Sev­eral hun­dred stu­dents met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 40 co-​​op employers on Wednesday at an expo hosted by the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness. We stopped by Cabot Cage to ask a few of those stu­dents in atten­dance about what they were looking for and the advan­tages of co-​​op.

Chi Li, sopho­more mar­keting and finance major 

What brought you to the co-​​op expo today?

I’m get­ting ready to go on co-​​op in the spring semester and I wanted to see what was out there. I already talked to a lot of com­pa­nies, like TJX, to see what oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able to me.

What does your dream co-​​op look like?

I’m looking for jobs in private-​​wealth man­age­ment or some kind of con­sulting work. I want a job that lets me improve my ana­lyt­ical and problem-​​solving skills by giving me real chal­lenges to address every day.

Peter Run­stadler, mid­dler mar­keting major

What kind of jobs are you looking for at the co-​​op expo?

I’m looking for some­thing in computer-​​based mar­keting. Right now I’m not really sure what’s out there, so I’m meeting with as many people as I can so I can figure out exactly what I am able to do.

Why are you looking for­ward to co-​​op?

I’m ready for the pro­fes­sional work expe­ri­ence and the oppor­tu­nity to net­work — the people you meet on co-​​op are really valu­able as you advance in your career.

Elliott Bowles, sopho­more busi­ness major

How has the expo been going for you so far?

I just talked to my first com­pany, and it’s all very exciting. It’s great that North­eastern brought all these com­pa­nies here so we can start to get con­nected even before the appli­ca­tion process starts.

Where are you looking to work?

I’m orig­i­nally from Eng­land, and then I moved to Cal­i­fornia in 2004. So now that I’m in Boston, I like to joke that I’m halfway back. I’ve lived in so many places and I love to travel, so I’m open to working pretty much anywhere.

What kind of com­pany do you want to work for?

I’m still fig­uring out exactly what I want to do, but I think I want to work for a big com­pany starting out — some­thing that’s estab­lished and con­crete. But I know that once I’ve got those basic skills down, I want to go some­where smaller, like a start-​​up, where I can make a real difference.

Katherine Bradley, sopho­more mar­keting major

What are you most looking for­ward to about being on co-​​op?

I see co-​​op as a real oppor­tu­nity to explore. I am inter­ested in my mar­keting classes right now, but this will let me see if this field is really where I want to be. It will be a good test for my degree.

What kind of job are you looking for?

I’m minoring in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, so I’m thinking that some­thing in public rela­tions would be a good fit. I’d get to ana­lyze data as well as be on the cre­ative side, working on pitches and strate­gies. It’s a good combination.

Mohammad AlMutlaq, mid­dler finance and entre­pre­neur­ship major

What kind of com­pany do you want to do your first co-​​op with?

I’m looking to work at one of the big national com­pa­nies, so I’ve already talked with John Han­cock and State Street on the finance side and Johnson & Johnson and Puma on the mar­keting side. I’m looking for a job that can give me some real hands-​​on experience.

What do you hope to learn on co-​​op?

I’m looking for oppor­tu­ni­ties that give me a lot of expe­ri­ence doing things a lot of col­lege stu­dents don’t often get to do, things like man­aging funds and advising cor­po­ra­tions on their finances. I’m looking for a place that will teach me new skills then put me to work using them.