Read my story

“Through my co-ops, I met incredible people working in the human rights field and gained valuable insights to make my nonprofit organization more sustainable and effective,” says Sarah Gogel ’13.

Sarah is founder of Global Potential, a nonprofit social enterprise that each year trains 500 youth from low-income urban and rural communities around the world in media advocacy, social entrepreneurship, global awareness, community development and service learning. Through the School of Law’s dual degree program with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, she earned both her JD and a master’s in Sustainable International Development.

Sarah’s co-op employers — including the International Federation for Human Rights in Paris, France and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC, and Calais, France — enabled her to fight for social justice on a global scale. Northeastern also allowed her to focus one co-op on Global Potential. “No other school would have allowed me to fulfill my goals so completely,” says Sarah.   

Co-op 1

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Paris, France

Working in close collaboration with human rights federations worldwide, Sarah carried out research to provide justice to victims of an illegal toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast, including analyzing interviews with victims and their lawyers and helping to verify the facts of the case

Research Assistant

Under the direction of Professor Sonia Elise Rolland, Sarah worked on research related to international trade development.

Co-op 2

Global Potential, , US, France, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua

Working under the supervision of a Northeastern alumnus, Sarah looked closely at Global Potential from a legal perspective, edited its bylaws and designed its tax structure.                 

Co-op 3

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, DC

Combining her legal knowledge with the in-depth understanding of international development she gained at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Sarah helped monitor gender and human rights issues in 27 Caribbean countries.

Academic Exchange

Sciences Po Law School, Paris France

Electives

  • Negotiation
  • International Law
  • International Legal Research
  • Planning and Implementation (Heller School for Social Policy and Management)
  • Conflict of Laws and Cross-Border Litigation (Sciences Po)

Co-op 4

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Calais, France

Sarah carried out direct legal advocacy and strategies to protect Sudanese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Afghan, Chadian, Somali, Moroccan and Nigerian refugees in France

After graduation

Managing Director, Global Potential

Result

A defender of human rights armed with deep experience in international law.