The Power of Co-op

May 8, 2013

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.”