The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for people who use cooperative businesses to build a better world and a more inclusive economy in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 85 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA’s International Department is seeking a Cooperatives Knowledge Management Intern to assist with developing cooperative development tools, training manuals, checklists, and other documents related to our approach and methodology and historical knowledge. This internship is in Washington, D.C. and is a paid internship.


  • Assists NCBA CLUSA’s International Department in cataloguing information from over 100 years of experience in developing cooperative development tools, training manuals, checklists, and other documents related to our approach and methodology.
  • Along with the Cooperative Practice team, organizes these documents and develops a set of standard tools representative of the information in our decades of experience in cooperative development.
  • Contributes to the development of a refreshed tool kit, designed with adult learning methods in mind. The aim is to establish tool-kits which are enjoyable and engaging for both the trainers and participants.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for flexibility in capacity building, creating kits which will be modular and adaptable to support different contexts/needs and support quality assurance in programming.
  • Reviews and catalogues the cooperative development tools, flagging those with elements that can inform the design of our updating cooperative training kit.
  • Provides support to other related tasks as needed by the Cooperative Practice team.


  • The right candidate will be a current student who has completed at least one year of higher education pursuing a degree in library sciences, information management, knowledge management, organizational learning, international development, international affairs, and/or a relevant advanced degree.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, research and writing skills
  • The applicant should have an interest in learning about the cooperative business model as an instrument for connecting developing countries and emerging markets to trusted and important networks, both domestically and internationally.
  • Students with an appreciation of the role of cooperatives in economic development, resilience, social cohesion, access to finance and other outcomes including nutrition and health would be preferred.
  • Experience in developing or using practical training guides would be a plus.
  • The candidate should be able to review volumes of material, synthesize key themes, and begin to frame (or potentially fully design) the draft basic cooperative training kit.
  • Experience and interest with adult learning methods, training methods and models
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, general computing and internet.
  • Enjoy interacting with a diverse workforce in a pleasant manner


To perform this job successfully the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


None required


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others.  The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 lbs. and lift up to 10 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and should remain low to moderate during normal business hours. The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


The Cooperatives Knowledge Management Intern reports to The Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning Specialist and Cooperative Development Director works closely with their school’s internship liaison. S/he is expected to work in a positive, professional manner with all NCBA CLUSA/CLUSA staff, former staff, members, potential members, vendors and the general public.

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NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202.638.6222.



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