Call For Proposals

CEIA Conference 2018: Call for Proposals


We are excited to host the 55th Annual CEIA Conference in Charleston, Where History Is a Foundation For Innovation. You are invited to submit a conference session proposal to share your ideas and high impact practices with others in the field.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 11:59 P.M.

There are four kinds of opportunities to present a topic that advances the field of Cooperative Education and Internships.

Please click on the Google form below to submit your proposal:

CEIA Conference 2018: Call for Proposals

Please see the proposal outline in full in the attached PDF.  DO NOT use this form to submit your proposal, but as a guide for what to input into the google document. Deadline for submissions is 10/31/17.

There are four kinds of opportunities to present a topic that advances the field of Cooperative Education and Internships. You may choose from the following options:

  • Interactive Breakout Session (60 minutes) – presenters will present to and facilitate conversation with a group of 25 – 40 attendees.
  • Hot Topic Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes) – presenters will facilitate a small group discussion among 10 – 12 attendees of similar backgrounds interested in your topic.
  • Speed Session (20 minutes, repeated 3 times in an hour) – presenters will share a best practice with a group of 10 – 12 attendees.
  • Lightening Session (Pecha Kucha or Ignite style format– using a formula of 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length, with 20 slides, showing for 20 seconds each)

To increase your chances for selection, you may also indicate on the proposal form, your interest in being considered for all four types of sessions, as well as how the session would be adapted. Special consideration will be given to employers who submit presentation proposals. If you work for a college or university, please consider asking an employer partner to co-present with you.

Consider the following five categories when constructing your proposal. Examples of possible program topics are included, though the list is not exclusive.

Innovation – Small or big, what are you doing that is new and working well? The innovation may be new to your campus AND/OR new to the field. Facing the challenge of maintaining a secure place in the budget and adding value. Areas of interest include: technology, social media and marketing, creative funding for student experiences, creative use of budget, course development and teaching methods, workforce development, and student development.

Relationship Building – What are the most effective methods and techniques for developing relationships and increasing engagement with campus partners, faculty, students, and employers? Areas of interest include: developing students into professionals, generational differences in the workplace and on campus, changing leadership perspectives, staff development, maintaining and growing relationships in the face of changes in structure and finances.

Assessment and Structure – Almost every college and company structures internships and cooperative education differently. How do you do what you do? What is the structure of your program? And, how do you know it is working? Areas of interest include: student learning outcomes and assessments, program outcomes, assessing effectiveness of services, using data to make decisions, how to collect and analyze great data, structure of co-op and/or internship program, curriculum development, zero credit internships, transcript notation, grant writing, moving towards Experiential Education as a graduation requirement, developing, maintaining and leveraging institutional support.

Diversity and Inclusion – How do you ensure equity and access for all? Areas of interest include: making and maintaining global connections, effective outreach to and effective planning for underrepresented populations and international students, helping students navigate cultural differences in the workplace, partnerships with diverse student groups, navigating accessible workspaces, understanding why some students fail at co-op/internships, staff education around privilege and inclusion, inclusive career development theories and practice, universal design in student experiences at work and on campus.

Legal, Legal, Legal – Assessing & Mitigating Risks – How are you and your organization navigating workforce laws? Areas of interest include: current recruiting policies and laws in your country, US Dept. of Labor FLSA Guidelines and the changing judicial interpretations, US Title IX compliance, coordinating experiences for visiting international students including OPT and CPT within the US, hiring internationally, US Affordable Care Act and its impact on student experiences, managing interns and co-ops, navigating the new overtime pay rules in the US, ethical employer outreach strategies.

10 Tips for Submitting a Proposal

Questions/Who to Contact
For session clarification, please contact Sarah Burrows, Providence Collage, by email . For general conference information, please email .

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