For Danielle McDo­nough, co-​​op meant expe­ri­encing dif­ferent cities and cul­tures as she dis­cov­ered where to take her career in archi­tec­ture and design. Josh Trautwein devel­oped a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that enabled urban youths to get involved in soccer, while Alison Coll started a sup­port group for patients with dia­betes in Nicaragua.

These seniors and many others offered glimpses into their unique co-​​op expe­ri­ences at Northeastern’s annual Coop­er­a­tive Edu­ca­tion Awards event on April 21.

Co-​​op is the cor­ner­stone of Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial learning model, taking stu­dents across the globe to gain real-​​world expe­ri­ence in their respec­tive fields of study. This year marks the 100th anniver­sary of coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion at North­eastern, and the 31st year of the university’s awards for excel­lence in co-​​op.

The recip­i­ents are nom­i­nated from Northeastern’s six under­grad­uate col­leges by co-​​op fac­ulty coor­di­na­tors. A com­mittee made up of one member from each col­lege makes the final selections.

The stu­dents at this year’s event were joined by North­eastern fac­ulty, staff and alumni, as well as by family and co-​​op employers. Three stu­dents were rec­og­nized with named awards and 12 earned Out­standing Co-​​op Edu­ca­tion Awards, and the win­ners shared their expe­ri­ences through video interviews.

Phys­ical therapy is a very hands-​​on pro­fes­sion,” said Maggie Gold­berg, who worked at a hos­pital and reha­bil­i­ta­tion center in Nepal. “While lec­ture and labs are really helpful, I don’t think you really under­stand what you’re working with until you have a patient.”

Finance major Jordan Hilliard, who worked on Wall Street and in Boston, said that co-​​op “taught me how to work under pres­sure, how to meet dead­lines, how to interact across other teams. I feel a lot more pre­pared to enter the real world.”

Also hon­ored was Dr. Roy L. Wooldridge, a former dean of coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion and a 1945 grad­uate of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, who was instru­mental in devel­oping the co-​​op pro­gram from 1949 until 1989.

Full List of Awards

Alison Coll, a health sci­ence major in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, won the Thomas E. McMahon Award, given to the stu­dent who clearly dis­plays out­standing integrity and char­acter com­bined with a high degree of devo­tion and com­mit­ment to serving the needs of others throughout his or her co-​​op experiences.

Josh Trautwein, a soci­ology major in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, won the Paul M. Pratt Award, con­ferred on the stu­dent who best demon­strates excep­tional per­sonal and pro­fes­sional growth as a result of his or her co-​​op experiences.

Robert Uvanović, an inter­na­tional affairs major in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, won the William Jef­ferson Alcott, Jr. Award, given to the stu­dent who best uti­lizes his or her aca­d­emic training in a cre­ative way to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to society; who demon­strates excep­tional achieve­ment in coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion; and who accom­plishes goals beyond the require­ments of the uni­ver­sity curriculum.

The fol­lowing seniors were rec­og­nized with Out­standing Co-​​Op Edu­ca­tion Awards: Laura Carey, Chan­ning Conger, Megan Ekberg, Kareem Gho­brial, Maggie Gold­berg, Jen­nifer Hardy, Jordan Hilliard, Kathryn Jerdee, Danielle McDo­nough, Jes­sica Nicholas, Christa Rocco, and Caitlyn Shabshelowitz.

Lisa Worsh in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences was hon­ored with the Out­standing Co-​​op Coor­di­nator Award, which was cre­ated to rec­og­nize excel­lence for a coordinator’s con­tri­bu­tion to the suc­cess and growth of the co-​​op program.