Pitching a company-​​wide employee devel­op­ment pro­gram to a room full of exec­u­tives in Ger­many taught North­eastern Uni­ver­sity senior Angela Loporto how to achieve suc­cess in a pro­fes­sional environment.

At first I thought it was really nerve-​​wracking, but then I learned to have con­fi­dence in myself,” Loporto said. “To be treated equally and build rela­tion­ships with CEOs is a really valu­able skill to learn.”

Loporto cre­ated the employee devel­op­ment pro­gram on co-​​op last spring with Bisnode Busi­ness Infor­ma­tion Group, a Darmstadt-​​based com­pany that helps clients in more than a dozen Euro­pean coun­tries max­i­mize sales, min­i­mize risks and make better busi­ness decisions.

Loporto devel­oped the pro­gram by inter­viewing man­aging direc­tors and cre­ating work­shops for employees. The goal, she said, is for employees to improve their man­age­ment skills, build bonds between col­leagues and pursue their edu­ca­tional goals through work­shops and conferences.

I wanted to create a pro­gram that could help young pro­fes­sionals gain the nec­es­sary skills and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties to take over man­age­ment posi­tions,” Loporto said.

The experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity, she noted, helped her land another co-​​op job as a talent acqui­si­tion assis­tant for the Boston-​​based global asset man­ager MFS Invest­ment Man­age­ment. Her ulti­mate goal, she said, is to become a human resources pro­fes­sional for the United Nations or Oxfam International.

As Loporto put it, “I want to work with people, moti­vate people and do some­thing that ben­e­fits employees.”

Living and working in a for­eign country is a top pri­ority for the inter­na­tional affairs major, who might be apt to call her­self a global cit­izen: She resided in Sin­ga­pore for seven years and com­pleted Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams in both China and Geneva.

I have a curiosity and sense of adven­ture,” Loporto said. “We are all human, but there is so much we can learn from dif­ferent people and dif­ferent cultures.”