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 and 2011 the Princeton Review ranked Northeastern 1st for “Best Internship/Career Services”.
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Josh SternbergInternational 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 BarbaroInternational 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 LiebermanPolitical 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 BragginsInternational 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-ShikoraInternational 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 TrudeauPolitical Science ’13
Michael has been with the Kostas Institute since 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.
Connor GoddardInternational Affairs ’14
Connor has been a research assistant with the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security since January 2012. As an undergraduate student studying International Affairs at Northeastern his focus is on Middle East diplomacy and U.S. national security policy. He participated in the Northeastern University Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Egypt in 2010 and will be studying abroad at the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy in the fall of 2012.