Author Archives: Ellen Stoddard

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Ellen Stoddard is the director of Cooperative Education at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies. Her role in program design and oversight includes opportunities to prepare international students and adults for co-ops and internships. Previously, she worked with a variety of study abroad and teach abroad organizations in the United States and internationally. She has always been involved with programs that offer guided learning and reflection outside the classroom to enhance structured education.

5 Ways to Use Your Internship to Network

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Along with the many reasons to consider an internship as part of your undergraduate or graduate degree studies, one reason is the unparalleled opportunity to network with your co-workers, supervisor, and others at your company or organization. Whether you’re changing careers or looking to get ahead in your chosen field, it always helps to have a a few individuals who ... Read More »

The 4 Skills Employers Want to See in their Interns

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When I’m helping my undergraduate and graduate students land an internship, I always emphasize identifying your best transferrable skills. Those skills could come from the academic world, from a previous employer or a different line of work. The place to start if you’re lacking specific technical experience – as many are when they try to change careers –  is with your ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Consider an Internship as Part of Your Degree

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As director of cooperative education at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, I work with students to help them secure internships at businesses, nonprofits and government organizations across the United States. I’ve seen firsthand some of the benefits of co-ops and internships, and I encourage all students to explore if an internship is right for them. Here are five reasons ... Read More »

5 Extra Things Grad Students Can Get Out of an Internship

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When you picture an internship, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a young, inexperienced undergraduate student filling an entry-level position. But as someone involved with internship or co-op opportunities for graduate students, I can tell you there’s much, much more opportunity for a graduate student to consider incorporating an internship into your education. Graduate-level internship positions include ... Read More »

Experiential learning for online, working professionals: a pilot program

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Have you ever thought about what portion of your job you learned “informally” versus “formally”? You’ll probably be impressed (with yourself) when you realize that most of what you learned at your job was self-taught. You might even think, “my employer is lucky I’m so resourceful and smart and can figure out what I am doing on my own. In ... Read More »

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