Watch the three win­ning videos here.

While on co-​​op last year, junior Gustav Hoi­land immersed him­self in the supply chain man­age­ment industry — right down to the nuts and bolts.

Hoi­land, a busi­ness major, worked at Gexpro Ser­vices, a supply chain ser­vices out­source provider. His office, located in Naperville, Ill., dis­trib­utes engi­neering com­modi­ties such as fas­teners, screws and bolts, and the co-​​op allowed him to explore all facets of the busi­ness. His morn­ings were spent building and ana­lyzing inven­tory data, and com­mu­ni­cating with col­leagues across the globe. In the after­noons, he even processed orders in the division’s ware­house — every­thing from packing, taping, scan­ning and ship­ping boxes.

Every­thing we own has passed through a ware­house like this, and the expe­ri­ence for­ever changed the way I see and under­stand busi­ness,” he said. “I got the inside look at what busi­ness is.”

The co-​​op not only pro­vided him this first-​​hand cor­po­rate expe­ri­ence he desired, but his inspired video about the expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity earned him first place in North­eastern University’s Coolest Co-​​op Video Contest.

The Office of Stu­dent Affairs spon­sors the con­test, asking under­grad­u­ates to make a short video show­casing why their job was the coolest co-​​op at North­eastern. The con­test was launched last year to help cel­e­brate the cen­ten­nial of the university’s renowned co-​​op and expe­ri­en­tial learning program.

The ‘Coolest Co-​​op’ com­pe­ti­tion serves as an exciting way for our stu­dents to reflect on their expe­ri­ences and share their unique per­spec­tives with our com­mu­nity,” said Ed Klotz­bier, vice pres­i­dent forstu­dent affairs.“What has been great about this con­test is seeing how cre­ative our stu­dents are while learning about some really cool co-​​ops. I am con­tin­u­ally amazed at the expe­ri­ences our stu­dents are having, and we hope to con­tinue to hear even more sto­ries as this con­test continues.”

Connor McK­night, a music industry major, earned second place in the con­test for his co-​​op at Bill­board Mag­a­zine in New York City. He not only con­tributed more than 200 reviews, arti­cles and news items for Bill­board pub­li­ca­tions, but he also played a key role during artist show­cases — set­ting up recording equip­ment, man­ning the cam­eras and mixing board, and even step­ping in on the guitar for a few sessions.

The expe­ri­ence also led to Bill­board hiring McK­night as a cor­re­spon­dent back in Boston.

Taking third place was Daniel O’Brien, an inter­na­tional affairs major and former Marine. After earning a Pres­i­den­tial Global Schol­ar­ship, O’Brien worked for the Common Lan­guage Project, an inter­na­tional non­profit online media group that aims to engage and inform Amer­i­cans about crit­ical issues of our time.

He inter­viewed Iraqi refugees in coun­tries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Syria, about their per­spec­tive on the Iraq inva­sion, and later would pro­duce video blogs reflecting on his expe­ri­ences in the region.
While in the mil­i­tary, O’Brien was sta­tioned in Iraq. But he said trav­eling through the region as a civilian as part of this co-​​op dra­mat­i­cally increased his under­standing of the Middle East, which, he said, will have an enor­mous impact on his studies at Northeastern.