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.
For the last five months I have been working at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in Mae Sai, the northernmost city in Thailand. The NGO was established in 1989 to work on the prevention side of the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry or other exploitative child labor situations.
It’s not often than an undergraduate term paper turns into an internationally circulated policy document. But that’s exactly what happened to Tori Porell, a sophomore international affairs major at Northeastern University, who is wrapping up a six-month co-op at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland.
When David Royster arrived in Indonesia in February for his first international co-op, he felt well prepared to teach a course on global citizenship, civic engagement and cultural celebration at the Bali Global Boarding School. The international affairs and political science combined major had already spent time in Southeast Asia, and had worked with international students as an admissions counselor for Northeastern University’s Global Pathways program.
On Sunday night, thousands of Americans turned out in the streets of Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and other cities to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Third-year biology student Pritika Patel squeezed into a closet-sized makeshift emergency room at a public health clinic in Cape Town, South Africa, to help a woman give birth to twins.
Promoting religious tolerance among Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland has encouraged Northeastern University junior Tess McCarthy to consider a career in conflict resolution among Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.
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.
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.
As a marketing event with a leading airline company was coming to an end in Nice, France, Jason LaMotte’s work was just beginning. LaMotte, who was on co-op at the communications firm Open2Europe in Paris, had three short hours to transcribe the entire press conference from French to English so the agency could quickly generate coverage in other countries across Europe.