Marie Schulte-Bockum, SSH’17, had embraced the spirit of experiential learning before enrolling at Northeastern. After graduating high school, she held internships in London and Taiwan, where she gained crucial experience before heading to college. Now at Northeastern, she is applying that knowledge to her current co-op position at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit based in Cambridge, Mass.
Schulte-Bockum is part of IHI’s new business development team, which is responsible for overseeing burgeoning business partnerships. She’s also involved in the pilot for a new course on end-of-life care in its Open School program, which includes more than 20 free classes on six topics including leadership, patient safety, and quality improvement.
“IHI’s three aims are to lower costs, improve quality, and improve population health,” explained Schulte-Bockum, a combined major in international affairs and economics. “It sounds simple, but improving care and lowering cost at the same time are sometimes mutually exclusive goals that we spend years finding creative solutions for.”