Stu­dents flocked to the Curry Stu­dent Center Indoor Quad on Thursday to learn more and ask ques­tions about their peers’ recent co-​​op expe­ri­ences abroad.

A col­lec­tion of stu­dents who recently returned from abroad set up shop at the Global Co-​​op Net­working Fair, which was spon­sored by the Global Expe­ri­ence Office, to share their expe­ri­ences with others who are con­sid­ering working inter­na­tion­ally on co-​​op. The event pro­vided an oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents to learn more about co-​​op, the sig­na­ture pro­gram in Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial learning port­folio. Stu­dents have pur­sued expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties in 131 coun­tries since 2006.

We caught up with sev­eral stu­dents at the fair, asking pre­sen­ters about their global co-​​ops and atten­dees what they hoped to learn there.

Mika White, BHS’18

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White worked at Iganga Hos­pital in Iganga, Uganda, where as part of her co-​​op she helped develop a mal­nour­ish­ment edu­ca­tion and assis­tance pro­gram for the local com­mu­nity. “This co-​​op gave me the chance to see the dis­par­i­ties between health­care sys­tems in a devel­oping nation and what we have here in the U.S.,” she said.

Ian Metivier, SSH’16

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As a com­bined major in cul­tural anthro­pology and Spanish, Metivier rec­og­nized that these dis­ci­plines present an oppor­tu­nity to pursue a career as a trans­lator. “I real­ized this is what I wanted to do with my career,” he explained.

So he set off for Madrid and worked as a project man­ager for Mondo Agit, which pro­vides trans­lating ser­vices to NGOs. At the fair, Metivier advised stu­dents inter­ested in co-​​op to start the plan­ning process early and take advan­tage of this unique opportunity.

Shachenika Jean, S’17

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Jean knows exactly what she wants to do with her career: become an OBGYN. She’s cur­rently studying pre-​​med, and wanted to explore other med­ical fields before focusing on women’s health. She worked on co-​​op at Mater Dei Hos­pital in Malta, where she inter­acted with patients on the pedi­atric oncology floor. Jean helped teach the stu­dents lessons while they were in the hos­pital and sup­ported them after treat­ment or while their par­ents were speaking with doctors.

I was there to help dis­tract them from what they were going through,” Jean said.

Lexie Pratt, BHS’18, and Mari Cardelle, E’18

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These friends, who have spe­cific loca­tions in mind for future co-​​ops, had come to the right place to learn more. Pratt hopes to work in Africa. “I’m really inter­ested in inter­na­tional med­i­cine, par­tic­u­larly in devel­oping coun­tries,” she said, adding that she wants to “steal” White’s Uganda co-​​op.

Cardelle wants to do a co-​​op in a Spanish-​​speaking country. “I can under­stand Spanish but I want to become fluent in it,” she said.