North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and IBM are col­lab­o­rating to launch an inno­v­a­tive co-​​op pro­gram that will place stu­dents in exciting, pro­fes­sional busi­ness roles across the globe.

The pro­gram is starting as a pilot, with six stu­dents working in three IBM loca­tions in the Philip­pines, Argentina and Costa Rica. The group includes stu­dents pur­suing a variety of degrees, such as eco­nomics, busi­ness, inter­na­tional affairs, and com­puter sci­ence. They will be involved in project man­age­ment roles to help IBM teams respond to the company’s oper­a­tions and delivery needs.

The pro­gram was spear­headed by Peter Lynt, a 1983 grad­uate of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and IBM’s gen­eral man­ager of global busi­ness process delivery. The stu­dents will all work out of Lynt’s busi­ness group, and Lynt will serve as a resource to the stu­dents during his visits to the facilities.

As a North­eastern grad­uate, Lynt said he knows first-​​hand the value of the University’s sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram, adding that stu­dents who are immersed in an inter­na­tional cul­ture will have a leg up in a com­pet­i­tive job market that con­tinues to become more glob­ally focused.

Cul­tural diver­sity is becoming a major com­po­nent of the busi­ness world,” Lynt said. “How you deal with dif­ferent cul­tures and get dif­ferent tasks com­pleted is a very dif­ferent ele­ment of one’s edu­ca­tion now.”

Lynt sees the pro­gram as an oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents to gain inter­na­tional work expe­ri­ence at a glob­ally inte­grated com­pany, and for IBM to tap into Northeastern’s tal­ented stu­dent body as a source of poten­tial full-​​time employees.

Orga­nizers of the pro­gram hope the stu­dents return with rewarding expe­ri­ences, and that the pro­gram can expand to other coun­tries and roles within IBM. Expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, both in the United States and over­seas, are a core com­po­nent of a North­eastern education.

It’s a won­derful oppor­tu­nity,” said Frankie Gon­zalez, a senior inter­na­tional co-​​op advisor at North­eastern. “The expe­ri­ence that the stu­dents will gain from just being able to work under Peter in three dif­ferent loca­tions will pro­vide them with a better pic­ture of how IBM oper­ates globally.”

The new inter­na­tional co-​​op pro­gram builds on a strong part­ner­ship between North­eastern and IBM, which have worked together on sev­eral ini­tia­tives, including an inno­v­a­tive online MBA pro­gram for IBM employees in India and China.