Northeastern University

Julie Babyatzky - Class of 2011

Noelle Minter

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

I started college in the undecided pool, but after taking a few sociology courses I knew the major was right for me. I hope to use my education to ensure that I’m on a career path that will allow me to make real social change and truly impact lives. For me, sociology was the best choice to put me on that path.

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

I always knew I wanted to be in a city, but I also wanted to have the feel of a college campus. That’s pretty hard to find but Northeastern had it. I also really loved all of the unique opportunities that Northeastern provides to students, and I felt like coming to NU would allow me to have a more meaningful and well rounded college experience. I was really drawn to both the co-op program and the extensive international study program, and knew that I’d do my best to make use of both.

How many co-ops have you completed?

Three.

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

My first co-op was atThe National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) as a Family Day Intern. I helped spread awareness for CASA’s annual Family Day – a day that encourages families to start using nightly dinners as a tool to prevent children from abusing drugs and alcohol - by requesting endorsements from county executives and mayors, connecting with organizations, schools and religious groups across the country, and sending out materials to participants for events.

My second co-op was at the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue as the Administrative and Events Assistant. I worked closely with the Events Manager to create a marketing plan for two large-scale educational seminars. I was in charge of many logistical aspects of these events including registration, catering, set-up, and financial transactions. Additionally, I had many administrative duties like maintaining the database, conducting research on various topics to better the Center, and offering reception services to visitors.

I completed my third co-op at Root Cause as the Communications Assistant. I handled most aspects of online communication outreach for the organization including updating and maintaining the website, blog, Twitter and Facebook account. I also contributed to the writing and editing of articles, case studies, research reports, white papers, and profiles. As the Communications Assistant, I had a hand in each of the various departments and initiatives of the organization by contributing to marketing and promotion plans, participating in interviews, working on events, and researching potential clients, funders and high performing organizations.

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

I’ve really enjoyed all three of my co-ops and I think my greatest takeaway is that I feel prepared to graduate and secure in the academic and employment choices I’ve made over the past few years. Co-op has allowed me to explore the various career paths I could take and has solidified my passion for working with people to help solve social problems. Co-op has improved my professional skills, made me a more confident person all around, and built a social and professional network that I know I will use 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 studied abroad in the spring of 2010 at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Spending 5 months in a third world country was one of the most amazing and challenging experience of my life. I had countless incredible experiences – some highlights were doing the world’s highest bungee jump, monitoring sanitary conditions and violence levels in a refugee camp, attending the opening soccer game at Cape Town’s World Cup Stadium, camping in the Okavango Delta, coaching kids from one of the most poverty stricken townships in South Africa in soccer and netball, and cooking and serving food to hundreds of South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. Studying abroad reignited my passion for helping people; it was one of the best decisions I’ve made at Northeastern.

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 currently working in development at the GreenLight Fund, a Cambridge-based venture philanthropy organization. My co-ops not only helped me gain a clear understanding of which direction I wanted to head career wise, but enabled me to build the strong professional network that led me to this position.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Doing three co-ops and studying abroad at Northeastern takes a lot of time and commitment but is worth it! I encourage everyone to take advantage of all of the opportunities that Northeastern offers and make the most out of the 4 or 5 years here.

Questions Answered as of 7/12/11