Creating new internship programs are not as easy as it seems. There is a lot of planning, organization, and patience involved. On July 15, 2016 Coworking with Iris held a webinar featuring Stephanie Bermudez one of the board members for COSHARE: The National Coworking Association and master internship program creator who talked about the process of creating internship programs for coworking spaces.
The webinar is 50 minutes long and you can watch it now!
Iris Kavanagh became a member of a coworking space in January of 2009, got hooked on the magic and jumped behind the curtain to run the space, which proved to be an amazing experience. As the Chief Community Officer of NextSpace, Iris helped grow the company from an idea to nine locations, +1500 members and 36 employees. Her primary role was to communicate and instill the organization’s culture in each new location. Her guidance helped the staff develop vibrant communities, push the definition of collaboration, and convey the culture to visitors and prospective new employees. Along the way, Iris co-founded the two coworking industry associations, LExC and COSHARE, and co-developed industry specific events including leading the unconference at GCUC for two years. With 7 years of experience as a leader in the people centric shared workspace industry Iris now consults with owners and operators on operations, design, staffing and community building. She leads community manager mastermind groups and heads up the COSHARE board of directors. Her passion is helping people to work happier, which she believes is a result of working around great people, working with a purpose and working in a space that inspires a culture of collaboration and creativity.
Stephanie Bermudez is training the new work force. With a background in developing youth entrepreneurs and creating internship programs, Stephanie has spearheaded COSHARE’s Coworking Internship pilot program. I’ll talk with Stephanie about how coworking spaces can create internship programs that enrich the intern and the community. We will also address best practices for working with Millennials (hint, she is one!)