Northeastern University

Kate Janisch - Class of 2009

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

After trying to switch into the Health Sciences major I found the Human Services department which I saw as a good path to preparing me to become a registered dietician. I was allowed to specialize in health sciences while taking clinical counseling courses. Human services opened the door into the non-profit realm with my coop and internship, which I never would have found otherwise.

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

The location and campus are great, in the city with a private campus. There is about as much red tape as any other school (which is of course, too much). Personally for me, I should have transferred to another school because Northeastern does not have the major I needed to enter my desired career path of a dietician.

How many co-ops have you completed?


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

Beth Israel Medical Center in a small doctors office in downtown Boston as a Front Desk Receptionist . Here I completed phone triage, checked patients in and out. At this co-op, I built communication skills, tolerance for patients, made good friends with other co-ops and with other full time employees, went to work with physical therapist as receptionist afterwards.

For my second, I worked at City Year headquarters as Careforce Coordinator. I maintained the Pepsi volunteer website, reconciled financials of past projects, participated at project sites in New Orleans, Norwalk CT, and South Africa. They offered me lots of team building activities with the other CY coops and senior corps members. I also completed many miscellaneous tasks around the office. At City Year, I grew a lot… huge development as a person, gained leadership skills and was offered great opportunities. It opened a huge door for me. They also sent me on trips to New Orleans and South Africa which were unforgettable. I left with incredible references and connections.

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?

For my Human Services Internship class, I interned at the Joslin Diabetes Center for the Latino Department and Adult Nutrition Education. Here I got to shadow dieticians, sit in on classes, create new nutrition documents and learn a whole lot about practice, the disease, and methods for helping. I completed a lot of computer data analysis and made brochures/handouts in English/Spanish. I also participated in World Diabetes Day and salsa dancing classes

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. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes – I am continuing at Northeastern for Masters in Public Health. Hopefully I will also be obtaining Dietician (dpd) certification from Simmons and then afterwards continuing to become a registered dietician. I think that all my placements (co-ops and Human Services internship) have significantly helped me in my career development but mostly personal development. I have maintained contacts at all locations and regularly visit with coworkers and supervisors from them all.

My coop at City Year was a life altering position which allowed me to grow the most out of any other event/course/etc. during my time at Northeastern. It is a position that I never would have found or been interested in on my own. I have Lisa to thank for that. :)

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010