Hosting an Intern

Why host an intern?

By hosting an intern, your co-op, non-profit, or business does more than meet project needs; you are building the skills and experience of the next generation of movement builders. You are training future co-op and community leaders today.

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 leadership positions in their co-ops, many applicants have honed valuable skills relating to nonprofit governance, financial literacy, personnel management, organizational development, conflict resolution, member education, maintenance, kitchen management, and community organizing.


Overview of Process

  • One-on-one meetings between NASCO staff and hosts for support developing meaningful internship positions
  • Internship positions listed on NASCO website

  • Internship program posters mailed to NASCO members (50 co-ops, 4,000 individuals)

  • Internship positions advertised through NASCO’s newsletter (3,000+), Facebook (2,000+), and Twitter (1,800+) followers

  • Applications from interns (general information, short/long responses, resume, and references) compiled and sent to hosts for review

  • Other applicants that are good fits for specific positions will be encouraged to apply

  • NASCO staff will support host in communicating with applicants and  ranking applications

  • NASCO staff matches interns with hosts based on intern and host preferences

NASCO encourages internship hosts to provide:

  1. A meaningful internship of at least three months which allows the intern to develop specific employable skills. Take a look at this list of previous positions for inspiration.

  2. Mentoring to ensure mutual learning benefits for the host organizations and the intern.

  3. Educational activities organized for the intern to demonstrate the values and principles of cooperative and community organizations.

Eligible Hosts

Internship host organizations must be located in Canada or the United States and must be one of the following types of organizations:

  • Cooperative businesses

  • Associations of cooperatives

  • Cooperative development organizations

  • Organizations that support cooperatives

  • Solidarity Economy/New Economy organizations

Compensation Guidelines

In order to create positions that are accessible to low-income applicants, host organizations must at least provide the following compensation to interns:

  • Full-time (30-40 hrs/week): Provide living wage hourly rates, room/board plus living wage stipend, or a combination of hourly wages/ stipend/ room/ board based on living wage.

  • Part-time (10-30 hrs/week): Provide living wage hourly rates or room/board.

  • Less than part-time (Less than 10 hrs/week): Internships that are less than 10 hrs/week may be uncompensated if an organization has very limited funds, however providing a stipend is strongly encouraged in order to make internships accessible to people of limited means.

We encourage all hosts to consider covering a combination of room/board, hourly rate, or stipends towards moving expenses in order to make these internships supportive to low-income students and community members.

If you cannot afford to hire your own intern for the summer, consider partnering with another organization in your area. This can create more rounded positions for interns while making the internship more affordable for hosts. Be creative, and explore cross-sectoral partnerships– housing cooperatives can partner with other organizations, for example, providing free housing while the other host provides a monetary stipend.

Program Fees

NASCO Members: Participating in the program is free for NASCO member organizations for up to three postings. For every posting after that there is a $50 processing fee.

Non-members: A $50 USD non-refundable deposit is required with the application for non-members. If matching is successful, there is an additional $150 program fee. Organizations with limited funds may apply for fee discounts.

Unsure if your organization is a member of NASCO? Email us, and we'll let you know.

Info Sessions

If you're considering hosting an intern this summer, we welcome you to join us for one of two informational calls. We will be hosting informational calls on Zoom for all prospective internship hosts on Friday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 pm CT and Friday, March 7 at 12:30 pm CT. These ~1 hour-long-calls 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. 

Here are some links to RSVP for the session you would like to attend:

Feb 28, 2020, 12:30 PM Central Time

Mar 7, 2020, 12:30 PM Central Time


Apply to Host an Intern

Application deadline: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:59 PM CT