Shay McDonough, a senior information science major, spent her first two co-op cycles at the pharmaceutical giant Novartis working as a programmer, analyst, and project manager. She honed her skills and received valuable real-world work experience at a large firm. For her third co-op, she went in a different direction—working for a startup. It’s an experience that opened her eyes to an arena that has since become her passion.
“The beauty of working at a startup is that, even as a co-op or an intern, there is so much to do that you have no other choice but to get involved in everything,” McDonough said. Her co-op position was at Boston-based EverTrue, which builds mobile networking platforms and was the result of a new collaboration between Northeastern and the startup accelerator MassChallenge. The partnership is aimed at pairing students with startups for their co-op positions. McDonough thrived in her role—even staying on part-time after her co-op—and is seeking that kind of environment after graduation.
“I was asked to do so many things at EverTrue,” she said. “I know I have a lot to give.”