Applying to Intern

Eligibility

The following individuals are eligible to participate in the Cooperative Internship Network:

  • Current members of NASCO Active Member cooperatives
  • Former members of NASCO Active Member cooperatives who were members in the past 3 years
  • Current, dues-paying Individual Members of NASCO
  • NASCO Institute 2012-2016 attendees
  • Individuals who are sponsored by a NASCO Associate Member organization
Additionally, since each of this year's positions are located in the United States, interns must possess legal eligibility to work in the United States. NASCO and our host organizations do not have the means or expertise to assist applicants with visa applications.

Instructions for Applying

The following must be received by March 26, 2017 at 11:59pm CST:

  • Online application (including)
    • Short- and long-form responses to application prompts
    • Description of experience
    • Statement of internship preferences
    • Short statements of interest for individual internships
    • Résumé (upload)
    • Three references

Tips on Preparing Your Internship Application

The most important thing to keep in mind when preparing your application for internships is to make it look professional and to include all your information relevant to the particular placement.

Although the application form is quite detailed, it is very impersonal. Your résumé and responses to the application prompts are your chance to convince the host organization(s) that you are the right person for their internship.

Formatting Your Application Materials

There are many websites that have sample templates for résumés. Stick with simple, "clean" formats that are easy to read. Please save your application materials in one of the following formats: *.pdf*.doc, or *.rtf.

Evidence of Involvement with a Cooperative

Include your involvement with your co-op as experience on your résumé and in your application responses. You should include positions that you have held (i.e. House Manager, Maintenance Coordinator, board member etc.) and include a brief description of your responsibilities.

Examples:

  • Treasurer: Paid monthly bills. Monitored house's cash flow. Prepared yearly budget. Collected rent  from members. Maintained member accounts.
  • Kitchen Manager: Prepared weekly menus for 20-person house. Monitored and maintained food and supply  inventory. Prepared shopping and ordering lists. Budgeted for kitchen expenses.
  • House Education Officer: Planned social and educational events for house. Served on corporate Education committee to plan co-op wide events, edited monthly  newsletter.
  • Board Member: Elected as a  director for 500 members, $7 million cooperative organization. Made policy decisions concerning personnel, finances, and maintenance.  Served on long range planning committee.

Also include and skills that you utilized in your co-op.  Some skills that cooperative employers seek:

  • Financial Skills: basic  bookkeeping and accounting skills, ability to read a financial  statements, ability to develop and follow budgets, ability to  reconcile bank statements, experience as a house or corporate  treasurer.
  • Leadership Abilities: elected  positions such as president, treasurer, etc.; supervision of others  and ability to delegate responsibilities.
  • Writing and Layout Skills: copy editing, desktop publishing; graphic design, newsletter or newspaper or owner's manual editor.
  • Member Education: development of  member orientations, officer training manuals and events, board of directors training, prospective member promotion, co-op and  community relations.
  • Development Experience: an  understanding of project financing, real estate feasibility  projections, and loan applications.
  • Collective Decision Making Experience: experience as a member of a worker collective or other democratically managed organization; participation in house, board,  committee, or other meetings; experience using consensus decision making and/or conflict resolution; facilitation skills; team building activities.
  • Volunteer Experience: experience as a volunteer for organizations such as crises centers, suicide hotlines, runaway shelters, homeless shelters, schools, tutoring  programs, day care, hospitals, local food co-ops or buying clubs, etc. show a commitment to your community and a high level of  responsibility.
  • Time Management: experience working under a deadline, developing and executing projects.
  • Computer Experience: computer skills and use, programming skills.

Specific Job Experience and  Employment Goals

Be specific about the skills you have and the skill you wish to acquire. If you do not have a lot of experience in an area but would like a job in that area, you must convince the potential employer that you are capable and willing to learn the job. You might want to explain your motivations for gaining experience in this new area and mention skills that you want to gain or further develop. It is also helpful to explain in the application how the internship fits into your immediate and long-term career goals.

Further Resources

There are many resources available to help you prepare a high quality résumé. The first place you should check out is your campus career center. Often the center will have books with different samples of résumés, and some will have counselors to offer you suggestions for improvements. Another great place to look is online - a search for "resume writing" will produce many hits.

For more information, email Ratih at ratih@nasco.coop and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates!