Student Profiles

Design dreams come true in Shanghai

Kyle Jonasen worked at Zero Lab Office, an architectural studio in Shanghai, China. Photo Mary Knox Merrill

Northeastern University senior Kyle Jonasen dreams of designing custom-built homes and showrooms.

After Peru, it’s can-do


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.

Conquering any challenge


For Northeastern University communication studies major Kristina McKinney, learning to speak Spanish meant total cultural immersion. She began her crash course with a three-month international co-op at an orphanage in Córdoba, Argentina, followed by another three-month stint translating for medical students at a hospital in Cusco, Peru.

“There were no English speakers in all of Córdoba,” says McKinney of her first co-op, where she lived with a host family. “I had no choice but to learn Spanish.”

Handball adds local flavor to co-op in Germany

Michael Waite

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.