21 D'Amore-McKim seniors honored for excellence in cooperative education


 

Recently, 21 D’Amore-McKim School of Business seniors were recognized for excellence in cooperative education, highlighting their professional and personal achievements in co-op, as well as future career plans. The class of 2016 experiences spanned five continents, 19 countries, and 10 states, all providing vital professional skills in more than 48 companies.

Co-op is the cornerstone of Northeastern’s education, with more than 90 percent of students completing one, and 76 percent completing two or more. Available in over 36 states and approximately 90 countries, co-ops enable students to immerse themselves in the workplace while also experiencing the world.

“The accomplishments of our students demonstrate the excellence of our curriculum and academic programs and through co-op, our students graduate as accomplished professionals,” said Assistant Dean of Cooperative Education, Mary Kane. “Our honorees have secured full-time opportunities in investment banking, consulting, rotational leadership programs and success starting their own ventures.”

In addition to highlighting the achievements of students, the awards ceremony also recognized PwC as Co-op Employer Partner of the Year, placing more than 1,000 students in co-op positions over the past 30 years.

Following are profiles of this year’s honorees:

Cameret Bannister, a BS in International Business (BSIB) marketing major with a minor in international affairs, held three co-op positions while at Northeastern, including one abroad working for Johnson and Johnson in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to her co-ops, Bannister was a Husky Ambassador tour guide and BSIB delegate for D’Amore-McKim.

Melissa Florio, a BS in Business Administration (BSBA) marketing and psychology major, maintained three co-ops during her academic career. Two were in Cambridge, Mass., at Biogen Idec and EF Education First. Florio also had a co-op in Cape Town, South Africa, with Neural Sense. She took advantage of international studies during her academic career too, studying at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece and John Cabot University in Italy.

Jake Fulton, a BSBA accounting and finance major with a minor in economics, leveraged the experience he got at his first co-op at MFS Investment Management in Boston, to secure two co-ops with a leading Investment Bank working as an analyst in private wealth management. Jake was invited to join their summer analyst program the summer before his senior year, and his outstanding performance lead to a full-time position after graduation as an analyst in their private wealth management team.

Maggie Gervasi, a BSBA finance major with a minor in law and public policy, was an active member of the D’Amore-McKim community, spending time as a peer mentor for the school and freshman orientation speaker. Completing a co-op at a leading investment bank as well as two co-ops at Wellington Management, all of which were in Boston, she has accepted a full-time position with the Wellington Management GRG Group.

Kimberly Karter, a BSBA management and entrepreneurship major, experienced three co-ops during her time at Northeastern, including Wayfair in Boston, Smartleaf in Cambridge, Mass., and with Northeastern University’s Global Network team. In her spare time, she was a teaching assistant for the university, as well as a peer mentor for D’Amore-McKim.

Jessica Maienza, a BSBA finance and entrepreneurship major, spread her co-ops across three major cities. Maienza held a co-op at Credit Suisse in Chicago, Ill., GMO in Boston, and at a prestigious investment bank firm in London. She also studied abroad as part of a Dialogue of Civilizations experience in Valencia, Spain. Maienza highlighted her travel opportunities facilitated by co-op as the student speaker during the Senior Ceremony on May 5.

Alejandro Mayer Page, a BSBA major in supply chain management and finance with a minor in sustainable business practices, will be working on his own venture after graduation: VelveTea. VelveTea sources Matcha green tea from Kagoshima, Japan, to U.S. sellers. During his time at Northeastern, he had three co-ops, including one at GE Lighting in Richmond, VA. He also studied abroad in Costa Rica and Hong Kong.

Lucas Merat, a BSBA marketing and ethnomusicology major will complete a two-month immersive internship experience in Ecuador with the Social Entrepreneur Corps. His previous co-op experiences include Alert Logic in Seattle, Washington, Valore in Boston, and Worldwide Center of Mathematics in Cambridge, Mass.

Annika Morgan, a BSBA entrepreneurship major with a minor in international affairs had four co-ops in Boston, including Northeastern’s IDEA, Fresh Truck, DataXU, and Constant Contact. She also took part in two Dialogue of Civilization programs: one in Cuba and one in Cape Town, South Africa. Morgan was one of two D’Amore-McKim students to deliver the 2016 commencement address on May 6.

Elizabeth Norton, a BSBA finance and economics major has accepted a position as a launch research associate at Wellington Management in Boston. During her studies, she held two separate co-ops at Wellington Management, as well as working for a premier investment bank. Norton was the president of the Finance and Investment Club, in addition to peer mentoring for D’Amore-McKim and participating in the Women and Business Club.

After a co-op experience with Ernst and Young, Megan O’Hara has accepted a full-time position with the firm in their business advisory practice located in New York City.  O’Hara, a BSBA finance and accounting major, held previous co-ops at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Jersey City, N.J., and Feeley and Driscoll in Boston.

After a successful co-op, Thomas Porter has accepted a full-time position with Morgan Stanley in their New York City office as an equity capital markets analyst for the private capital markets team. A BSBA finance and economics major, Porter previously held co-op positions at MHT Partners, L.P., and John Hancock, both located in Boston.

Michael Rinaldi, a BSBA accounting major, will begin working for KPMG in their emerging technology tax group located in New York City after completing the Master’s of Science in Accountancy at Northeastern. In addition to his previous co-op at KPMG, he also had experiences at The Bollard Group in Boston and Ernst and Young both in Boston.

Oyihoma Saleh, a BSBA entrepreneurship and marketing major, will pursue a Master’s in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management at Imperial College Business School in London. His previous co-op experiences include Brown Brothers Harriman and SmartBear Software, both in Boston, as well as Fifielf Fabrics in Hingham Mass. Saleh is also the co-founder and CEO of KosavaDeals, which won the Wharton Africa Business Forum Venture Competition and was recognized as one of the top 10 ventures at Harvard Business School’s African Business Conference.

Natalie Simmons, a BSBA marketing and management major, with a minor in graphic design, has committed to a full-time position with Cause Consulting in Boston, one of her previous three co-op experiences. She also held co-ops at Savan in Cape Town, South Africa, and LevelUp in Boston.

Lucy Sinacola has been working as an investment banking analyst for the Presidio Group LLC in San Francisco since January 2016. Sinacola, a BSBA finance major, had co-ops at Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, Inc., in San Francisco, A Spinnaker Capital LLC, in Boston, and Hercules Technology Growth Capital, also in Boston.

After experiencing co-op positions in three major cities, BSBA finance and accounting major James Temple has accepted a full-time position at Morgan Stanley in New York City. In addition to his previous co-op at Morgan Stanley, he also worked with Brookside Mezzanine Partners in Stamford, Conn., and John Hancock in Boston. During his time at Northeastern, he co-founded the Finance for the Community Club.

Daniel Tierney, a BSBA supply chain management and entrepreneurship major, has accepted a full-time position within the Johnson and Johnson Global Operations Leadership Development Program. Previously, he held co-op positions with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, A. Duie in Pyle, Mass., and TJX in Framingham, Mass. His international experience included study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece.

After a successful co-op position with BB & T Capital Markets in Boston, BSBA finance major Rohan Venkatesh has accepted a full-time job as an investment banking analyst. His previous experience includes co-ops with Piper Jaffray, in Los Angeles, and UBS Wealth Management in New Jersey. During his academic career, Venkatesh was able to travel throughout India, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.

Katie Wong has accepted a full-time position with Fidelity Investments in Fixed Income Research. Wong, a BSBA finance and accounting major with a minor in mathematics, held previous co-ops at Hercules Technology Growth Capital in Pala Alto, Calif., Piper Jaffray in El Segundo, Calif., and in the Boston office of a leading investment bank. Wong is the founder of Northeastern’s Women’s Leadership Network..

Nicholas Wright, a BSBA finance and economics major, had three very competitive co-ops while at Northeastern. His experience included key positions in equity trading, private wealth management and investment banking. For his last co-op Nicholas relocated to New York where he worked as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley. His successful performance lead to a full-time offer after graduation working for Morgan Stanley as an investment banking analyst for the Media and Telecommunications team.