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COP202 Cooperative Education/Internships

Student Program Requirements

  • The Cooperative Education/Internship Course (COP202) integrates in-class (hybrid) or online academic class sessions with an approved and supervised work experience directly related to the student’s major. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work and participate in approximately 12-15 hours of in class (hybrid) or online class sessions.

  • COP202 is required in the following programs of study:
    Accounting Graphic Design
    Management Marketing
    Culinary Arts & Food Service Executive Administrative Assistant
    Legal Administrative Assistant Medical Administrative Assistant
    Hospitality & Tourism 


  • Students may use COP202 as an open elective course in the following majors:
    Criminal Justice Computer Networking
    Liberal Arts Computer Programming
    Computer Applications Food Science & Safety


  • Students have received assistance from the Cooperative Education/Internships office in the following majors:
    Health Sciences     Engineering     Business Administration Transfer

  • COP202 prerequisites needed:
    Students must (1) have completed at least 27 credits in their program of study in addition to (2) have taken and passed CMP101 Composition 1, and (3) have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • COP202 is offered each semester: fall, winter/spring and summer and offered either on site or online.

  • A student may use his/her current job (1) if it directly relates to your program of study, (2) you are NOT working for a family member or friend, and (3) you are working in a supervised environment. The Cooperative Education/Internship placement coordinator must approve a student's work site related to his/her academic major at the time of registration. Call (978)739-5511 or email mqualter@northshore.edu for further information.

  • Assistance in securing an approved work placement is available. Students should allow at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the course to take advantage of job assistance which includes creating a resume, participating in job search activities, and receiving tips on interview techniques and writing thank you letters. Call (978)-739-5511 for assistance or for further information.

  • Students and employers must: sign the Massachusetts Community College Internship Agreement and employers will also be contacted to verify employment, check on your work performance through on-site visits, and participate in post internship surveys.

  • If you have prior work experience in your major, you may meet the eligibility criteria to complete the COP202 Exemption Form to Waive Program Requirement to request a waiver. The form can be downloaded from the department/program web page.

  • To waive COP202, you must be able to demonstrate that you have relevant full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in your major field of study within the last 3 to 5 years. Upon verification of the information you provide on the COP202 Exemption Form to Waive Program Requirement, you will be notified by mail as to the approval/disapproval of your request to waive the course.

  • If waiver is approved, you must substitute either a 3-credit business elective or a 3-credit open elective depending upon the course requirements outlined on your particular program of study.

  • You must take the COP202 course to fulfill the graduation requirement.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Matthew Qualter at mqualter@northshore.edu or call (978) 739-5511.

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