The Co-operative Career Internship Program Underway!

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After a flurry of activity in the weeks
preceding Christmas, BCCA launched the Co-operative Career Intern Program with
placements of seven young interns. This is a new program that is offered
exclusively to BCCA members and in this, our first year, the program is off to
a strong start. A two-day orientation session was held on Jan. 28th
and 29th for all our new interns to prepare them for their
placements within their host organizations and topics included Goal Setting,
Types of Co-op Models, The Economics of Co-ops, and The History and Philosophy
of Co-ops. The orientation session also included guest speakers, workshops, a
co-op tour, as well as a chance for interns to network and get to know one
another. Both the facilitators and participants provided staff with very
positive feedback  – not to mention that
the session was an all-around fun time!

The intern placements started successfully on
Feb. 1st, 2010 and will run until June 25th, 2010. The
host organizations, all members of BCCA, represent a wide range of co-op models
from around BC. From credit unions to consulting firms, all offer a unique
opportunity to post-secondary educated youth to experience our thriving
co-operative sector here in BC. In return, the host organizations receive
financial support from Service Canada, as well as smart, enthusiastic young
interns to contribute to their organizations. This year’s host organizations
are:

  • Co-op Housing Federation of BC
  • Envision Financial
  • Sustainability Solutions Group
  • The Co-operators
  • United Community Services Co-op
  • Vancity

BCCA is very pleased to be able to support our
member organizations through this program, while contributing to the education
of BC youth about co-operatives and credit unions and their unique role in
British Columbia. Although this is our first offering of the Co-operative
Career Internship Program, we feel confident this is the beginning of something
great that will only grow with time.

Tehya Mackenzie
Youth Intern Co-ordinator