North­eastern stu­dent Sam Lands­berg said his co-​​op with the global invest­ment banking, secu­ri­ties and invest­ment man­age­ment firm Goldman Sachs Inter­na­tional in London, “was one of the most rewarding chap­ters of my life.”

When he returned to campus in August, he expressed a new­found desire to work abroad in Europe or Asia before pur­suing an MBA.

It’s a career path that might not have been, if not for the university’s robust inter­na­tional co-​​op pro­gram, which pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties in 49 coun­tries and seven continents.

Lands­berg called it “a unique chance to live abroad, while working in a diverse and stim­u­lating pro­fes­sional environment.”

From Jan­uary to July, he did just that, taking on dual roles in trading and client ser­vice for Goldman Sachs Agency Lending, the firm’s agency secu­ri­ties lending business.

His biggest respon­si­bil­i­ties required him to work with large finan­cial insti­tu­tions to book pre-​​negotiated trades and coor­di­nate stock loan recalls with the group’s coun­ter­parts else­where in the firm.

I had always dreamed of working on a large trading floor,” said Lands­berg, a junior finance and insur­ance major who heads Northeastern’s Finance and Invest­ment Club, adding, “I worked side by side with sea­soned pro­fes­sionals who chal­lenged me to take on addi­tional projects.”

There were checks and bal­ances to verify the work I com­pleted, but the mag­ni­tude of respon­si­bility was intense and exciting.”

Lands­berg also cre­ated pre­sen­ta­tions for clients and poten­tial prospects in the Euro­pean and Asian mar­kets, in addi­tion to tracking sales pitches, con­ducting research on pen­sion funds and net­working on the trading floor with col­leagues from around the world.

But expo­sure to new cul­tures and cus­toms didn’t begin or end at the workplace.

Lands­berg lived in a six-​​bedroom flat with room­mates from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Eng­land, France and Mada­gascar, calling it an oppor­tu­nity to “develop life-​​long friend­ships and expand my global perspective.”

I truly enjoyed being immersed in a new cul­ture,” he added. “It was my first time living abroad, but will cer­tainly not be my last.”