A Northeastern student who came to Boston dreaming of a career with NASA discovered a new passion when a variety of work experiences with companies in the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates gave him an unexpected appreciation for developing efficient solutions and strategies for business and government.
For pre-med student Unice Karmue, his recent co-op with the Desmond Tutu Foundation in South Africa was a long way from his home country of Liberia, but the experience solidified his career goals to alleviate the global health inequalities in the world.
Karmue, who is also one of the University’s prestigious Torch Scholars, is particularly concerned with issued related to neglected diseases and the link between poverty. In the summer of 2010, Karmue participated in the South Africa Field Study Program offered by the Social Enterprise Institute, which taught him how to apply social entrepreneurship and business models to address global health issues, which are critical to human dignity and development.
Since an early age, Claire Fischer knew that she wanted to help save the world. In her junior high and high school years alone, she helped fundraise over $ 28,000 USD with her 30-hour famine approach for World Vision. Impressed by her fundraising achievements, Claire was chosen as a youth ambassador for World Vision and was sent to Zambia to see how the money she and her youth group was being used. It was during this trip to Zambia where she fell in love with Africa. Claire decided to graduate a semester early from high school and go back to Africa, this time volunteering with Projects Abroad. In February 2008, Claire landed in Ghana for what she thought would be three months and unprepared for what was truly going to be a life-changing experience.
On co-op with an engineering firm in Paris, Northeastern University student Chris Nasif was asked by his manager to write a 10,000-word dissertation on designing earthquake-resistant buildings, a topic with which he was unfamiliar.
“Why on earth would you go there?’’ That’s the question posed to most people who want to visit Cambodia, says Kristen Paonessa, a senior at Northeastern University majoring in international affairs and economics. Paonessa, who aims to pursue a career in international development, fulfilled an experiential learning requirement by interning in Phnom Penh for the Harpswell Foundation.
Volunteering in Kenya last year inspired Northeastern University student Michael Behan to launch Njabini Apparel, a nonprofit microenterprise that employs disadvantaged and disabled women in the rural farming town to design and then sell clothing and accessories.
When Julie Greengard found out she would be researching happiness on co-op with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland, she was overjoyed. Naturally.
I am a hardware engineer in the R&D department at BK Medical, working on a prototype for a new board that will be part of an ultrasound system. Working with both analog and digital circuitry is teaching me a lot about how the entire ultrasound system works
In the middle of December, Chris Turney found his perfect co-op.
“I was struggling to find something I was interested in, and stumbled upon a job posting about a bank in France, and I thought that was really cool,” said Turney, a third-year finance and entrepreneurship major with a minor in economics in Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. “It really got me thinking about going abroad for co-op.”
Northeastern University students on international co-ops may be scattered in dozens of countries around the globe, but that isn’t stopping them from celebrating Independence Day this weekend.