Students Share Global Co-op Experiences
Students flocked to the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad on Thursday to learn more and ask questions about their peers’ recent co- op experiences abroad.
A collection of students who recently returned from abroad set up shop at the Global Co- op Networking Fair, which was sponsored by the Global Experience Office, to share their experiences with others who are considering working internationally on co- op. The event provided an opportunity for students to learn more about co- op, the signature program in Northeastern’s experiential learning portfolio. Students have pursued experiential learning opportunities in 131 countries since 2006.
We caught up with several students at the fair, asking presenters about their global co- ops and attendees what they hoped to learn there.
Mika White, BHS’18
White worked at Iganga Hospital in Iganga, Uganda, where as part of her co- op she helped develop a malnourishment education and assistance program for the local community. “This co- op gave me the chance to see the disparities between healthcare systems in a developing nation and what we have here in the U.S.,” she said.
Ian Metivier, SSH’16
As a combined major in cultural anthropology and Spanish, Metivier recognized that these disciplines present an opportunity to pursue a career as a translator. “I realized this is what I wanted to do with my career,” he explained.
So he set off for Madrid and worked as a project manager for Mondo Agit, which provides translating services to NGOs. At the fair, Metivier advised students interested in co- op to start the planning process early and take advantage of this unique opportunity.