NUBridge: Accelerating Your Career Readiness


NUBridge is an agile and market-driven skills development program hosted at our Silicon Valley regional campus.

With an all-inclusive fee of $1,250, this immersive experience is designed to be value-orientated and feasible for newly minted prospective employees and recent graduates who are looking to enhance their capabilities, confidence, and networks.

Starting on September 11, 2020, offered in person or 100% online, the NUBridge experience, facilitated by Northeastern University’s leading industry partners in Silicon Valley, will equip you with the skills needed to adapt and respond to ever-changing market demands, meet employer-focused characteristics and management competencies – ranging from product marketing to introductory coding for non-computer science majors.

Upon completion of this program, participants will:

  • Gain a competitive advantage in the market through in-demand skills taught in the NUBridge program
  • Expand professional connections by participating in networking opportunities
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion to publish on your LinkedIn profiles

NUBridge a streamlined transition to the start of a career. It includes a mix of non-credit lectures, experiential activities, and networking opportunities. The program will be offered at the Silicon Valley campus and will include in-person activities and events where possible.

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What you'll study

Designed and delivered by Silicon Valley leaders from companies including Google & Salesforce, the curriculum for NUBridge is designed to help you take charge of your job search and market yourself effectively. Our goal is to foster a community and support structure for job-seekers and recent graduates who are looking to bring certainty back into their careers, adapt to changing markets and take control of their future.

Please click the link below to download the class schedule.

The content for online participants will be delivered via Zoom. Class dates and times are subject to change. Please refer to the website for the most updated information.

Modules for Fall 2020

  • Strategy development and positioning
  • Essential finance
  • Managing teams and culture
  • The art of project management
  • Legal aspects of a business
  • The art of negotiation


  • Operations and manufacturing
  • Marketing and product management
  • Managing conflicts and other human resources issues
  • Running an efficient organization and office rules
  • Building a support ecosystem and work-life balance
  • Coding for non-computer science professionals
    *Not required for engineering or computer science degree majors

What Our Students Say


“This was definitely new information to me. I have been attending workshops and classes for over a year and have reached a point where it sounds like a broken record. New info is tremendously valuable.”  – Caitlin O’Meara.       


I really liked the NUBridge sessions. The sessions are well-paced and relevant to any career overall, which is great as we all come from very different backgrounds.”  -Riyad Douedari. 



Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar is a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley, Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology and a professor of the practice at Brown University. He has taught entrepreneurship and new venture finance since 2005. As a serial entrepreneur, he co-founded and served as the CEO of several companies, including Bitzer Mobile, which was acquired by Oracle in November 2013. He is currently the CEO of TeleSense, an industrial internet of things company. Zafar has published several cases in Harvard Business Publishing and has authored five books. He has an ScB degree from Brown University.

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Jennifer Skene, PhD

Jennifer Skene is a senior product manager at Carbon Five, a collaborative product development consultancy, and has worked with Mixmax and Inkling. She has a ScB degree from Brown University and PhD from UC Berkeley.

Module Focus: Job Interviews and Job Hunt
● Identify five qualities that you want an interviewer to remember about you, and then find five stories/examples where you exhibited those qualities.
● Use these anecdotes to answer typical job interview questions such as "tell me about a time you had a conflict with another person" and "tell me about a time you made a mistake.“
● Anyone who is currently seeking a job can benefit from this tactical advice
● Curate your LinkedIn profile.

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Sophie Asher

Sophie Asher leads Product Marketing at product board, after having built her career in GTM strategy at Salesforce and Twilio. She graduated from Brown with a B.A. in Medieval Studies and started her career in finance, first at Bridgewater and then at a global investment firm. Following that, she moved into tech and helped drive Salesforce’s global enterprise, inside, and Asia-Pacific sales strategy. She moved into customer marketing at Salesforce’s email automation platform Pardot, and then moved to Twilio to build out and develop their customer marketing and advocacy program. While at Twilio Sophie was responsible for building out the first executive events program, customer advisory boards, sales enablement program, product launch process for 30+ products, and GTM strategy across the product portfolio. Sophie has spent significant time traveling and working with international teams, and is passionate about crafting narratives around technical products. In her spare time she is a certified yoga instructor, avid art aficionado, and runner.

Module Focus: GTM 101: How Tech Companies Drive Revenue

● In this module, we’ll provide an overview of what a go-to-market organization looks like at a typical tech company, and the role sales, marketing, and partnerships play in helping products reach their end customers. We’ll cover the core responsibilities and goals of each of these functions, and how they typically partner together successfully. You’ll learn what metrics companies focus on, and common tactics they employ to achieve them.
Sales & Marketing Technologies: An Overview
● The average sales and marketing organizations use more than 180+ applications to manage their business. What exactly are all these tools for? In this course, we’ll provide an overview of the types of technologies sales and marketing teams typically employ, and what the benefits and drawbacks of these technologies are. We’ll cover: Salesforce, Marketing Automation platforms like Marketo & Eloqua, Google Analytics, Looker, and more.
Finding the right company culture
● Companies, like universities, are unique. But unlike universities, it can sometimes be hard to tell from the outside what these differences are. In this module we’ll cover some examples of different company cultures, and the kinds of questions and signals you’ll want to keep an eye out for when you’re evaluating your next opportunity
Intro to Product Marketing
● Product marketing is a critical function at most tech companies but is also one of the hardest to describe. In this course we’ll talk through the primary objectives of product marketing, as well as some of the variations in roles and what to keep an eye out for when you’re looking for and interviewing for these kinds of jobs.
Marketing Organizations: Who’s Who in the Proverbial Zoo
● Marketing teams can be incredibly complex, and understanding the difference between demand gen, evangelism, and marketing ops is incredibly important for you to be able to position yourself effectively for a role. In addition, understanding how different marketing roles all work together will ensure you’re able to hit the ground running when you start your new job.

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Michael Rubin

Michael is currently working as a Director of Engineering, Kubernetes, GKE and Anthos with Google.
Module Focus:
● Defining career success
● Seeking work-life balance
Seeking mentors at work and picking the right projects

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Amanda Welsh Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Welsh is Faculty Director for the Leadership and Project Management Domain in the College of Professional Studies as well as being a Professor of the Practice to the Analytics & Enterprise Intelligence Domain.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Welsh worked for 25 years in the intersection of big data and media, founding two data-driven start-ups, Integrated Media Measurement Inc. (IMMI) and, as well as working as a Media Research Scientist at Google, and most recently as EVP, Data Science for The Nielsen Company where she designed and ran a global partner program. Dr. Welsh has published numerous articles on data collection including a book on consumer data tracking and privacy.

In addition to her business responsibilities, Amanda is active in the non-profit world as Executive Director for The Foundation for Scholarly Culture and, before that, on the Board of Directors for Raising a Reader, a national literacy/family engagement program. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from Harvard University.
Module Focus:
● How to conduct research  
● How to speak & articulate your thoughts so you can be heard
Impactful data presentation

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Gary Katzenstein Ph.D.

Gary's professional background covers three main areas: Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Innovation/Design Thinking, and International Management and Strategy. Having lived in Asia for over a decade (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong/China), He worked on strategic, organizational, and cross-cultural issues in both local companies and multi-nationals.
Module Focus: Organizational behavior & Leadership & Innovation
●Introduction to organizational politics 
●Understanding and using “influence”
●Solutions beneath the surface of organizational chaos
●“Usual Suspects” framework is a deceptively simple set of seven tools that, in tandem, tackle and tame much of the complexity and confusion

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Brian Strope

Brian worked as a Research Scientist at Google for 14 years. He helped start and improve Google's speech recognition, and later led research for Ray Kurzweil in natural language understanding. His team's projects help improve many of Google's public-facing applications. Before that he was part of the research team at the speech recognition company Nuance (the original Nuance). His dissertation was in auditory modeling and electrical engineering. Previously he designed workstations for Hewlett Packard. Today, he's a father and a full-time musician.
Module Focus
● Technical interviewing, from the other side
● Working across teams, aligning interests and social currency
● Picking the right company, for you
●Technical interviewing, from the other side
●Working across teams, aligning interests and social currency
●Picking the right company, for you

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Sarah Sellke, PhD

Sarah Sellke is an associate teaching professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern, she was a faculty member in the Statistics Department at Purdue University. She earned her PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue in 2010 specializing in ways to model security-related issues mathematically. Sellke also holds two masters’ degrees—one in mathematics and one in electrical and computer engineering.

Module Focus: Coding for the Uninitiated
●Introduction to algorithms; searching and sorting 
●Classroom scheduling and knapsack
●Problems modeling networks with graphs and graph searching algorithms.

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Evelyn Liu Sayers

Evelyn Sayers is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo where she has worked for more than 25 years through major mergers with First Interstate, Norwest, and Wachovia.

She holds a BA in economics and organizational behavior and management from Brown University and has completed extension courses in information systems, project management, and marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. Sayers has earned certifications in both project and program management and has served on the board of Next Generation Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to college access for underserved students

Module Focus: Project Management
● What is the project management paradigm?
● Who are all these people holding stakes?
● Project management career paths
● Project management for the nonproject manager

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Cynthia Harvey

Cynthia Harvey is a teacher-turned-nonprofitter who has held leadership roles in education and workforce development organizations. She earned an MA in education as a Regents' Special Fellow at UC Santa Barbara, where she TAed 14 education classes and helped launch a series of courses facilitating first-years' adjustment to life at a university. After graduate school, she moved to Goodwill of Silicon Valley, where she directed several social enterprise business lines and started the Training Department.

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What You’ll Learn

  • Who does what in the proverbial zoo” – deconstructing the org chart
  • Revenue Drivers in a company
  • How companies work & types of organization
  • Picking careers, the role of mentors & picking projects
  • Sales & marketing demystified
  • Agile & SCRUMs
  • Picking the right company & how to ace a tech interview
  • Job Search: resume, interview, curating your LinkedIn profile
  • Understanding Influence: Power politics of an organization
  • Negotiation skills
  • How to understand and navigate company culture
  • Basics of product marketing
  • Finance essentials
  • CS Basics: Intro of Coding – Analytics
  • Computer Science Basics: Algorithms & search
  • CS Basics: Modeling networks/graph search

  • Operations and manufacturing
  • Marketing and product management
  • Managing conflicts and other human resources issues
  • Running an efficient organization and office rules
  • Building a support ecosystem and work-life balance
  • Coding for non-computer science professionals.

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