NU Global Corps

Northeastern University in service to communities around the world

Northeastern University students, faculty, staff, and alumni work, serve, learn, and are engaged in local, regional, national, and international settings - on campus, in our neighborhood, in our city, and around the world.

Northeastern University Global Corps offers a unique experience for students interested in solving real social problems in meaningful and practical ways for communities, both locally and globally. There are several different examples of Northeastern University Global Corps in action. All of them address an important community problem in the country concerned, develop viable solutions, and implement them. The experience can lead to valuable research and organizational and leadership skills, all of which can be applied to a student's course work, future career goals, and to developing the student as an engaged, educated "global citizen". Some of these programs (below) include course credits. Examples include:

  • Community Service/Service Learning programs: Northeastern University students, faculty, and staff working in community development organizations and impoverished communities in India, Mexico, Egypt, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Niger, Benin, among others. Students work with Iraqi and Sudanese refugees in Cairo (Egypt Dialogue), provide supervised physical therapy and interactive child care (Ecuador program) or work with NGOs in Belfast on post-conflict reconstruction projects (Northern Ireland Dialogue).
  • Engineers without Borders (EWB) USA is a national non-profit organization established to partner with developing communities in order to improve the quality of life in those communities. This partnership focuses on the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. The Northeastern University chapter of EWB consists of academically strong students with a common vision for global improvement. One program that the NU EWB has developed and maintained is a water sanitation and distribution project in the village of El Tecuan, Honduras.
  • The Global Corps: Activism Practicum focuses on grassroots organizing and global activism. One program involves a cohort of students in a "learning community", all of whom take the same 4 courses in one semester, work in an Indian community center in Boston, and then live in Hubli, India (in Karnataka State) for 6 weeks, working with their Indian peers at a local NGO to create community development programs around the theme of poverty, development, and technology.
  • The Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) provides interested students with the unique opportunity to become globally aware business leaders, by helping to build micro-enterprises catering to the poor in developing countries. SEI uses social enterprise as a platform for teaching the importance of integrity, compassion, global awareness and social responsibility in all types of management and leadership. SEI currently offers Field Study Programs in South Africa and the Dominican Republic. Students work directly with disadvantaged communities by consulting with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Students can provide assistance with business plan writing, marketing, implementation strategies and other business concepts.