Jobs, Volunteering & Internships

California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) is a charitable non-profit dedicated to promoting cooperatives as a vibrant business model, in order to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities through education, development and technical assistance. CCCD helps people realize opportunities by working together through cooperative enterprises.

Currently open positions with the California Center for Cooperative Development:

Position Application End Date:
VISTA Communications Associate 3/05/21
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities Ongoing

Inquiries by e-mail only
The California Center for Cooperative Development is an equal opportunity employer


VISTA Communications Associate

This position will be supporting CCCD in the development of a worker-owned home care cooperative, Co-op Home Care. The co-op is an economic initiative that aims to address two needs in the community: the shortage of home care services for the elderly and the low wages and poor working conditions of home care workers.
Communications Associate will work with the Cooperative Facilitator and members in supporting cooperative success through outreach, education and marketing that informs the community about the co-op, and helps the co-op business thrive. Responsibilities include assisting with:

  • Identifying and conducting outreach to community organizations to initiate professional relationships between the cooperative and potential stakeholders
  • Developing and utilizing an outreach toolkit that incorporates social media, website posts and other forms of outreach
  • Caregiver recruitment to grow job creation
  • Encouraging worker-members to become community ambassadors by helping them learn skills associated with engendering professionalism
  • Coordinating group presentations and workshops within the local community to promote the co-op's mission and services
  • Assisting in designing an evaluation system and materials to be used for gathering member and client feedback
  • Attend local community events and engage in other promotional events with worker-members
  • Organizing fundraising events and other community engagement opportunities

CCCD Position: This is a full-time position with a year-long commitment. The VISTA will be expected to work 35 hours per week; weekdays and occasional weekends or evenings. The VISTA’s service will begin on 4/12/21 and continue through 4/12/22. CCCD encourages professional growth through support to attend related conferences and trainings, reimbursement for work-related travel, as well as a monthly gift card to shop at the Davis Food Co-op. Holidays and time off is provided within the VISTA monthly living allowance.

Info About VISTA & Benefits: AmeriCorps VISTA is an opportunity to provide service to improve communities while gaining valuable experiences and professional development training.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer will receive a modest monthly living allowance of $1,333 in addition to healthcare benefits and end of service award (choice of a Segal Education Award worth approx. $6,000 or a cash stipend of $1,800). VISTAs are also eligible for the NCE hiring path to federal agencies.
Eligible VISTAs may also receive a relocation allowance and childcare benefit. Details can be found here:

When & How to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as received, and accepted through Friday, March 5, 2021.
Applicants will need to create an account on, if they don’t already have one:
Once you have registered, applicants will need to apply directly through the job listing on AmeriCorps website:
Once your application has been received and reviewed, you may be contacted by CCCD for an interview. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email Jamie Duong at

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university plus skills listed.


  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Competency using Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Word
  • Experience and comfort with computer and web-based communications: Facebook, website posting and email communication programs like Constant Contact
  • Self-motivated, highly organized team player
  • Ability to professional communicate verbally and in writing
  • Able to set priorities and creatively problem-solve
  • Ability and comfort with juggling multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment
  • An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit


Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

CCCD welcomes applications for volunteer internships. Interns gain hands-on learning experiences but do not receive monetary compensation. Interns who are selected will work with staff to create a job description so that they have a defined focus.
Following are some of the areas where CCCD interns and volunteers have previously assisted:

  • Research related to addressing economic and social issues using the cooperative business model including: agricultural cooperatives, housing cooperatives, child care cooperatives, worker cooperatives and other co-ops.
  • Economic feasibility studies or business plans.
  • Graphic Design: Creating promotional and educational materials using Adobe InDesign compatible software.
  • Conference or event planning: organizing and implementation.
  • Data entry and building databases.
  • Grants: identification, writing, and submission.
  • Social Media: Promotion and education of cooperatives and CCCD.
  • Writing and reviewing articles.
  • Website development and maintenance—For CCCD and cooperatives we develop
  • Videography—Cooperative education
  • Cooperative Development—includes assisting with the development process in specific cooperative sectors or projects (for example housing, agriculture, farming, worker co-ops, child care)
  • Contributing expertise in housing, community development, tech/programing, accounting, business development, language translation (Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, etc.) or other areas. 

Requirements and Skills
Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse cultures; and possess excellent computer skills in word processing (and, as applicable, in other areas such as spreadsheets, databases, adobe suite or other programs).  Must have the ability to work independently and be a team player.

Student internships are best suited for students who are juniors, seniors or in graduate school and have a major related to the area of work. We also welcome applications from non-student volunteers.

Time Commitment
Internships range from 10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months (or 2 quarters). Hours are flexible but generally involve traditional work hours and may include some evening and weekend hours if schedules permit.

Benefits Gained from a CCCD Internship
Interns enrich the work of our non-profit, and help CCCD further its mission by helping interns better understand cooperatives and our non-profit. Each internship has a particular focus or project to work on, and offers experience in one or more of the following areas: community development, writing, graphic design, research, business planning and development, event planning and implementation, applied agricultural economics, social media, grant writing, communication skills, data management, and work with people who come from many different backgrounds. Internships can help students integrate classroom knowledge with real-life experience, and provide anyone the opportunity to apply their skills and expertise, and generate a tangible product to showcase their abilities. We hope that interns also enrich their own lives by contributing to the cooperative movement. 

How Do I Apply?
To apply, please complete this application and submit it via email to: Subject: Internship