Beyond the Green Line Series: A Taste of Chicago

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chicago_architecture_river_cruise_Welcome Back to the Beyond the Green Line blog series which will focus on highlighting a particular metropolitan region outside of Boston as a potential area where Northeastern students may want to work and live after graduating. We’ll serve you up some tidbits on the local food scene, cultural attractions, and fun things to do as well as industries with a strong presence there and potential job openings so that you can consider adding these locales to your job search.   After each blog, feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything you think we’ve missed or any particular companies in that area which interest you.

Welcome to our Beyond the Green Line blog on Chi-town. Did you know that there are 34 Fortune 500 companies located in Illinois, a majority of which are situated in the Chicago Metropolitan area?

You may have heard of a few of them before Boeing; Motorola; Linkedin and Kraft Foods, but did you also know that 18 Northeastern Students co-op’ed in Chicago in 2015 alone? Some co-op employers local to Chi-town include Google; UBS; Bluewolf; Intel; and Synapse Games. Want to know why students went there? Maybe because Chicago has it going on – check out this video by Chicago Creative Space touring Motorola’s new innovative Chicago headquarters and read below for the full scoop on the Windy City. Leave us a comment if there’s anything you think we’ve missed or any particular companies you’re interested in.

Food and Drink

  • Taste of Chicago – the WORLD’s LARGEST food festival which spans 5 days, attracts over a million visitors each year and has 2 stages which have hosted Wilco, Neyo, Trisha Yearwood and more.
  • Deep Dish pizza, hot dogs, and Italian beef – the lists of restaurants you MUST VISIT are overwhelming…


  • You may have heard of a couple actors/comedians who’ve gotten their start at Second City Improv – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert- the city is bursting with humor and creativity to take advantage of.
  • They dye the river green. Yup, every St. Paddy’s Day for the past 40+ years. Oh, and there’s a pretty amazing parade and celebration too.
  • If theater is your thing, the iconic Chicago Theater brings some big productions into town; for music, outdoor concerts at Millennium Park are great and smaller spots like Reggie’s Rock Club and the House of Blues offer a more intimate venue.
  • Everything from fossils at the Field Museum to Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago –the 2nd largest museum in the U.S.


  • Architecture Boat Tour. A MUST DO. Enough said.
  • Not sure if you’ve heard of the Chicago Bulls or Blackhawks or White Sox or Cubs or da Bears their Sports – Chicago’s got your back for all things sports.
  • Lakefront Trail is amazing for running or cycling and don’t forget the beach for lounging too.

Chicago Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers to apply!

Yello Ruby Engineer; Data Scientist Co-op; Software Engineering Co-op

Uber Marketing Manager, Community Engagement; Regional Operations Manager

Groupon Talent Development Coordinator; Corporate Accounting Analyst; Data Engineer; Associate Buyer; Software Dev. Engineering Intern, Summer 2017

Kraft Heinz Corporate Management Trainee;  IT Analyst – Sales; Junior Buyer, Indirects

Rise Interactive Front End Developer, Analytics; Account Executive

LinkedIn SMB Associate Account Executive; Campaign Manager, Marketing Solutions;

Motorola Mobile App Developer; N.A. Marketing Intern; Portfolio Strategy Intern; Proposal Specialist Intern

GoGo Inflight Commercial Aviation – Project Controls Analyst; Analyst-Commercial Analytics

DigitasLBi Analyst, Search Marketing; Quality Analyst

Yelp Account Executive, Digital Advertising; Ad Operations Associate

This post was authored by Melissa Croteau. Melissa is an Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Northeastern University where she focuses on initiating new and broadening existing employer relationships with a goal of increased full-time, internship and co-op hiring of students as well as greater employer engagement within the broader Northeastern community.  She just celebrated 5 years of working at Northeastern where she also earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 2013.  When she’s not chatting up employers, she enjoys singing in a 100-person choral group, hiking, and exploring the MFA.  You can reach Melissa at 


The Video Game Industry Needs You!

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This post is brought to you as part of the coverage for the Grace Hopper Celebration, in Houston TX.


“Gaming is an art form that brings technologies to life”

In a world where 43% of gamers are women and only 17% of computer science graduates are women, this disparity that has created a major talent gap. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities for women to make contributions and develop the skills and competencies to build towards a career in gaming.

Addressing a packed house at the “Video Game Industry Needs YOU!” session a panel of gaming leaders at Microsoft delivered an entertaining and highly informative discussion on how women can carve their own paths into gaming.


Bonnie Ross, Corporate Vice President, 343 Industries, Microsoft
You don’t need a technical background to be in gaming.  We (343 Industries) look for a diverse team that brings creative all disciplines together.  You alone or you with a friend can create a mobile game.

If you can make things that you can show that helps.   Even copying an existing game or modifying something else, but showing up with a lot of passion makes a difference.  There are lots of women that didn’t have any gaming experience but wouldn’t stop knocking. Their passion was the driving factor that helped them through the door.

Helen Chiang, Senior Director of Business and Strategy, Microsoft
Advances in technology have made gaming accessible to more people.  I can play games of Candy Crush with my mom or my son can build worlds in Minecraft.

Don’t let the lack of a specific degree hold you back.   I like to hire for passion over skills and experience.  I think technical skills are things you can always learn and people can teach you over time.  No one can teach you to develop that passion.

Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer, 343 Industries, Microsoft
Get your CS degree and figure out what your passionate about.  We love a combination of CS and traditional skills in terms of film writing or story telling or user interaction design.  Every one of those roles is a combination of technology and being great project manager or being able to tell a great story or composing amazing music.  It’s an interesting combo of new and old.  All of these traditional rules apply in terms of what makes a good story or what is a great composed environment.

Go out there and start making stuff.  You can go to hackathons or game jams and team up with a handful of people really quickly.  It helps you understand what your strengths are and what areas you may want to lean into.  More importantly, It teaches you to work across disciplines because that’s the one thing about game development, it is every discipline collaborating and working together to solve problems and creating together.   That’s a really gratifying dynamic that you can learn with three or four or 6 people at a game jam.

Shannon Loftis, General Manager for Studios 1st Publishing, Microsoft
If you love games, play them and play them as much as you can!  Start exploring the tools that are available (like Twine).  Once you get used to telling stories, thinking about stories and thinking about the ways people are going to experience them then you ARE a game developer.

There also opportunities due to an acceleration of technology on the other end:  Virtual reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed reality.  This is inspiring whole new generation of creatives.


Derek Cameron is the Employer Outreach and Partnership Manager for Northeastern University Cooperative Education and Career Development.  When he’s not attending conferences, connecting with employers or blogging, he’s still enjoying some vintage Atari and Pong.




Talking while Female: lessons learned from two years of technical podcasting

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This brought to you as part of coverage for the Grace Hopper Celebration, in Houston TX.

In October 2014, about the same time when Serial took the podcasting world by storm, Katie Malone, a Data Scientist with Civis Analytics, and Ben Jaffe, a UI Engineer with Facebook, launched their own show, Linear Digressions.   Tapping into Katie’s experience as a data scientist, they created a unique format that looked at the technical side of how data solves problems and delivered content in a way that could be understood by non-technical audiences.

It’s been a great hobby for her and a way to distill her thoughts and share content with a larger audience. Since then Katie discovered made some great discoveries about podcasting and shared these tips at the Grace Hopper Celebration.

“I think podcasting is a great medium, because it gives you the ability to talk about a broad array of topics, while also helping hone your communication skills. Ben and I would be talking about data science and machine learning and it came out in a very conversational fashion, so it translated well to podcasting.  We had developed a good rapport where I spoke about the technical elements and Ben played the part of the non-technical audience. It’s also great line on a resume.”

Their weekly program  takes about 5 hours to produce and post to iTunes.  To accomplish this she has broken the process into two major parts:


  • Audience – Who are my listeners and what delivery style do they expect?
  • Subject Matter – What topics do I want to cover? How will I continue to find material in the future?
  • Collaboration – Who are my collaborators? What part of the project is own their plate and what part is on mine?
  • Logistics – How will my podcast be distributed? How frequent are new episodes?



As they refined their practice and applied a more professional approach they saw their audience grow immensely.  “It took that first year to really understand what we were doing and even listening to my own voice in editing, I was able to improve how I communicate.  I say ‘like’ A LOT and heard myself ending sentences on an uptick so it sounded like I was always ending on a question. It’s helped me to really hear myself and focus on that.”

“For women thinking about hosting their own technical podcast, go for it.  Know your stuff,  own it and do it!”


If you’d like to hear Katie and Ben on Linear Digressions be sure to subscribe to them on iTunes and if you’d like to contact Katie directly you can follow her on Twitter @multiarmbandit or email .

Derek Cameron is the Employer Outreach and Partnership Manager for Northeastern University Cooperative Education and Career Development.  When he’s not blogging or connecting with employers he’s tuning into podcasts, being a dad, walking the dogs or grilling.