Skip to content
Topics
Stories

Students share global co-op experiences

A photo of students talking at the global co-op fair

Some three dozen students were on hand at the global co-op fair Tuesday night to share their global experiential learning stories with their peers.

The Curry Stu­dent Center Indoor Quad trans­formed into a global co-​​op net­working portal on Tuesday night, when 130 stu­dents con­nected with some three dozen of their peers who con­vened to dis­cuss their recent inter­na­tional co-​​op experiences.

The young global cit­i­zens shared co-​​op sto­ries and advice at the event, which was orga­nized by Northeastern’s Global Expe­ri­ence Office.

Car­o­line Fried, SSH’17, a fourth-​​year stu­dent studying inter­na­tional affairs and his­tory, worked in China  ear­lier this year as a teaching assis­tant at the Dan­de­lion School, which serves hun­dreds of stu­dents from low-​​income migrant families.

FRIED’S ADVICE for her peers con­sid­ering global co-​​op: “Take every oppor­tu­nity that comes to you. Being immersed in another cul­ture makes you chal­lenge your assump­tions and learn new perspectives.”

Take every oppor­tu­nity that comes to you. Being immersed in another cul­ture makes you chal­lenge your assump­tions and learn new per­spec­tives.
—Car­o­line Fried, SSH’17

Mechan­ical engi­neering stu­dent Tom Boutin, E’17, also worked in China. For his second co-​​op, he worked for Eastek Inter­na­tional, a U.S. based con­tract man­u­fac­turer with an office in a small fac­tory town in Guang­dong. His co-​​op involved man­aging project sched­ules and working on busi­ness improve­ment projects.

Boutin, who spent his first co-​​op at iRobot in Bed­ford, Mass­a­chu­setts, said it was useful for him to com­pare the engi­neering and busi­ness processes he expe­ri­enced in the U.S. and abroad.

BOUTIN’S ADVICE for his peers con­sid­ering global co-​​op: “Just go for it. This expe­ri­ence will really make you stand out.”

His­tory major Will Shields, SSH’16, worked in the Nether­lands at the Inter­na­tional Crim­inal Tri­bunal for the former Yugoslavia, a United Nations court of law focusing on war crimes that took place during the con­flicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. It was a “dream co-​​op” for Shields, blending his interest in crim­inal law with a pre­vious expe­ri­ence he received while on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in the Balkans. On his co-​​op, Shields pri­marily focused on doing legal work and research for prosecutors.

SHIELDSGREATEST TAKEAWAY from this co-​​op: “I’d say devel­oping a legal mindset to be able to argue both sides of the same issue. This co-​​op made me realize that I want to go to law school.”

Stella Yun, S’15, a fifth-​​year biology stu­dent, spent four months last year working at Leibniz Uni­ver­sity of Han­nover in Ger­many. Her co-​​op, which focused on aca­d­emic research in bio­chem­istry, enabled her to work in plasma cloning and learn new mol­e­c­ular biology tech­niques for iso­lating and ana­lyzing DNA and proteins.

YUN’S LASTING THOUGHT on global co-​​op: “This was my first co-​​op in a research lab, and it was really great being able to apply what I’ve learned in a real-​​world setting.”

-By Greg St. Martin

More Stories

Photo of the Capitol Building at night

High stakes for politics, SCOTUS in 2018

01.04.2018
Photo of the crashed truck that was used in the October 31st attack in Manhattan.

Weaponizing Language: How the meaning of “allahu akbar” has been distorted

11.08.2017
Northeastern logo

Why I love studying Spanish

05.29.20
Uncategorized