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In Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem, students undertake six-month research and work experiences with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Boston, across the United States, and around the world.

In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.

In the Asian Studies Program, students have the opportunity to work in a variety of organizations in positions that provide substantive learning and skill development.  Through these experiences, students gain valuable training and insights into the major and also their career development. Asian studies majors have opportunities to develop skills and experience by working in domestic and international NGOs, research and policy think tanks, educational organizations, and arts and communications organizations. Through cooperative education, students make important connections between their academic and experiential learning and gain perspective on how to be engaged workers and citizens in today’s global society.

Dr. Joani LaMachia is a Senior Cooperative Education Faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University.  She teaches the Professional Development for Co-Op Course for International Affairs and Asian Studies students.  As an advisor she engages students in thoughtful preparation for work opportunities that align with their interests and academic studies.  Her area of passion and interest is preparing students to engage actively in the world as global citizens, by drawing upon their academic and co-op experiences while at Northeastern.  She has taught as a Graduate Lecturer at Northeastern University, teaching graduate-level courses in Education and Global Studies in the College of Professional Studies.  Dr. LaMachia is a Faculty Co-Leader for Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations Program in Northern Ireland through the Global Experience Office.  In addition, she has accompanied Dialogue programs to the Balkans, Bali, Jordan and Egypt and traveled to Cambodia, Cuba and Ghana to do international co-op development.

Dr. LaMachia has over thirty years of experience working within international education. She has been awarded fellowships to China, Australia and Northern Ireland and received a Massachusetts Department of Education Award for her Commitment and Dedication to Literacy Education.  She coordinated the Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Consortium and Symposium at Northeastern University bringing together scholars, practitioners and policy analysts to engage in dialogue and reflection on peace building in divided societies and our role as global citizens.   Her publications include Look Up, Gaining Insight and Direction through Experiential Learning, Ideas in Action – Participatory Health and Literacy Education with Adults and articles for Currents in Literacy at Lesley University.  She holds a dual M.Ed. from Boston College in Education Administration and Pastoral Ministry, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Bilingual Education and her Doctorate of Education Degree from Northeastern University in Higher Education Administration focused on Integrating Global Citizenship Learning in Undergraduate Education. 


Co-ops in Asian Studies

Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below is a partial list of the co-op employers and sample job titles by field or industry.

Northeastern students begin by working with their academic advisor to plan how co-op fits best into their Northeastern pathway. Students take a one-credit prep course, and then begin to alternate between full-time academic and full-time co-op semesters. Students typically work six-month assignments. The exact start and end dates are determined by the employer in collaboration with the Co-op Coordinator.

  • Human Rights and Social Justice
    • Cambodian Center for Human Rights – Human Rights Officer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Harpswell Foundation – Leadership Resident, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Landmine Museum – Administrative Assistant, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Research 
    • Asia Society Policy Institute – Research Assistant, Washington, D.C.
    • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, China Environment and Kissinger Institute – Research Assistant, Washington, D.C.
    • Nuppun Institute for Economic Research – International Research Assistant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Non-profit and educational Organizations
    • National Committee on U.S-China Relations – Administrative Assistant, New York City, N.Y.
    • A New Day Cambodia – Teaching Assistant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Dandelion School – English Teaching Assistant, Beijing, China
  • Arts and Communication Organizations
    • Cambodian Center for Independent Media, Communications Officer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • People for Successful Corea Reunification (PSCORE), Marketing/Communications Assistant – Seoul, South Korea

Meet with your coordinator to plan a co-op

  1. Go to your MyNEU account.
  2. Click on the ‘experiential learning/co-op’ tab on the top menu.
  3. Choose ‘Appointment Calendar’ link in ‘Co-op’.
  4. In ‘Group’ drop-down select ‘Cooperative Education’.
  5. Find your coordinator’s name.
  6. Select an open time that works.
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    For Students: Integrate co-op into your academic experience. Cooperative education is a signature part of the Experiential Liberal Arts framework and when combined with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics, it enriches your education. These experiences will help you further develop subject-based knowledge, gain insightful perspective, and build self-awareness and confidence.

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    For Employers: Build a human resources pipeline of smart, motivated employees. Our employer partners include a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, law firms, and many more participants from an array of industries. Partnering with Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities can give your organization access to bright students who are prepared to bring their experience and classroom knowledge to work.

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    Global Co-op: Work, contribute, and learn about another culture. Global co-op provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique international experience by working in communities and organizations around the globe. Global employers gain access to bright, motivated students who are eager to bring their knowledge, skills, and cultural perspective outside of the classroom into another culture.

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