In the middle of December, Chris Turney found his per­fect co-​​op.

I was strug­gling to find some­thing I was inter­ested in, and stum­bled upon a job posting about a bank in France, and I thought that was really cool,” said Turney, a third-​​year finance and entre­pre­neur­ship major with a minor in eco­nomics in North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. “It really got me thinking about going abroad for co-​​op.”

In short order, Turney inter­viewed with a hiring man­ager for IBM in Ban­ga­lore, India. A few days later, he headed to Ban­ga­lore, where he worked for six months in the busi­ness oper­a­tions divi­sion of IBM’s Global Process Ser­vices, the world’s largest busi­ness and tech­nology ser­vices provider.

As Turney put it, “Busi­ness is really coming up in India and I thought that working there would be a really great experience.”

At IBM, Turney gath­ered monthly progress reports from depart­ments across the com­pany, designed a new rate card tem­plate for out­side ven­dors and ser­vice providers and wrote and edited con­tent for IBM’s employee newsletter.

He quickly adapted to slower pace of office life in India, which he com­pared to the con­gested roads he took to work each day. “It def­i­nitely made me a lot more con­fi­dent in my people-​​management skills, which will cer­tainly be valu­able in future jobs,” he said.

Turney’s co-​​op in India has con­vinced him to pursue another inter­na­tional expe­ri­en­tial learning opportunity.

I def­i­nitely want another inter­na­tional expe­ri­ence,” he said. “Maybe some­where in South America or Europe, where I can be a part of some­thing really inter­esting hap­pening in some part of the world I’ve never been to before.”