Best Practices Award


As Cooperative Education and Internship professionals, we are frequently tasked to develop innovative solutions to a variety of program issues and problems. The purpose of the CEIA’s Best Practice Award is to spotlight these new approaches and their application to other programs nationwide.

Current Recipient: 

Sarasota-Manatee Arts & Humanities Internship Program, New College of Florida
Maddie Tympanick, New College of Florida

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Nomination Deadline:

November 1

Definition of a Best Practice:

  • A best practice is any program, project, process, procedure, or strategy that has produced a positive change in one or more of a program’s core operations, and which:
  • Measurably improves the efficiency or effectiveness of service or support systems for your program;
  • Is replicable with modification in other school programs
  • Is an innovative or creative solution to the problem addressed.


All current, active CEIA individual or organizational members are eligible.


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Please complete a nomination via the link below, including a narrative (formatted in Word), not to exceed two pages, single spaced, describing the need or problem, the solution developed and implemented by the organization/institution, and an evaluation of the program/project. (As you write your narrative, please keep in mind you are writing for your peers, so you should provide enough detail regarding what, why, and how, should another program or organization wants to replicate your program or project.)  Nominations may also include supporting documents, such as brochures, newspaper articles, letters of support, photographs, etc.

Supporting materials may be requested by the committee if necessary.

Click here to view a sample pdf of nomination form.