Northeastern’s Special Sauce in Southeast Asia!

The Global Employer Relations Team (which is a unit within the Co-op and Career Development department) recently trekked to Thailand and Vietnam to meet with prospective employers to recruit and create job opportunities for all students so they are able to participate in Global Co-op experiences. The trip was a great success!  The employers our team visited were well aware and familiar with Northeastern, which shows that we truly are a global institution! Job opportunities were developed and more are being nurtured.  Building these opportunities for Northeastern students take a lot of time to cultivate, sometimes it can be up to two years before an employer is fully engaged and ready to come on board as a co-op employer.


So, now that you have a little insider information to how much effort and time goes into developing co-op relationships, I would like to share my exciting travels to Southeast Asia and what I experienced!  Here are a few highlights!


Wow!  What an amazing city.  This is a robust location with great visibility for Northeastern and new co-op opportunities (you can check out jobs in NUcareers.)  Pictured above is my visit to a start-up company in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we have a co-op student from D’Amore-McKim starting his job in January 2017.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I met with the President of Cotecco Construction, who happens to be an NU parent too! Cotecco is the largest construction company in the region. With a growing economy and ambitious workforce, Vietnam is a very desirable destination and has been for a couple years now.  Northeastern is well represented at Cotecco and here we are with the NU parent, NU alumnus, and current D’Amore-McKim co-op student.

Top Ten Reasons to Consider a Co-op in Southeast Asia:

  1. Incredible co-op and home country opportunities AND no language requirements (English speaking country)
  2. Many employers provide a small stipend and offer free lunch (with a chef on staff too)
  3. The dollar goes a long way – which is great for living expenses and traveling opportunities
  4. Robust Northeastern Alumni Communities in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
  5. Multinationals are there (leverage your US co-op with offices here such as  Reebok Vietnam or Wunderman Thailand to name a few examples)
  6. Amazing cultural experience
  7. Build your resume and boost your LinkedIn profile
  8. Pad Thai and Spring Rolls (and special sauce)
  9. Innovative spirit
  10. The People! The People!

Final Thoughts
It is our brilliant student population (you!) and diversity across our institution that is the main driver of why prospective employers quickly become engaged in the co-op program.  The co-op program is our special sauce, allowing employers to attract top talent early in the recruiting pipeline process.  For this reason, we have selected ten partners to participate in the February 2017 Career Fair, as part of a new Global Corner.  So mark your calendar for February 2, 12Pm to 4PM!  Be sure to introduce yourself to these employers and add Southeast Asia to your co-op bucket list!

Alane De Luca oversees the Global Employer Relations team and global lead-generation initiatives within Career Development and Cooperative Education.  She comes to Northeastern with 25+ years of experience working in the international education arena.  Alane’s passion for global experiential learning began when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where she worked alongside NGO’s and native Senegalese in rural parts of northern Senegal.  Upon returning to the states, she assumed a position funded by the United States Agency for International Development focusing on initiatives set forth by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and administered at Northeastern.  She also has experience directing global and experiential learning programs within academia at Merrimack College, Salem State University, Suffolk University Law School, and Saint Anselm College.  She is a dual citizen of Italy, holds an M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross.


5 Steps to Creating a Self-Developed Co-op!


Self-developing your own co-op might be more time consuming than the more common co-ops offered through Northeastern. You need to do a significant amount of research and reach out to companies. This experience, however, will be very rewarding, as it will be based on your academic and professional interests and goals. I have always been very passionate about working with children and in the field of social services, and therefore developed my own co-op, working as a Legal Guardian in Germany in Spring 2016. Here are the steps I took. I recommend keeping the following in mind when finding and developing your next co-op!

1. Inform your Co-op Coordinator about your interest in pursuing a self-developed co-op:

When thinking about your internship/co-op, you need to meet with your co-op advisor and discuss all the possibilities Northeastern already has to offer. Some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Areas of interest and passion
  • Location (in-state, out-of-state, or global)
  • Workplace environment
  • Finances (budget)

2. Start contacting potential companies and employers:

It is important to start contacting companies you are interested in as soon as possible. Since you have to do a lot of work yourself, you need to be very organized and plan your deadlines appropriately. There are some companies that are not  familiar with the co-op program that Northeastern has and the requirements for both the student and the employer. Here are the criteria the employer needs to be aware of when hiring and working with a co-op student:

  • co-op duration is typically 6 months in length
  • co-ops are typically paid a wage (determined by the employer)
  • The student is expected to work at least 35 hours per week
  • self-developed co-ops need to be approved and vetted through the co-op advisor to ensure the co-op is meeting Northeastern standards

3. Interviews:

Like with any other internship/co-op opportunity, you will most likely be asked to have an interview with the employer. This can be in the form of an in-person meeting, via Skype, by phone or email. It is very important to prepare for this in advance and to become familiar with the company you are interviewing for.

4. Confirm your position with your co-op coordinator and employer:

Students must confirm their co-op positions with their co-op  coordinator to ensure the co-op is suitable for them and their program (major/concentration, etc.)


5.  Now, you are ready to start your exciting self-developed co-op!





Christina Zupanc is a 3rd year English major with a minor in International Affairs. She spent her first co-op in Germany working as a legal guardian. She enjoys traveling, reading and cooking. Email:




Beyond the Green Line: Charlotte, NC


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.

This post authored by third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski.


Charlotte, NC is often thought of as the ‘city of bankers’ – hosting the headquarters of Bank of America as well as many major Wells Fargo offices, it is the second largest banking center in the country, trailing only NYC. But that’s not all it is. Charlotte also boasts large healthcare, insurance and energy industries. There are 14 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Carolina, with 8 in the Charlotte area including Duke Energy, Mctron Technologies, Nucor and Clariant Corp.

According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte has added over 30 jobs per day over the last decade. Not only can you find a job in Charlotte, but you can find an engaging career – Forbes ranked Charlotte #1 on its list of “10 Cities with the Best Employee Engagement.” Also, your hard earned money will go further in Charlotte – the cost of living is 1.3% below the national average, which is a welcome change from Boston’s rates.

Several Northeastern students have co-oped in Charlotte including industrial engineering grad student Sahil Shah who’s currently working at Siemens Energy. Sahil shared that,

“Charlotte has definitely been a great experience in terms of my co-op as well as the city experience. It is a bit laid back compared to the ever-vibrant atmosphere in Boston, but very peaceful…and the temperatures here are also very pleasant compared to Boston’s terrible winter.”

And if you’re worried about blazing a trail to Charlotte, Northeastern has a big presence there already with a Regional Campus in Charlotte that just celebrated it’s 5th anniversary. The campus offers graduate programs to serve the region’s unique industry needs in areas such as health informatics, project management, leadership, education, and business. Additionally, there is an alumni community in Charlotte which would welcome you with open arms.

So, why else should you consider Charlotte? Just a few more reasons…

Food and Drink:

  • Enjoy some famous Carolina BBQ and fried cornbread


    One of Mert’s Heart and Soul’s amazing dishes

  • Eat some Southern comfort food – Mert’s Heart and Soul is a local institution
  • Sample all the best fried pickles in Charlotte (this could take a while)
  • Explore the Charlotte craft beer scene at one of the many breweries and cideries


  • See art from around the globe at the Mint museum
  • Check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame


    NASCAR Hall of Fame

  • Explore greek culture at Yiasou! Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the city
  • Enjoy free jazz concerts in the summer at Freedom Park
  • Stroll along the Charlotte Liberty Walk and see 15 historical sites


  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens


    Crowder’s Mountain summit views

  • Hike Crowders Mountain – it’s a challenging hike, but the views from the Pinnacle are worth it
  • Visit the Common Market
  • Root for the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets
  • Go rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center


Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers today to apply!

  • The Allstate Corporation Infrastructure Engineer; Service Engineer
  • Aetna Manager, Medical Underwriting
  • American International Group (AIG) IT Project Manager, Corporate Systems
  • Red Ventures Software Engineer, Data Science;  Staff Accountant; Sr.Digital Marketing Analyst
  • Impact Financial Systems Business Analyst/Engagement Manager; Support Engineer
  • Pfizer Professional Healthcare Representative
  • Twenty-First Century Fox News Producer; Highlights Coordinator, On-Air Promotions
  • Tresata Data Engineer
  • Capital Bank Treasury Management Officer; Senior Commercial Loan Officer
  • Avidxchange Staff Accountant – Treasury
  • PassportParking Software Engineer; iOS Developer
  • Sonic Automotive Business Systems Analyst; Monitoring Engineer; Inventory Consultant
  • Command Partners PPC Manager; Website Developer

Coming up in early 2017: Beyond the Green Line – Denver, CO!

We want your feedback! Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or a particular city you’d like us to profile.  If you’d like to have your photos considered for the next post, send over your Denver photos now!

This post was authored by Molly Osmulski, a third year Northeastern student. Molly is working toward a degree in Marketing with a minor in International Affairs. She works part time at the Northeastern Career Development office and has previously completed a co-op at Travel + Leisure Magazine in NYC and has studied abroad at the London School of Economics. When she is not studying or searching for her next co-op, she loves travelling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at