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.
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.”
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.