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Collaboration that fuels innovation

Northeastern works with a wide array of organizations in the Oakland area—companies, nonprofits, governments—to co-design programs and partnerships that fit your distinct needs.

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We’re designed to work with you.

Develop your employees

We work with you to understand your talent and retention gaps. Then we collaborate to create degrees, courses, or workshops—delivered online or in person—to ensure your promising employees develop the skills they need.

Audition new talent

We help you identify our top-caliber students for co-ops and other placements in your organization. They gain real-world experience while you nurture new talent.   

Recruit top employees

By truly understanding what makes your organization tick, we can help you select employees from our pool of highly trained graduates.

Accelerate innovation

We seek to understand your innovation goals, then match you with faculty expertise to speed discovery and translate ideas into market-ready solutions.

Partnerships at work

Our track record

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OAKLAND partnership

Oakland City Challenge

This collaboration among Northeastern’s Burnes Center for Social Change, the City of Oakland, the Oakland Fund for Public Innovation, and the GovLab just launched a new initiative in the heart of Oakland.

With the input of city residents, City Challenge Oakland is helping to solve Oakland’s most difficult and complex problems, from violent crime to homelessness.

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Public policy consulting

Graduate students in the Mills College Public Policy Program have put their training in economics, statistics, and multidisciplinary research methods to good use helping government and nonprofit organizations answer important policy questions.

First, students conduct independent analyses of policy problems on a pro bono basis. Then, under faculty supervision, each student produces a Master’s Policy Report (MPR), a professional report that meets both our academic standards and the needs of the client.

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Building talent pipelines

San Francisco Bay Area companies like Meta, toast, and Paypal are hiring Northeastern students skilled in software development for co-ops and permanent positions. Students hit the ground running, doing impactful work that includes writing code, UX design, and engineering. From idea conception to building solutions, they iterate quickly and integrate seamlessly into project teams. They’re also helping companies diversify their staffs. Since 2018, Northeastern has worked with more than 255 Bay Area organizations and placed nearly 560 students in co-op opportunities.

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Oakland Promise scholarship

Mills College at Northeastern continues to support the Oakland Promise scholarship program, which awards scholarships and offers general guidance and other aid to Oakland’s youth to help them reach their higher education goals.


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