Let us help you find your summer intern
Final Call - Apply to Host an Intern at Your Co-op or Org

Apply to host an intern through NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network by Sunday, March 20, 2022. This year we are accepting both in-person and remote internships for our network. Internship listings will be posted on March 25. 

Learn more here 


Members Corner

We've extended the deadline for our Annual Member Survey through the end of the month and we want to hear from as many member co-op residents as possible!

Take 5-7 minutes to fill out our member survey for a chance to win art, chocolate, books, posters, and more for you and your co-op!

Members in the News

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Building Co-op Community: Housing cooperative provides Athens residents with more than affordable rent

Firehouse Co-op members and NASCO staff share thoughts on the potential of housing co-ops to provide community and alleviate the financial burden of high rent for Athens residents.

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Movement News

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Slated for demolition, one of the last student co-ops on UW-Madison campus seeks housing solution

Residents at Zoe Bayliss Women’s Cooperative are pleading with the University of Wisconsin-Madison
for a solution to their soon-to-be-demolished building.

Read more here and here

150 Years of Student Housing Co-ops

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In case you missed it on our social media, 2022 marks 150 years of student housing co-ops!

After the US Civil War, there was a wave of female students and teachers into universities, which rarely provided housing options for women. Many women had to look for boarding houses off-campus and were often refused by landlords.

In 1872, the Women’s Educational Aid Association in Evanston, IL pooled resources to purchase a house for the students of Evanston College for Ladies and operated it on a cooperative plan. It was called College Cottage and it stayed in operation for over 100 years.

In Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive, author Jim Jones details the cooperative plan of College Cottage and cites it as the first known example of what would later be called a student housing co-op.

Get your own copy of Hasten Slowly to learn more about College Cottage and how the group equity housing co-op movement has evolved since.

Image courtesy of Northwestern Digital Archives

Upcoming Events

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Budget Fluency
April 1, 2022 FIC

On April 1, NASCO's Liz Anderson and Daniel Miller will be presenting Budget Fluency with the Foundation for Intentional Community. This session is designed to help you ⁠— as well as your group, donors, staff, and/or board members ⁠—understand the impact of budgets on your community.  Register here

Operationalizing thee Co-op Identity
Operationalizing the Co-operative Identity – Strategy to Practice
April 4-5, 2022 Saint Mary's University

This participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the cooperative identity including how purpose, values, and principles translate into enterprise strategy and effective practice. Learn more


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