The Global Employer Relations Team (which is a unit within the Co-op and Career Development department) recently trekked to Thailand and Vietnam to meet with prospective employers to recruit and create job opportunities for all students so they are able to participate in Global Co-op experiences. The trip was a great success! The employers our team visited were well aware and familiar with Northeastern, which shows that we truly are a global institution! Job opportunities were developed and more are being nurtured. Building these opportunities for Northeastern students take a lot of time to cultivate, sometimes it can be up to two years before an employer is fully engaged and ready to come on board as a co-op employer.
So, now that you have a little insider information to how much effort and time goes into developing co-op relationships, here are some exciting excerpts from travels to Southeast Asia…
Thailand and Vietnam:
Both countries can offer students a one of a kind experience and will provide our new employers access to top talent early in the recruitment process (check out jobs in NUcareers.) Pictured above is my visit to a cool start-up incubator in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we already have one co-op student from D’Amore-McKim School of Business heading there January 2017.
Here, I had the opportunity to meet with the President of Cotecco Construction, an NU parent too and strong supporter of Global Co-op. Cotecco is the largest construction company in the region, and with a growing economy and ambitious workforce, Vietnam has become a hot destination. Northeastern is well represented at Cotecco and pictured above with me are two NU co-op students.
Top Ten Reasons to Co-op in Southeast Asia:
- Incredible co-op and home country opportunities AND no language requirements.
- Many employers provide a small stipend, with free lunch and a chef on staff too!
- The USD goes a long way, helping to defray living expenses.
- Northeastern Alumni Communities in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
- Leverage your US co-op with multinational offices here (eg; Reebok Vietnam and Wunderman Thailand)
- Unique cultural experience, opportunity to travel throughout Asia.
- Build your resume and boost your LinkedIn profile.
- Be a part of a growing economy with an innovative spirit.
- The food!
- …and the people!
It is with our brilliant student population and diverse network across the NU community, that is the main driver why employers embrace the co-op model. Northeastern’s co-op program allows employers to attract top talent early in the recruiting process across a myriad of platforms. Be sure to check out the new co-op postings in NU Careers, and add Southeast Asia to your travel bucket list!
Alane De Luca oversees the Global Employer Relations team and global lead-generation initiatives within Career Development and Cooperative Education. She comes to Northeastern with 25+ years of experience working in the international education arena. Alane’s passion for global experiential learning began when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where she worked alongside NGO’s and native Senegalese in rural parts of northern Senegal. Upon returning to the states, she assumed a position funded by the United States Agency for International Development focusing on initiatives set forth by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and administered at Northeastern. She also has experience directing global and experiential learning programs within academia at Merrimack College, Salem State University, Suffolk University Law School, and Saint Anselm College. She is a dual citizen of Italy, holds an M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien