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North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship Intern

Nexus Community Partners


Organization Summary:

Nexus Community Partners ( is a community-building intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.” We work to make sure that communities of color are at the forefront of making decisions that impact them and that they have the power and tools to generate and maintain wealth.

The major activities that Nexus engages in are:

Systems Change: As an intermediary, we bridge partnerships between other funders, partners in the public sector, and community partners (such as neighborhood organizations and small nonprofits) to develop more equitable systems in areas like transit planning, philanthropy, and public health.

Capacity Building Support: As a funder, we strengthen the power of on-the-ground organizations in communities of color through financial support and technical assistance. We help these organizations build their leadership and organizational infrastructure, develop programs, implement community engagement strategies, improve their fundraising, and more.

Building Leaders: We provide leadership development opportunities for people of color interested in influencing public policy and developing community wealth through cooperative economics. 


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Community Building, Volunteerism, Philanthropy
Category: Administration Support Services Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Paid Salary: $15/hr
Hours: PT - 15 hours/week 

Primary Duties:

North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship

The Nexus Community Partners North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is a 4-month cohort-based program, providing participants with a history of cooperative economics in the Black community nationally and in the Twin Cities. North Star participants rethink capitalism through learning about the history of cooperative economics in local and national Black communities. In addition, the fellowship provides a power analysis of Minnesota cooperative institutions from cooperative businesses to financial establishments; provides participants with knowledge of the cooperative landscape, cooperative skills and tools, and financing opportunities; helps learners identify and target cooperative business boards, with the goal of building power in the cooperative sector; and finally, design a cooperative economic project (at any scale), along with a strategy for achieving that project.

Position Responsibilities


Cohort Engagement and Support (40%)

  • Support program staff in the planning and managing logistics of the second NSBCF, including training sessions and program events
  • Participate in cohort meetings, take notes and help to pull out themes, learnings, etc.
  • Assist with cohort evaluation processes.
  • Attend cohort training sessions on the following dates: Session 4: Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-5:00pm, Session 5: Saturday, February 24, 10:00am-5:00pm, Session 6: Saturday, April 7, 10:00am-5:00p, Graduation: Thursday, April 19  5:30-8:00pm

Communications (10%)

  • Work with program staff to develop specific communication tools and resources for NSBCF
  • Support Nexus’ communication efforts utilizing social media and Nexus’ website.
  • Support Nexus’ efforts to produce learning tools and resources for a broad audience.


Research and Technical Support (50%)

  • Black Cooperative Economic research related to national enterprises as well as cooperative investment nationally.
  • Develop or contribute research to a Black Cooperative Economics workshop session on topics from understanding capitalism, coop governance, investment and the local history of Black Coops.

Other projects as assigned



  • Knowledge of Black history, policy, and culture - Required
  • Work and/or volunteer experience in nonprofits, racial justice, organizing in Black communities – Preferred
  • Master’s level degree in progress – a plus (not required)
  • Event planning experience (coordination of details including location, food, RSVP list, technology needs, etc.) – a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • Active learning and critical thinking competencies
  • Multi-tasking and organization skills, including attention to detail.
  • Research interest or experience preferred
  • Artistic and creative skills are desired


How To Apply:

The ideal candidate would be able to start ASAP and work through the first week of May 2018.  This is a part time, temporary internship working approximately 15 hours per week paying $15.00/hour.

The intern will report the the Minneapolis Program Officer.  Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email ASAP to Felicia Ring at





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