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Jeanine Pace Hamilton, BA’87

The most ambitious students will use an international co-op as an opportunity to delve into unfamiliar territory, immerse themselves in a foreign culture, explore a strange land, and cherish the experiences while getting valuable work experience.

For Jeanine Pace Hamilton, BA’87, the decision to attend Northeastern was the direct result of her desire to explore uncharted territory.

“The reason I went to Northeastern was for the co-op program. And specifically, I wanted to go on an international co-op,” said Hamilton, the founder and president of Hire Partnership, a Boston-based staffing service company. “Germany, to me, was where I wanted to go. You could go to England, but everybody speaks English there. So I wanted to go somewhere where it was a challenge.

“I spent every day in the co-op office, and the co-op advisor who helped me was wonderful,” said Hamilton, who landed a job at a newspaper in the country’s Black Forest region. “He worked so hard to secure that co-op for me. He knew I was so determined to go. … If I didn’t have him, I never would have gotten over there.”

After intensive courses to learn to speak German, Hamilton did everything from aiding the executive assistant to the CEO to traveling around the region with advertising sales representatives. “I think they were really trying to get me to have the best experience that I could,” Hamilton said. “They just wanted to give me a foundation.”

But she received more than a foundation. She enjoyed the experience of a lifetime.

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