Northeastern University

Nellie Moore - Class of 2011

Human Services and International Affairs

Nellie was a 2011 recipient of an Outstanding Co-op Award - to read more click here

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

This study program [Human Services and International Affairs] gives me a wide range of options from which I can explore potential careers. It really is a great fit - I've never thought twice about my decision.

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

Though the coop program is certainly an attraction, I choose Northeastern for their unique human services program and for the opportunity to combine that with international affairs. These choices weren't available for me at any other school.

How many co-ops have you completed?

Two completed. Third is underway (summer2 and fall of 2010).

If you participated in co-op, can you list give a quick synopsis of what you did?

  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders GLAD - Special Events/Development Intern

  • United States Department Of State - Intern in the Office of Human Rights, Humanitarian and Social Affairs

  • The Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia - as a Leadership Resident

  • At Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, I developed and ran a silent auction worth over $30,000. My supervisor gave me the lead on a regional donor party in Providence, Rhode Island, and our development team gave me the opportunity to step into larger roles time and time again.

    At the State Department, I wrote briefing papers, memoranda and correspondence for senior officials, including the Secretary of State. Everyday I learned something new because the situations abroad are constantly changing.

    In the fall of 2010 I will complete my last coop with the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I will be living with university women, teaching English and assisting with the programming of the dormitories. I have received a Presidential Global Scholars Award from Northeastern to support this project.

    Nellie's experience there was highlighted on the NU webpage. See link. She also kept a blog - it is very interesting!

    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?

    Yes, my freshman year I participated in Jumpstart as a Corps member, working with preschoolers in low-income neighborhoods to develop school-readiness skills. Since then, I've intermittently served my work-study at the Jumpstart office on campus. Last year, I returned as the Jumpstart Team Leader at a preschool in Jamaica Plain.

    I was selected as a resident assistant for the Leadership Living Learning community my sophomore year. I returned last year to Gender Neutral Housing in International Village.

    I lived abroad in Costa Rica during fall 2008, studying the politics, history, culture and language of Latin America. Last summer I traveled to Spain and Morocco as a part of a short-term, faculty-led study abroad, focusing on Moroccan history and Arab culture. I just returned from another of these trips to Benin in West Africa, which integrated language training, service-learning and capacity-building to develop an understanding of the NGO system in Benin.

    Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010