For his first inter­na­tional co-​​op, life­long New Eng­land res­i­dent Chris Turney embarked on a journey to work for IBM in Ban­ga­lore, India. Though it may have been out of his com­fort zone, the busi­ness major met the oppor­tu­nity with pas­sion and curiosity.

I needed to chal­lenge myself to get the most out of my co-​​op, and I wanted to leverage this into greater oppor­tu­ni­ties,” said Turney, ’14.

This spring, he worked in the IBM oper­a­tions depart­ment, where he was exposed to a new cul­ture and received valu­able expe­ri­ence by working along­side man­agers on projects in sev­eral dif­ferent departments.

Turney was one of four North­eastern stu­dents who shared their inter­na­tional expe­ri­ences with fellow class­mates on Tuesday night at “Thinking and Working Glob­ally.” The event was one of the many pro­grams and activ­i­ties offered by North­eastern as part of Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week (IEW), which serves as an oppor­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the ben­e­fits of inter­na­tional edu­ca­tion and exchange worldwide.

IEW at North­eastern sup­ports the university’s mis­sion to create and trans­late knowl­edge to meet global and soci­etal needs. It is cospon­sored by a number of depart­ments, offices and pro­grams, including Alumni Rela­tions, Co-​​op Con­nec­tions, Housing and Res­i­den­tial Life, Inter­na­tional Co-​​op, Inter­na­tional Affairs, Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute (ISSI), the Office of Inter­na­tional Study Pro­grams, Global Path­ways and NU Global.

The Tuesday evening pro­gram gave a small group of stu­dents a chance to learn about cul­tural immer­sion, the cost of living, inter­ac­tion with for­eign coworkers and how to make the most of their expe­ri­ences abroad.

Attending the event helped senior Kathia Teran pre­pare for her upcoming inter­na­tional co-​​op. In the spring, the Bolivia native will be working for Cyclo­mundo, a cycling tour oper­ator in Gail­lard, France, which is close to the Swiss border.

Teran said she hopes the expe­ri­ence will help her assess where she wants to work after grad­u­a­tion by com­paring the work envi­ron­ments in the United States and abroad. As she put it, “I want to see what my work options are.”

Today’s IEW events at North­eastern include the Inter­na­tional Oppor­tu­ni­ties Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center indoor quad; a Study Abroad Infor­ma­tion Ses­sion at 1 p.m. in Curry Stu­dent Center room 344; an Inter­na­tional Co-​​op Infor­ma­tion Ses­sion at 3 p.m. in the base­ment of Stearns, room 12; and ISSI Inter­na­tional Film Night at 5:30 p.m. in 405 Ell Hall.

The activ­i­ties on campus are part of the larger Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week, a joint ini­tia­tive of the U.S. Depart­ment of State and the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. IEW began in 2000, and is cel­e­brated in more than 100 coun­tries worldwide.