Northeastern University

Amy Scheffler - Class of 2011

Human Services and International Affairs


Why did you choose this major, and does/did it seem like the right major for you? Why?

I chose my major because I always envisioned myself lending a helping hand to individuals--both in a domestic and international context. I knew that it would be important to learn about the politics, norms, and developments on the international stage in order to make my dreams a reality and work in the ever-expanding, global Human Services field.

Why did you choose NU? Was/is this the right school for you?

Northeastern University provided the perfect combination of a campus setting and vibrant elements of city life. Living and learning in this context would be vital for me to gain a better understanding of the diversities in society. Northeastern has therefore proven time and time again to have been the perfect school choice for me. I have received a very focused and personalized education and have had many work and learning opportunities I could not have gained from other University settings I was considering.

How many co-ops have you completed?

I have completed one full-time, six-month co-op and one part-time, four-month co-op--so two co-ops in total.

Can you list the companies and give a quick synopsis of what you did?

My first co-op was at EF Education . I worked in their Cultural Care Au Pair Operations department. . I coordinated au pairs from approximately 7-10 different countries at a time. During this process, I answered their questions about becoming an au pair and what it would be like to work in the United States as an au pair. I also assisted with processing visa, flight, deposit and other documentation required by the State Department and Cultural Care.

My second co-op was at Northeastern University's Health and Counseling Services. I initially worked in the capacity of event planner (coordinating volunteers and executing events). I also spent quite a bit of time researching, updating, and utilizing the University's behavioral health referral database so that students could successfully be referred to community clinicians. I have continued my work at the Health Center as a health promotions and research assistant.

If you participated in co-op, what were the highlights/great learning opportunities you gained?

On both of my co-ops I had the opportunity meet and network with many great individuals. I was granted the opportunity to work on independent projects from which learned and grew as a student and individual. Co-op was critical in helping me to determine how I truly wanted to apply my many interests in International Affairs, Human Services, Health Sciences, and Sociology, in the future.

Did you have any other "learning from outside of the classroom" (service learning, student leadership, study abroad, research, or volunteering) that also enriched your time here?

I have participated in two Service Learning courses (Human Services Professions and Statistics in Sociology); gone on Dialogue of Civilizations trips: to Kenya (global health and development focus) and the Balkans (social conflict and resolution focus);


had student leadership experiences (as a Global Partnership for Activism and Cross Cultural Training (GPACT) leader in development of the NU composting program, Vice President of the NU Invisible Children chapter and President of a campus ministry group, among others). I completed my Human Services internship requirement at Northeastern University's Health and Counseling Services in Fall 2010 and continued to work at the Health Center throughout Spring and Summer 1 2011.

Have you Graduated from NU? If Yes, please let us know what you are doing and if you think your co-ops and experiential education have helped you in your career path.

I graduated from Northeastern in May 2011. I currently still serve as a health promotions and research assistant at Northeastern University's Health and Counseling Center. I also work at Global Vision International (GVI), a volunteer tourism company, as a volunteer coordinator. I assist individuals around the world in applying to and completing international volunteer projects ranging from wildlife conservation in Costa Rica to working with orphans in Romania. I hope that my future career path allows me to combine my interests in public health, nutrition, food safety, with my passion for international cultural exchange. I know that my co-ops and involvement in other forms of experiential education helped me to truly grasp where I hope to go with my continued learning and future.

Questions Answered as of 11-4-2010