Co-op Spotlight: Alexandrina Young

During Winter 2016, I worked for Engineers for Hope as their first co-op student. As my first work term I was able to learn a lot from the team. Working with Engineers for Hope was a very different experience compared to the many co-op placements of my friends. I got to work with people from all over the world who are inspired to make a real difference in the world. The team’s drive to make a change is what made my work term experience so special.

During my work term got many amazing opportunities. I went to a WISE seminar where I was able to network with many people successful business people who have made a positive difference. I learned how business and engineering could be combined to make a real difference in a third world country. That something as simple as having a light could dramatically improve their quality of life. We also got to meet John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, on his visit to the university. This was a great experience where we got some media experience. Not only did I get these amazing networking opportunities I also gained many skills. I learned how to work independently with very little supervision. It gave me an opportunity to be as creative with my work as I wanted.

Toronto Mayor John Tory discusses with the EFH team about sustainable technologies and water sanitation methods. Photo credits: Chloe Tanchip

I also had the opportunity to host a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser this term which was a success. It gave me an opportunity to demonstrate my organization and leadership skills. It was a lot of hard work but it was well worth the effort. I had a great time working with Engineers for Hope for my first co-op job and I’m excited that I got to help make a difference.


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