As COVID-19 continues to change the world around us, Northeastern University is committed to Protecting the Pack, a mantra that was quickly adopted for the fall 2020 semester. Students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community are encouraged to “mask up,” maintain social distance when interacting with others, and ensure they are continuing healthy habits such as frequent hand washing.
Despite it all, D’Amore-McKim undergraduate students have remained connected with one another and maintained a strong sense of community. Student club leaders are holding well-attended virtual events, panels, speaker series, and roundtables, giving new students the opportunity to meet fellow freshmen and upperclassmen.
D’Amore-McKim offers more than 30 clubs for students to join that touch on various business affinity topics including data analytics, Fintech, entrepreneurship, and more.
When the fall 2020 semester began, 25 club leaders held a virtual club fair inviting new students to meet with organizations and explore opportunities at Northeastern. The event was organized by Marisa Palace, DMSB’24, a member of TAMID, an international organization that prepares students to work with startups through the lens of the Israeli Startup Ecosystem.
“When given the chance to create a virtual club fair geared towards first years, I jumped. I wanted to create a virtual space that was casual for both the freshman and club leaders,” said Palace. “The event was planned in only a week and a half, yet we had over 20 clubs represented and nearly 300 individuals attend!”
Throughout the semester, club members have been sharing their experiences on our official Instagram account, giving our community an inside look at their programs, events, and daily lives. Look back at what they shared via the links below!
- IDEA is a student-led venture accelerator that fosters the development of entrepreneurs in the Northeastern community through the educational experience of developing a business from concept to launch. Niklas Janssen, DMSB’21, and Jake Willis, CAMD’20, shared their experiences with us including co-op, their roles in IDEA, and an overall day in their lives via Instagram stories.
- The Northeastern University Private Equity and Venture Capital Club provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the private equity and venture capital industries. They strive to allow students to create connections with their peers, faculty, and professionals within the private equity and venture capital industries, in hopes that each member comes away with valuable experiences that stem from club activities. The club was spearheaded by Jack McKim, DMSB’22. Recently, different PEVC board members shared their club experience and told us how they’ve been staying connected with one another at home via Instagram stories.
- Out in Business is an undergraduate organization at Northeastern University focused on promoting the advancement of LGBTQ+ individuals within the business field. Through speaker events, workshops, and social outing they want to help every LGBTQ+ individual within D’Amore-McKim break into and succeed within the business world. Out in Business members Sabrina Pangioni, DMSB’21, and Michael Ambrozia, DMSB’22, discussed their past co-ops at Deloitte and Brown Brothers Harriman, as well as their interdisciplinary involvement in various other clubs. Watch via Instagram stories.
- NUImpact is a student-led impact investing initiative at Northeastern University. They serve as a resource for the entire Northeastern community to understand purposeful capital. They offer thought-exchanges through speaker events, interactive workshops, lecture series and community conversations. They also act as a fully operational impact investing fund. During their Instagram stories takeover, Izzy Spigel, DMSB’21, and Brian Miller, DMSB’22, and other members discussed why they decided to get involved with NUImpact and how the club has helped them realize the importance of sustainable investing. Charles Oliveira, DMSB’22, attended NUImpact’s 2019 Sustainable Investing Summit spurring his future career ambitions in the clean energy industry. Oliveira transferred to D’Amore-McKim after attending the summit, later securing a co-op position at Clean Energy Ventures as a venture capital intern. “The Summit opened my vision to the clean energy industry and Northeastern University club structures. It led me to apply as a transfer student to Northeastern where I am now a student with intangible opportunities,” said Oliveira.
- Disrupt is a student-led organization that aims to create a community which drives education, advancement, and engagement in FinTech for Northeastern University and the greater FinTech community. The organization facilitates speaker events, executive lunches, site visits, technical workshops, and more to expose and educate anyone interested in FinTech. During their Instagram stories club takeover, Kristine Aleksandrovic, DMSB’22, noted her involvement in Disrupt is not just about FinTech, but about community connections as well.
- The Northeastern Mexican Student Association was created in order to form a community of Mexican students at the university. Jorge Navarrete, DMSB’20, founded the club after meeting with members of the Consulate of Mexico in Boston who encouraged him to form a space where his community could spend time with one another. During their Instagram stories takeover, members shared their excitement in founding a new club and fostering stronger connections in the Mexican community.
- Smart Woman Securities is a national organization that provides the guidance and resources upon which women can build greater knowledge of the financial industry through educational seminars, mentoring initiatives, and exposure to successful professionals and businesses. During their Instagram stories takeover, member Maya Senescu, E’24, shared her club experience as a non-business major. Involvement in Smart Women Securities enables Maya to learn about finance and other business topics she wouldn’t touch on in her engineering classes. Membership also allows her to meet different people she may not have met in other departments.