Beyond the Green Line: Seattle


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 written by guest author third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski. 

With rankings like #1 on Business Insider’s “Top U.S. Cities for Culture,” #3 on’s “Top 10 Cities for Milliennials” and  #7 on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Live,” you may think we’re talking about New York or L.A. Nope! Our focus this month is on Seattle, home of 8 Fortune 500 companies, including giants like Microsoft,, Starbucks and Nordstrom.

Seattle has been seeing consistent, steady job growth in many markets and is beaming with opportunities for the young urban professional. Forbes even named it the “#1 Best City for Jobs in 2015” based on metrics like job opportunities, starting salaries, median wages and commute times.

 Not only does Northeastern have a significant Alumni network in Seattle, we also have AN ENTIRE GRADUATE CAMPUS there as well which offers flexible, local industry-aligned programs. Seattle is quite a draw – in fact, we’ve had over 100 students co-op in Seattle this year alone!  Check out some of the adventures they’ve had:


Hiking to Hidden Lake Lookout in Washington: Rachel Anderson, Northeastern student on co-op at Seattle Corporate Search


Exploring at Shi Shi Beach in Washington:  Northeastern students Rachel Anderson, on co-op at Seattle Corporate Search (left), and Caleb Tenenbaum, on co-op at Amazon Fresh (right)


Northeastern co-op Teresa Tran and her supervisor Dave Liloia at Amazon Web Services

Dave Liloia of Amazon Web Services has managed 5 Northeastern co-ops including Teresa and shared, “Here at AWS, we’re constantly pushing the limits of what’s possible and experimenting with really interesting ideas. For example, we just started experimenting with IoT buttons to automate support requests from others in marketing, where else in the world do you get to do that?”

If amazing job opportunities and Northeastern alums aren’t enough to convince you? Here are a few more reasons…

Food and Drink:

  • You’ll never be at a loss for caffeine in Starbuck’s home city
  • Order a bowl of pho at one of the many local Vietnamese restaurants
  • Have a pint at one of Seattle’s the many microbreweries – Washington is the top hops producer in the country!
  • Taste a Seattle Dog, they’re topped with cream cheese and caramelized onions
  • Try a scoop of Balsamic Strawberry or Honey Lavender ice cream at the famous Molly Moon’s


  • Bumbershoot, one of the largest festivals in North America, held annually on Labor Day Weekend, features some of the biggest names in music -previous headliners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Weeknd
  • Seattle International Film Festival (mid May-Early June) brings the best international and independent filmseattle-museum-of-flights to Seattle each year
  • Some of the many great museums include the Museum of Flight, Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum
  • You can take your best friend almost anywhere is one of the country’s most dog-friendly cities


  • Check out Pike’s Place Market, often regarded as the best market in America (and home of the first Starbucks!)
  • Root for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners
  • Ride to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair
  • Take a ferry to Vashon Island to buy produce directly from family farms or go berry picking on nature preserves
  • Have a picnic or bonfire in Discovery Park, the city’s largest park (534 acres and 12 miles of walking trails!)

Worried about all that infamous Seattle rain? Don’t be – Boston, New York, and Houston are all among the 43 U.S cities that get more annual rainfall than Seattle. Still not convinced? Here’s 15 more reasons:

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

  • Software Development Engineer Full-time and Summer Intern; International Retail Financial Analyst
  • Starbucks Corporation Designer, Global Marketing Promotions
  • Payscale, Inc. Account Executive, Small Business; Account Development Representative
  • Russell Investments Consultant
  • Dropbox Software Engineer University Grad; Software Engineer Intern; Product Manager
  • Apple Software Engineer, Infrastructure Engineering
  • Pitchbook Data, Inc. Recruiting Coordinator; Customer Service Associate
  • The Boeing Company Business Intelligence Analyst; Data Scientist
  • Nordstrom Systems Engineer – Infrastructure; Software Development Engineer – (UI Fullstack)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Clinical Dietitian I
  • Zillow Graphics Engineer; Marketing Specialist, SEM; Software Engineer, Machine Learning
  • Synapse Product Development Mechanical Engineering Intern Winter/Spring
  • TUNE, Inc. Software Development Engineer; Account Manager (fluency in Mandarin required.)
  • Sucker Punch Productions Character Tech-Artist/Rigger; Character Artist

                   Coming up Next Week: Beyond the Green Line – Washington, D.C.

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 D.C. 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 traveling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at

Beyond the Green Line Series: A Taste of Chicago


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?

chicago_architecture_river_cruise_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.chicago-green-river
  • 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.chicago-field-museum






  • 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 chicago-cubscycling 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 


Twitter! Your Networking Secret Weapon


The pinnacle of my college networking experiences came in the form of tea in New York City with a writer from my favorite magazine. I slipped away from my final semester for a week to network while I could still use the whole “college student figuring out what I want to do with my life” excuse to ask for people’s time. What my career counselor found to be most miraculous about this particular informational interview was not that I was fortunate enough to have it, it was how. In retrospect, my request was quite long-winded and ridiculous. Journalists, I have found, are a laid-back, friendly bunch, though I was too intimidated at the time and could only muster formalities. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

My first ever tweet had something to do with the frozen vegetable medley I made with dinner, complete with a hashtag I can’t remember. While that account no longer exists, I filled it with 140-character bursts of millennial genius while latching onto every word Bret Easton Ellis and Nikki Sixx tweeted, and used it to catch up with my internet friends. Everybody starts somewhere. When I got my own radio show on WRBB, I created a Twitter account to promote it and the local musicians I spun and interviewed on-air. Twitter continued to prove a worthwhile tool during an internship with ‘stache media/RED Distribution when I began using the same account to post content about larger/more well-known music artists, which were subsequently shared by said artists, venues, and record labels. Tweeting mostly about music, I began having some semblance of clout. And then one Friday, I tweeted #FF (for #FollowFriday, where the goal is to call attention to accounts worth paying attention to) and listed every writer I could find from my favorite magazine. Most of them ignored it, two of them favorited it, and one followed me back. After we started engaging with each other’s posts, I felt comfortable enough to ask him for his email address and sent a request to meet up for an informational interview the next time I was in New York. This was a few years ago, and his family and I keep in touch.

I share this now with the intent to provide basic guidelines for how one can create one’s own experiences and foster meaningful connections (that can turn into friendships) through Twitter. Social networks, after all, are called “networks” for a reason.

Understanding Twitter’s True Value

My favorite thing about Twitter is how accessible people are — the writers, the celebrities, the executives, the Forbes 30 Under 30. On LinkedIn, you need to be a certain degree to a person in order to message him/her, but with Twitter, you can reach out to anyone. Not only does Twitter provide an opportunity to engage with people on a more personal level, it allows you to keep up with industry trends and happenings in real time.

building-up-strong-connections-on-twitterFinding Ideal Contacts

Interested in working at a specific company?
Follow everyone you can who lists employment at your dream company in their bio. Engage with them about the professional content they post (taking interest in the personal life of someone you’ve never interacted with is creepy). As with anything, being overzealous isn’t appealing — liking or retweeting every tweet your ideal connection posts isn’t going to make a good impression. Instead, share a link to an article or video this person posted and include his/her handle at the end with “via @username.” If he/she wrote an article, tweet the link, tag the person, and write about the value it gave you.

Trying to break into a specific field? Find out who the influencers are by following industry publications and those who write for them. The more time you spend reading up on an industry, the more informed you are of real world applications, trends, and executives. When you engage with potential contacts, you’ll come across as someone who pays attention.

Establishing Your Voice & Rules of Engagement (Don’t be a sycophant)

  • Notice what your potential contacts tweet and how they do it. Of course, don’t curse or get political (even if they do), but, given your field, emojis can be acceptable here.
  • Be a human, not a robot. People like authenticity, not those who are all business, so don’t be afraid to intersperse personal tidbits in your posts. Big sports fan? Tweet about the game. Went to a concert one night? Share a photo.
  • When sharing content about your field, tag all those involved and always give credit when and where it’s due.
  • If you’re not knowledgeable about something, be resourceful and do some research. If you don’t know where to start, tweet to an influencer: “Not too familiar with this but would love to learn. Who are your favorite writers on the subject? What websites do you recommend I look at?” If you show an interest in learning, people are apt to respond in your favor.
  • Do NOT “troll” people, start arguments, rant about a bad day you’re having, or subtweet (passive-aggressive hints at a problem or frustration without directly mentioning the issue).

Twitter can be a great networking tool if you take advantage of the platform and create opportunities for yourself. Who knows who you’ll click with and where it could lead? Remember, you can’t control whether people respond to you, but you can control your approach.

A graduate of Northeastern with a degree in English, Ashley previously was the News Director and a DJ for WRBB 104.9 FM, the university’s student-run radio station. When she’s not working at Apple, she writes for music blogs and builds her marketing portfolio. Informational interviews, cooking and rock & roll are some of her favorite things. Tell her what you’re listening to via Twitter @amjcbs or connect with her on LinkedIn (