Beyond the Green Line: San Francisco

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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

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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!

What is Work?

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This post was guest authored by Shelbe Van Winkle.

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I’ve been sitting at my computer for hours, writing, erasing, and rewriting, trying to figure out how to best write this piece. My feet are bouncing to the Zambian music coming through my headphones, and my roommates/coworkers are laughing at my stationary dance moves. We’ve been brainstorming for days, trying to understand how to put everything we’ve seen, done, and learned into words. How can I possibly put everything that I’ve experienced on paper? Our experiences in Zambia don’t easily translate. We’ve gone back and forth on ideas about fundraising, mentoring, and supplemental academic help. Our discussions are constantly interrupted by kids knocking on the door, some young, asking to play, some older, asking for help in math, and some just coming to say hi. I’m wearing my favorite worn t-shirt, with a comfy pair of sweatpants, lounging in our indoor hammock with my computer in my lap. A song written by one of the students we’ve been working with starts to play from my iTunes. The music is upbeat and fun, calling for a spontaneous dance party. We’ve been “working” all day, but in my mind I haven’t worked a single minute.

I’ve known that I’ve had a passion for working in education since the summer after my senior year of high school, when I interned at a non-profit organization in Nicaragua. There, I observed a seven-year-old girl named Wendy struggle to play the card game “go fish,” because she couldn’t recognize the letters or numbers on the cards. I helped her the rest of my time in Nicaragua to learn the alphabet, spell her name, and ultimately kick butt at “go fish.” Little did Wendy know, she would shape my college career and help me discover what I want to do with my future. Education is something I’ve always had. Graduating high school with honors and going to university was assumed, rather than questioned or worried about. Wendy opened my eyes to a world where education isn’t always easily accessible. She helped me realize that there are kids just like me, and younger, that have to beg, work, and fight to go to school.

On a recent Dialogue of Civilizations, a Northeastern University field study program, I found myself in Zambia for the first time, learning about non-profits and NGOs that are helping facilitate access to the human right of education. Flash forward to current time, and I’m sitting in my hammock in Zambia, working for modzi, a non-profit started by a recent Northeastern grad that helps vulnerable youth in Zambia gain access to a quality education. We work everyday – morning, night, weekday, weekend, it doesn’t matter – but none of it feels like a job. They say “get a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Working at modzi has allowed me to understand the true meaning of this saying.

The job is just one part of a bigger picture; actions, events, and people are all major contributors to my love for this work. Everyday has been a learning experience for me, introducing new concepts that I hadn’t faced before. I’ve seen kids wake up at five o’clock in the morning to start the six kilometer trek to school, I’ve felt heartbreak when watching kids who just want to go to school struggle against corruption, and I’ve heard the purest form of laughter in the wee hours of the morning as our young neighbors play outside. I’ve read statistics and facts about different parts of the world, but experiencing them is much more humanizing. Each unique experience here has added to my love for the work even more. There is a reason I have chosen to be in this field, and everyday it becomes more clear.

Wendy and Nicaragua helped me realize what I want to do and whom I want to work with. But since then, I’ve been able to hone in on why I like working with kids. They carry a unique sense of innocence with them, and truly just want to be happy. Even the children who have experienced hardship and trauma are still looking for something to smile about. I’ve watched kids here in Zambia gather all their peers around, just to make them laugh, and met others who can’t wipe a smile off their face for more than two seconds. While their smiles and laughter draw me in, what impresses me the most is their dedication to friendship and family. Many youth in Zambia have lost loved ones, been orphaned by diseases, or for some other reason forced to fend for themselves. As a result, they have created their own family with their peers and mentors. In an impoverished area where one could easily only look out for himself, I’ve seen ties of brotherhood hold young boys together and help them succeed. These tough situations can make my work challenging – but laughing alongside these kids makes it all worthwhile.

I’ve come to learn that work doesn’t have to be laborious. It doesn’t have to be dull. It doesn’t have to be isolating. I’ve come to learn that work should be something you want to do. Work should be experience, learning, growth, and compassion for the relationships you create. modzi has taught me that a job holds much more than just work, and that it also contains real people, real stories, and powerful experiences. So as I sit here in my hammock, listening to Zambian music, exchanging words and laughter with the kids who come to visit, I am doing my job. A job that I love… and can’t ever see being “work.”

Shelbe Van Winkle is the Project and Partnership Co-op with modzi. Check out the modzi website to learn more about the modzi movement!  Also be sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter (@wearemodzi), and Facebook!