Beyond the Green Line: San Francisco

BEYOND THE GREEN LINE Beyond the Green Line is a blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works’.  Each post highlights a major city and gives you an inside look at the local food, culture, music scene, the industries that are thriving there, and some current job openings in the area. 

BGL-seatleskyDID YOU KNOW that several big cities across the country recently saw a huge uptick in their numbers of young college-educated professionals? Did you know that San Francisco was number 1 on Forbes list of America’s 20 Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2016?  Also, there are over 30 Fortune 500 companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. You may have heard of some of them: Apple; Facebook; Netflix; and Cisco to name a few.  Some other big employers in the area? FitBit, Uber, Airbnb, Workday, Zenefits and Google to name a few.  

It’s exciting to see also that the labor market is doing well — in the last year, there were 41,000 new jobs created in San Fran and San Mateo counties.  And in case you didn’t know, Northeastern students aren’t new to the Bay Area.  Since 2015 alone, over 320 students have had co-ops there.  As a university, we’ve got a footprint in the area, having recently opened a Silicon Valley hub which offers graduate classes and potential for experiential education opportunities in collaboration with San Jose company, IDT.  All this, AND there’s a Northern California alumni community for your networking convenience.

Northeastern Alum Greg Skloot, VP of Growth at Netpulse in San Fran, conveyed his love for the area, saying:

“San Francisco is an incredible place to come after graduation. It is the epicenter of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. From small startups to the most successful tech companies in the world like Google, there is something here for everyone.”

Why else do students go there? See for yourself…

Food and Drink

  • Dishes created in San Fran — The Joe’s Special from Original Joe’s; Hangtown Fry
  • Additional Local food delights: Dungeness Crab; Sourdough bread; food from Chinatown
  • Want some history? Anchor Brewing Company prides itself on being America’s first and oldest craft brewery.


  • Eclectic mix of architecture and beautiful landmarks including Golden Gate Bridge; Fisherman’s Wharf; San Francisco Chinatown — the largest Chinatown outside of Asia
  • San Francisco International Film Festival — one of the longest running film festivals in the Americas — 2wks; 200 films from 50 countries; 70,000 attendees
  • SF Sketchfest — where you’ll see performers from SNL, the Simpsons, Arrested Development, etc.
  • San Francisco Opera Company is 180 years old and the second largest opera company in the country

View at Bernal HillActivities

  • Avid sports fan? Take your pick: San Francisco 49’ers or Giants; Oakland A’s or Raiders; and San Jose Sharks
  • Feeling outdoorsy? The weather makes it easy to be outside and be active — surf at Ocean Beach; kayak to Angel Island for some great trails; and/or try hang-gliding at Fort Funston
  • Dogs — always wanted one? San Fran LOVES them and people are out and about with their pups at all hours of the day
  • Bay to Breakers — a 12k race that engages and entertains locals – costumes are encouraged for runners!

Pier 39

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!

Airbnb – Data Visualization Specialist; SWE, Android

Cisco Systems – Hardware Engineer; Project Specialist; Big Data Engineer; Business Analyst

Facebook – Content Writer, Community Operations; Search Ranking Specialist

Fitbit – Firmware Engineer; SWE – Android; SWE – iOS

Google – Cloud Program Manager; Programmatic Media Planning & Sourcing Mgr

Uber – Global Data Analyst; GIS Specialist; App Security

Salesforce – Marketing Strategy Analyst; Software Engineer, Release Tools

Twitch – Corporate Recruiter; Creative Associate, Content Evaluation; Systems Engineer;

NetPulse – Associate Mobile App Producer; Mobile Production Designer; Account Manager


NUcareers job portal

Co-op Connections – info on housing, transportation, Northeastern networking events in SF

Alumni Relations Northern California Community


Coming up Next Week– Beyond the Green Line – New York City

We want your feedback!

Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or particular cities you’d like us to profile.  Also, we’ll let you know in each post the next city we’ll be profiling, so you can email us photos of you in that area to potentially be included in the post! Send over your NYC photos now!


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.

Photos submitted courtesy of Nicole Darrough, San Francisco Co-op Connector and 4th Year marketing student currently on co-op at Netpulse.

Nicole is a student co-oping at Netpulse. She loves traveling, photography, fitness, and anything outdoors. More importantly, She has danced with Ellen Degeneres (forever in my bio). Although she is from San Diego, this is her first time being in San Francisco, and is super excited to explore it!



BTGL SF Sources:

San Francisco Employment Development Dept. Labor Mkt Info Division

New Blog Series Announcement: Beyond the Green Line

BGL-seatleskyDid you know that several big cities across the country recently saw a huge uptick in their numbers of young college-educated professionals? Did you know that San Francisco was number 1 on Forbes list of America’s 20 Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2016?

Stay tuned on Tuesday for the debut of Beyond the Green Line (BTGL), a new blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works’.  In it, we’ll highlight a particular metropolitan region outside Boston and give you an inside look at the local food and music scene, fun things to do, and the industries that are thriving in the area.  We’ll also throw in some current job postings for you to consider. And Tuesday, we’re looking at the San Francisco Bay Area.

We’ll be needing your help too. After each Beyond the Green Line post, we’ll let you know what area we’ll be highlighting next so you can send us your photos of that area whether you’ve co-op’ed there or are from there originally. If you’re lucky, we’ll include your picture in the post! And of course, let us know if there are particular metropolitan areas you want to know more about – we’ll add them to our list for future posts!

How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer


With summer classes mid-way through and spring co-ops left with about a month, college students’ minds are inevitably shifted to a long-overdue summer vacation. After a semester long of hard work, we all deserve a nice break, where we enjoy the warmth of sunshine and good company with friends — after all, post-graduation this will all be a luxury for young working professionals. But while it is important to have fun and wind down, college students should also be taking advantage of a summer when they have fewer obligations with schoolwork to make the most out of it.

Here are a few possibilities you can try to keep yourself busy this summer:

  1. Find a Summer Internship/Job

It’s a no-brainer that summer internships ensure career success after graduation. After all, isn’t what Northeastern’s co-op program is for, to make sure that Huskies graduate with ample work experience to get ahead in the game? Regardless of your co-op experience, an extra summer will give your future employers an impression that you are driven, ambitious and willing to learn. Plus, who wouldn’t want extra cash even if it is part-time? Or even if it is just a summer job, be it in a coffee shop, restaurant or a country club, the skills and experience that you will learn to be crucial to building your character and financial success.

  1. Travel

When scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed or Instagram pictures, it is not unusual to see pictures of friends traveling for fun, studying abroad, and doing a dialogue. After all, “life is a book and those who don’t travel, read only one page.” Moreover, travel is crucial for us to understand and make sense of the world around us. The experience, history, culture and the people we encounter will help us discover ourselves and appreciate people different from us. If you are really serious about it, many travel agencies and companies with great deals, such as EF College Break, TravelZoo, and Expedia might be good sources to check out. Moreover, with the vast amount of Northeastern alumni and friends across the globe, it is easy to get connected or even crash at their places so you can save money here and there.

  1. Learn a new skill

Have you ever get passed over for a co-op because you didn’t know Adobe Photoshop or excel? While soft skills such as communication and writing are important in the workplace, hard skills are equally important in helping your application stand out. Consider spending this summer taking classes on acquiring or polishing a new skill (or even mastering a foreign language). From publishing, coding, building a website, to learning Adobe Photoshop, endless online courses and tutorials are at your fingertips. All you need is just a willingness to learn!

And of course, don’t forget to relax and wind down, because you deserve it! Just remember: Work Hard, Play Hard.

Scarlett Ho is a third year International Affairs and Political Science major with a minor in Law and Public Policy. During fall 2014, she studied abroad in Belgium where she interned at the European Parliament. The summer prior to that, she interned for Senator Warren on Capitol Hill, and previously Congressman Lynch in Massachusetts. She can be reached at