Finding a “Cooperative” Summer Intern

Formed in 1968, the purpose of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is “to achieve a socially and financially responsible North American cooperative economic sector for all people and organizations interested in applying the principles and practices of cooperation.”

To further its goal of educating and organizing an emerging generation of cooperators, this non- profit 501C-3 organizes summer internships. An information webinar today, March 5 for all interested organizations to learn more. Their announcement follows.

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Host applications are open for NASCO’s Cooperative Internship Network

NASCO’s Cooperative Internship Network is a summer internship placement program designed to connect emerging cooperative leaders with co-ops, non-profits, and solidarity economy organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

NASCO’s 50 member organizations represent over 4,000 individuals, the majority of whom are youth living in housing cooperatives. Unlike average internship applicant pools, our members are entering the workforce with a wealth of cooperative experience, advanced democratic competencies, and a deep appreciation for the cooperative model.

Through the Cooperative Internship Network, NASCO processes host and intern applications, advertises the internships, identifies potential matches, places interns with host organizations, and supports communication between hosts and interns. Hosts simply design their internship, conduct interviews, and select from a list of applicants they would consider offering a position to.

This year we are only accepting remote internships for our network in order to ensure safe working environments for all interns. All internships must provide an hourly living wage or stipend.

If you’re considering hosting an intern this summer, we welcome you to join us for an informational call on March 5 at 12:30 pm CST. This 1-hour call will open with an overview of the Internship Network, lead to anecdotes and advice gathered from participants, and will close with a brief Q&A. 

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