Shared Capital Cooperative - Social Impact Data & Research Intern

Co-op / Organization: 
Shared Capital Cooperative
Remote position; Co-op located in St. Paul, MN
Type of Organization: 
Cooperatively owned loan fund
Brief Description of Organization: 

Shared Capital Cooperative is a cooperatively owned community development loan fund committed to fostering a just, equitable and democratic economy by investing in the development and growth of cooperative enterprises.  As a federally certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), Shared Capital provides financing for cooperatives, including worker, consumer and producer-owned businesses and housing cooperatives, especially those organized by economically marginalized communities. Shared Capital is democratically owned and governed by 250 cooperatives across 36 states. Shared Capital is a $17 million loan fund with a 40-year successful track record.

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Position Title: 
Social Impact Data & Research Intern
Position Duties: 

The Social Impact Data & Research Intern reports to the Loan Officer and works closely with Lending and Membership staff. The Intern is expected to engage in the following activities:

Social Impact Measurement & Data Management

  • Assess current social impact data and identify gaps in database and gather and input missing financial and impact data;

  • Develop compelling means to articulate the social impact of Shared Capital’s work to potential supporters;

  • Be knowledgeable about current practices in social impact data gathering, ensuring our systems are of high quality and utility for internal and external reporting;

  • Compile, organize and disseminate internal data in a format that is widely understandable and accessible to staff, assisting them in articulating impact to a wide variety of audiences;

  • Track data and generate reports to assist grant writing staff with their application and reporting tasks;

  • Become familiar with census data sites, CDFI Fund site and other resources for gathering and analyzing social impact data.

  • Input ongoing financial and impact monitoring data

  • Work with Director of Member Relations on member engagement process improvements related to gathering member data

  • Work with Shared Capital team to update and implement member survey using social impact measurement insights; will involve connecting with Shared Capital members through email, phone and videoconference

  • Research and produce short (2-3 page) reports on sector specific issues including but not limited to, wealth building models in housing co-op portfolio, job quality assessment in worker owned co-op portfolio and equitable food access programs in food co-op portfolio 

  • Other projects as assigned

Position Training: 

Supervisor and staff will provide training on how to research social impact metrics and how to update and work with Shared Capital social impact metric databases.

Skills Development & Learning: 
  • Social impact strategy development
  • Survey design 
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Research 
Compensation ($): 
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Working Hours: 
Total Hours of Work Per Week: 
15-40, depending on intern preference