Ross Cole ’17
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My Story

As a high school student, Ross enjoyed studying global events and international relations. He also enjoyed traveling. Ross was able to combine those interests at Northeastern with a combined major in economics and international affairs and a minor in Middle East studies.

This is Ross’s Northeastern story…

My Path
Northeastern University/ Eric Winter
Why Economics and International Affairs at Northeastern?

Ross declared a combined major in economics and international affairs because he wanted to gain a better understanding of how global events can impact development and to learn how economic policy can help solve some of the world’s problems.

As a Northeastern student, Ross has gained theoretical knowledge of micro- and macro-economics and applied it to different contexts outside of the classroom. His coursework and global experiences have provided him with a strong understanding about development and current international issues.

Northeastern University/ Matthew Modoono
Transformational Coursework

Two courses that had a major impact on Ross’s studies were:

  • ECON 3405 – “A Critique of Capitalism”

“In ‘Critique of Capitalism’ with Professor M. Shahid Alam I was able to learn about alternative economic theories and about some of the failings of a free-market capitalist society. This class allowed me to gain a unique perspective where I no longer assume capitalism and free-markets will always be the best solution to the economic issues faced today.”

  • ECON 1291 – “Development Economics”  

“In ‘Development Economics’ with Professor Jelena Nikolic, I learned about ways economists can determine a country’s development goals, and develop effective strategies to help improve the lives of people living in the developing world.”

Global Opportunity

Through Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad program, Ross traveled to Jordan for five weeks with Northeastern faculty to study the Arabic language (Jordanian dialect) and Jordanian and regional politics, history, culture, and society.

“I was able to travel to Jordan on a Dialogue of Civilizations program and meet with an Islamic banker who helped to develop my interest in the Middle East, and differences between traditional and Islamic banking.”

Ross traveled to Jordan on a Dialogue of Civilizations program.
My First Co-op

“My first co-op was at the Massachusetts State House, working for Senator Sal DiDomenico. I was able to learn how policies are created and move through the legislative system. I also gained experience working with constituents and hosting fundraising events.”

Northeastern University/Eric Winter
Northeastern University/ Matthew Modoono
My Second Co-op

“My second co-op was at Wellington Management as an operations specialist. I gained valuable real-life experience working in an office setting, and was treated as a full-time employee. It was an excellent experience due to the level of responsibility I was given, and I was able to gain more insight into the financial industry.”

My Third Co-op

“My final co-op was again for Wellington Management, but I was able to work in their global office in Hong Kong. This was an amazing experience and allowed me to pursue my passion for travel while gaining more invaluable work experience, and build upon my previous co-op experience working for Wellington Management.”

Ross Cole's third co-op was at Wellington Management in Hong Kong.
Next Steps

Ross realized his ambitions to work in the financial industry upon graduation.  He is currently a guideline monitoring analyst at Wellington Management.


Northeastern University/ Adam Glanzman
This was Ross's Northeastern Pathway... Where will yours lead?