For Students

What’s a co-op?

Cooperatives are a business structure owned by persons using services of the enterprise. They are formed by persons who share a common problem that can only be solved by working together.

Student class presentation

Cornell Cooperative Business Management (AEM 3260/5260)

The CEP provides resources to students enrolled in the Cooperative Business Management class. The course explores the fundamental principles, structure, finance, management, and governance associated with the co-op business model, with a focus on agricultural cooperatives. Analyses of the cooperative business organization within the modern economy are emphasized through a mix of lectures, guest speakers, and case study discussion. Unique to the class is the experiential learning projects where study groups of 3 to 4 students take the knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it to an issue of importance to a cooperative business client.

People talking to each other during a meal

Students can be the guests at the NECC’s annual Cooperative Leaders Forum held in conjunction with the CoBank Northeast Customer meeting in late February or early March. The NECC is an educational organization of agricultural cooperatives, Farm Credit associations, and professional service providers conducting business in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  Students network agricultural leaders, build understanding of the issues confronting the farm and food sector, gain knowledge of the cooperative enterprise and opportunities for employment, membership, and leadership. The Aspiring Leaders breakfast at the Cooperative Leaders Forum provides a means for students to meet informally with co-op leaders. The meeting is held in conjunction with the CoBank, ACB Northeast Customer meeting in late February or early March each year.

Students receiving the CIRA award

NECC Cooperative Internship Recognition Award

The NECC Cooperative Internship Recognition Award (CIRA) recognizes up to 5 students who successfully complete an internship with an NECC member organization. Students should be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic states. The award is based on the internship, scholarship, and leadership of the applicant.