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Aileen Kent Yates

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

Aileen Kent-Yates


Office Location

35-37 Leon Street
311 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Aileen Kent Yates, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • BA in Elementary Education & Special Education, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Human Resources Management Certification, Radcliffe College

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

My undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst was in elementary and special education and I have certifications in both. I have a post-graduate certification in human resources management from Radcliffe College. I worked as an educator before transitioning to human resources in the corporate world. As a human resources consultant, I worked in all areas of human resources within the software and hardware industries, as well as the retail industry. I also worked in human resources search and placement before joining Northeastern University. It is here at Northeastern that I have been able to combine my strengths and interests in both education and human resources as part of the CCIS Co-op team.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most interesting about what you do?

I absolutely love working with students as they begin their professional career journey through the co-op program! I enjoy partnering with them to identify their skills and interests in order to find a co-op job that is the right fit. I am able to build strong relationships with students by getting to know them over the years as their co-op coordinator. It is so exciting to witness their growth as they integrate their academic experience with the professional work world. I teach the co-op preparation course for first time co-op students which covers everything they need to know to get a job, keep a job, and take ownership of their professional career development. I work closely with employers to establish quality co-op placements through job development and by strengthening existing relationships. It is inspiring to see what our students have been able to accomplish while on co-op and how co-op has launched their professional careers. It is an added bonus to be able to stay in touch with so many students after graduation to see where life takes them.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

The impact that computer science has on our world is what I find most compelling about CCIS. It plays a significant role in advancements across all disciplines and it is an honor to be a part of a college that contributes to society. The research is always relevant and available to students at all points in their academic careers. The fact that students have access to faculty and research as undergraduates is just extraordinary.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in New York and moved to Massachusetts during high school.