This post originally appeared on Northeastern Global News. It was published by Beth Treffeisen.

It's a grueling workday for Luke Zaller, who is working as an analyst during a co-op at Ernst & Young in Singapore. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., he can sometimes work on analyst reports until 10 or 11 p.m. But, Zaller says, the job is preparing him for his future career.

Zaller began his time in Singapore last semester by participating in a study abroad program and extended his time when he signed up for a co-op. He will be in Singapore for nine months by the time he leaves the Southeast Asian island in early June. 

Zaller is one of hundreds of Northeastern students taking part in international co-ops this semester. Being in Singapore is exciting because it's like “a doorway to Southeast Asia,” Zaller says. In addition, the city is in central Asia, allowing him to hop on a flight to other exotic destinations, like Thailand, for the weekend. 

“I got a new passport during COVID, so I haven't used it all,” Zaller says. “And now I have two pages left in my passport.”

“It's been an amazing experience,” says Zaller. 

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