Northeastern University

LeeAnne Paulenoff - Class of 2010

Noelle Minter

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

I was extremely interested in understanding different cultures and how societies function. I felt sociology could supply me with a broad knowledge of social structures and societal differences. I have been able to focus my sociological knowledge into specific areas such as organizations and business structures.

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

Northeastern was my first choice for my college education. I was extremely excited about having the opportunity to gain real life work experience. Being able to apply my studies to the work world was extremely important to me when I decided on my educational path. Northeastern was undeniably the best choice for my college education because of the experiences and opportunities I have been able to take part in.

How many co-ops have you completed?


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

Walt Disney WorldAttractions Cast Member – Fall 2007

At Walt Disney World I performed narrative introductions to large groups, monitored guest flow, operated complex and sophisticated equipment and assisted with audience safety.

Federal City Council/The Economic Club of Washington D.C. - Intern - Meeting Planner – Spring 2009

At Federal City Council/ The Economic Club of Washington D.C. (EC)/ I provided basic administrative assistance, maintained and updated electronic database, and reconciled meeting and membership dues. I also transitioned the office staff to an online banking system, and scheduled and coordinated meetings and events.

I enjoyed the feedback and guidance I received from my supervisors and co-workers. All the employees were extremely helpful and made sure I gained the most I could while working at each co-op. While working at Disney I was able to work behind the scenes of the Magic Kingdom and learn many secrets and traditions that many visitors are unaware of. During my time at the Federal City Council and Economic Club, I was able to meet well known government officials and CEOs in Washington D.C., while planning lunch and dinner events.

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 -I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh Scotland. While in Edinburgh I was able to gain my own independence and live far away from any familiarities. I was also able to understand different cultures norms and practices.

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?

I graduated in May 2010. I was able to find an internship in the August 2009 at a non-profit organization, the Associations of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM) because of my extensive event planning experience from the Economic Club of Washington D.C. I will be working with AICUM until August 2010. I have accepted a position in Walt Disney World starting August 2010.

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010