepreneurial innovation in collaboration with faculty and peers on campus and around the globe.

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Volunteer Fair

The Center of Community Service hosts a Volunteer Fair every semester, where you can network with representatives from community organizations and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Reach Out

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Husky Volunteer Team

HVT brings together teams of up to 10 members of the Northeastern community (students, faculty, and staff) to partner with a community organization for a minimum of one semester.

Community Service

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Student Organizations

Many student organizations at Northeastern are centered around meaningful service and community engagement. Here are some examples: Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life NU), Peace through Play, Strong Women, Strong Girls.

Get Involved!

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Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long immersive living and volunteering experience. Through meaningful action, reflection and education, volunteers engage in direct service that addresses a critical, social issue.

Info Sessions