The certificate is credit-based, involving 15 credits of coursework and an approved 6-credit (240 hour) field-based research internship with, or related to, a cooperative enterprise. Students gain experience in doing applied economic research in the context of collaboration with faculty, other students, and owner/managers of cooperative firms.
A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Learn more about co-ops at the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) website: ica.coop
2020 Co-op Posters: Check out the great work of these interns
The certificate is open to undergraduate students matriculated at UMass Amherst of any major.
The 15-credit requirement for coursework can be met by a combination of 3- or 4-credit courses. Students also need to complete an approved 6-credit field-based research internship. Organizations that students have worked with include the following:
Neigboring Food Co-op Association
Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives
Common Share Food Co-op
Dorchester Food Co-op
Franklin Community Co-op
Leverett Village Co-op
Internships are completed during the spring or summer and students meet with supervisors and faculty sponsors and other students to discuss their research. Students present their research results at a mini-conference at the end of their semester to which members of the Local Cooperative Community and the general public are invited.
Valerie Voorheis, Senior Lecturer
Co-op Certificate Coordinator
Department of Economics, 219 Crotty Hall