Are you considering Germany as a destination for your global co-op experience?
This country located in the heart of Europe is an economic powerhouse, hosts some of the highest ranking universities and competitive employers in the areas of research, banking, architecture and every else you might imagine. A great location with access to many major European cities within a few hours.
I traveled to Berlin and Munich in April to develop co-ops with universities and employers. Northeastern has already active partnerships with Humboldt and Freie Universities and the plan was to expand and include Technical University of Berlin, Ludwig Maximillian University and Technical University of Munich. Amazing opportunities for research in many disciplines for the Colleges of Engineering (COE), College of Science and College of Computer Science (CCIS) and Information Technology. Already two NU students are on their way to Munich to conduct their exciting research opportunities at LMU.
Additionally, Germany and Berlin especially is a hub for architects and game design professionals. Names such as Behzadi, Topotek 1, Peters und Wormuth are among the well-known architecture firms already hosting Northeastern students. My short visits to these companies were both profitable and enjoyable. Our students, all from the College of Arts, Media and Design were fully immersed into the highly competitive and diverse teams. The best part is that they socialize after work which makes life so much more interesting in a city such as Berlin and proves that the Husky network is always strong abroad.
The laboratory at SOPAT
Germany is also a popular country for COE students with a growing number of engineering firms offering co-ops. I visited SOPAT, a company specializing in the analysis of particulate systems. They develop and market an innovative measurement technology for real-time analysis of multi-phase systems. Their technique is optimizing chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological processes. Our contact has two ongoing positions for COE students and just created a new one for CCIS.
Wooga, is a true a playground for professionals. My first and best game design company. Mackenzie Denker, CCIS student, and my gracious host showed me the magnificent open space offices, employee dining area (they get cooked meals every day), employee nap spaces (yes, you read it right), conference rooms and waiting areas. The game theme was everywhere and at the reception, a visitor can get freebies. I ended up with an Agent Alice t-shirt and stickers. An excellent employer for CCIS students interested in game design and also CAMD for graphic design and art/animation interns and UI/UX.
The real no Disney version– fairy tale castles. When you find yourself in Germany or any other country close by, you should definitely visit the castles in Munich, Bavaria. The Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria are simply amazing. During your visit, you can enjoy extraordinary Bavarian food, picturesque villages along the way and the grandeur of the Alps.
Business Co-ops with a flavor – did I mention the desserts?
Make sure you enjoy cheesecake and tiramisu while in Germany. One of my employer visits included the best cream cheese and cappuccino from a small local coffee shop by the name of Café 93. Julius Chichon, a D’ Amore – McKim graduate invited me over to talk about co-ops at his start-up company.
This blog was submitted by Aspa Papanastasiou. Aspa brings over 15 years of job development and program management to the Global Employer Relations Team. Talented in recruitment and placement of diverse candidates she enjoys creating partnerships in higher education, business, and non-profit industries. Aspa strives to maximize her global connections to develop new and exciting co-op opportunities for students of all Northeastern Colleges. When she is not on Skype with an employer or university in some distant part of the world she enjoys biking and sailing at the Charles River. She can be reached at email@example.com