In April, Corey Allard became the first Northeastern University undergraduate to work on co-op in Antarctica. Now back on campus, he is reflecting on his tremendous opportunity to conduct significant climate-change research in an environment unlike anywhere on Earth.
Michael Waite’s co-op work in Germany — engaging in political outreach and helping to run a small business — gave him some pretty full days. Considering Waite also played for a German handball team and bonded with his foreign teammates, the senior sociology major came away with a profound international experience.
While on a research co-op in London, senior Brendon Kellner investigated the inner workings of certain proteins through state-of-the-art ultrafast lasers. These lasers generate light pulses for only a tiny fraction of a second, but the impact of his experiential learning opportunity will last far longer.
Shadowing doctors, dressing wounds and administering antibiotics on co-op at a public health clinic in Cusco, Peru, inspired Northeastern University student Shane Smith to consider a new challenge: medical school.
Northeastern University senior Kyle Jonasen dreams of designing custom-built homes and showrooms.
His co-op job with Zero Lab Office, an architectural studio and design lab in Shanghai, China, helped prepared him for this future and inspired his career outlook: After he graduates in May, Jonasen plans to earn a master’s degree in architecture from Northeastern, find a job at an architecture firm in China or Korea, and then start a small studio with a team of young colleagues.
While on co-op in India last year, Northeastern University third-year student Rushika Shekhar spent her days engaging young women at risk for HIV/AIDS through team sports and healthy-living sessions. Along with providing empowering messages to these girls, she learned a few lessons of her own.
For senior Jessica Kong, a co-op in Germany last year meant discovering a passion for consulting and getting a first-hand perspective on how international business operates.
Fifteen years ago, second-grader Megan Kassick threw on a long white lab coat, slung a stethoscope over her shoulder and proclaimed her goal of becoming a physician
For his first international co-op, lifelong New England resident Chris Turney embarked on a journey to work for IBM in Bangalore, India. Though it may have been out of his comfort zone, the business major met the opportunity with passion and curiosity.
Last year, Northeastern student Sherry Lee routinely walked past the Langham Hotel on Franklin Street on her way to her co-op with a public relations firm in Boston. One day, her curiosity and passion for travel led her to inquire about an internship for the fall.