Northeastern University’s cooperative education (co-op) program, founded over a century ago, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their academic or career interests. Over 90% of Northeastern students participate in the co-op program and in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 the Princeton Review ranked Northeastern 1st for “Best Internship/Career Services”.

Co-op at Northeastern


Current Co-ops

Jeremia Whall

International Affairs & Political Science ’16

Jeremia joined the Kostas Institute in June 2015. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern University with a minor in History. He has focused on international relations, international security, and conflict resolution during his time at school. In addition to Northeastern University, Jeremia has studied at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece as well as at the Oxford Mantova University in Italy. Previous work experience includes the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action Strategies in Belgrade, Serbia and EF Foundation for Foreign Study in Cambridge, MA.

Katarina Boehm

Environmental Science & Political Science ’18

Katarina joined the Kostas Institute in July 2015. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Political Science at Northeastern University, and is planning to concentrate in Environmental Geology and Public Policy and Administration. Outside of her work at the Center, Katarina is a Resident Assistant at Northeastern University.


Previous Co-ops

Chris Grasso

International Affairs ’16

Chris joined the Kostas Institute in January 2015. He is pursuing a Bachelors degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University with a concentration in Middle East studies. Chris is also pursuing a minor in Political Science. Chris’s studies have focused on international security and conflict resolution. Chris will be studying in Florence, Italy in the fall of 2015. Prior to joining the Kostas Institute, Chris worked at a civil litigation firm in Massachusetts.

Merlinda Xharda

Economics & International Affairs ’16

Merlinda joined the Kostas Institute in January 2015. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and International Affairs with a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2013 she studied Comparative Politics and Culture at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. Merlinda also studied Social Entrepreneurship and acted as a business consultant to a small construction company during the summer of 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.   Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Merlinda worked for REIT Management & Research LLC.

Daria Capone

International Affairs ’15

Daria joined the Kostas Institute in July 2014. She is pursuing a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Political Science. In May 2014, Daria studied disarmament diplomacy, international negotiations, and humanitarian action at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Daria also had the opportunity to study global social entrepreneurship during a Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Bali, Indonesia in 2013. Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Daria worked for Reebok International, Ltd.

Teagan Judd

Global Studies ’14

Teagan joined the Kostas Institute in January 2014.  She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Global Studies with a concentration in conflict resolution and negotiation through the College of Professional Studies.  In 2011 she received her Bachelors degree from Northeastern in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security studies, with minors in History and Communications.  In the summer of 2008 she studied Disarmament Diplomacy and International Negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  Teagan also had the opportunity to study politics at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010.  Prior to working at the Kostas Institute she worked for the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights.

Marvin McMoore

Political Science/ International Affairs ’15

Marvin joined the Kostas Institute in January 2014. He is pursuing a degree in International Affairs and Political Science, with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2011 Marvin studied Diaspora and Urban Studies in Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Marvin worked as a Neighborhood Economic Resource Assessment Aide for the Department of Community Development at the City Hall of Long Beach, NY and as a Field Organizer for Ed Markey’s Senate Campaign.

Scott Battey

International Affairs ’15

Scott joined the Kostas Institute in January 2014. He is pursuing a degree in International Affairs with a focus in conflict and security studies. Scott had the opportunity to study ethnic conflict and resolution in Bosnia and Serbia during Summer 2013. Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Scott worked in the research and investigations division at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA.

Josh Sternberg

International Affairs ’15

Josh joined the Kostas Institute in June 2013. He is pursuing a degree in International Affairs concentrating on Middle East Studies, with minors in Political Science, Arabic, and History. Josh studied Arabic language immersion in Amman, Jordan during Summer 2012. Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Josh worked for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA.

Brianna Barbaro

International Affairs ’14

Brianna joined the Kostas Institute in June 2013. She is pursuing a degree in International Affairs, focusing on human security and international diplomacy, with minors in Political Science, French, and Writing. Brianna had the opportunity to study disarmament diplomacy at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland during the summer of 2012. Prior to her arrival at the Kostas Institute, Brianna worked for the International Institute of New England.

Jordan Lieberman

Political Science and Business Administration ’15

Jordan joined the Kostas Institute in January 2013. Jordan is pursuing a combined degree in Political Science and Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management. Prior to coming to the Kostas Institute, Jordan worked in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office as a Constituent Advocate. Jordan is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.

Katie Braggins

International Affairs ’16

Katie joined the Kostas Institute as a research assistant in January 2013.  She is pursuing a degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University with a focus on security and conflict studies.  Katie has also had the opportunity to study and pursue a minor in Social Entrepreneurship due to her Northeastern University Dialogue of Civilizations to Bali, Indonesia in Summer 2012.

Evan Cohen-Shikora

International Affairs ’14

Evan joined the Kostas Institute in September of 2012. Evan studies at Northeastern University’s undergraduate International Affairs program, with a focus on the Middle East. He is also pursuing a minor in Economics. As part of his participation in Northeastern University’s co-op program Evan lived for six months in Istanbul, Turkey, teaching English.

Michael Trudeau

Political Science ’13

Michael joined the Kostas Institute in July 2012. Before attending Northeastern University, Michael served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Columbus attack Submarine as a Sonar Technician from 2004 – 2009.  At Northeastern he studies Diplomacy, Economics, and Security Studies and also takes part in the International Relations Council (IRC).  Because of his involvement with the IRC he was invited to attend the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit where he met various Heads of State and other global thinkers.  Michael is also President of the Student Veterans Organization at Northeastern which aims to help veterans transition from military life to university life and assist with job searches after college.