Annual Conference 2020

The 57th Annual Cooperative Education & Internship Association Conference will celebrate the heart of our profession: students. Coast to Coast: Empowering Student Success will serve as the central theme to highlight accomplishments and new strategies of expanding access to quality, work-integrated learning experiences.

CEIA is pleased to host VIRTUALLY in San Diego! 12 different conference sessions will be offered FREE as Zoom webinars. Join us April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. Review the webinar schedule below. Click on the registration link for EACH session that you plan to attend. The registration process only takes a few seconds. You will then receive an email from Zoom with log-in details.

We hope VIRTUALLY in San Diego will be a welcome distraction for you and a way for us to come together.

A tremendous thank you to our 2020 San Diego Conference Committee! 

We will #CEIAinSanDiego for #2020CEIA!

2020 CEIA Conference Chair
Andrew D. Harper
St. Edward’s University

Virtually in San Diego Schedule

Review the webinar schedule below. All sessions are 1-hour max. Click on the registration link for EACH session that you plan to attend. The registration process only takes a few seconds. You will then receive an email from Zoom with log-in details.

10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EST – Conference Welcome Address

Andrew Harper, St. Edwards University, CEIA 2020 Conference Chair

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11:00 a.m. CDT, 12:00 p.m. EST – Keynote Speaker

Brian Galicia, Microsoft – LinkedIn

In this new normal of work from home, connecting digitally is even more relevant for students. In this session, learn from Brian Galicia (, a senior director at Microsoft. Over his thirteen year career at Microsoft in many different marketing and sales roles, Brian has developed a deep passion for leveraging and evangelizing the use of LinkedIn to not only turn relationships into revenue for sales professionals but also leverage the platform for students to build their professional networks to land their 1st job. He is also about to publish his first book with a co-author in Spring 2020, LinkedIn for Sales.

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2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 p.m. EST Revitalizing STEM Education Through Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Autumn Russell – MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

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What does it take to build a CTE program from the ground up? What are the 15 elements necessary to ensure success? Hear lessons learned from MAGNET’s groundbreaking youth apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing, and best practices for breaking the mold in your CTE programs.

10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EST – So you have the data, now what?

Makesha Dockery, Georgia State University

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This session is designed to assist individuals who have the task of collecting data for any variety of programs, initiatives and/or projects as well as provide insight on how to walk through the process of making the data real. If you are unsure about how to unpack what the data means and how to gather enough information to support your objectives; then this is the session for you!

12:00 p.m. CDT, 1:00 p.m.  EST – Work Term Evaluations Using the NACE Career Competencies

Charlie Wilder, Auburn University and Randy Bitting, SkillSurvey

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Auburn University, a founding member of the Career Readiness Project, leveraged an HR platform developed by I/O psychologists to have their co-op students’ proficiency assessed without bias in the workplace at the most granular level—the extent to which a student engaged in 28-30 behaviors that map to the eight NACE competencies. This session will cover the project findings at Auburn and nationally, including the analysis of student ratings from 15,000+ supervisors and coworkers.

2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 p.m. EST – CEIA COVID-19 CONVERSATIONS: Remote Internships

Andrew Harper, St. Edwards University and Tracey Lord, Florida State University

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10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EST – Take a Moment to Reflect. Helping Students Capture “A-ha Moments’

Michelle Zaff, Lisa Worsh, and Emily Hornsby, Northeastern University

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Learn about integrative exercises Northeastern University Co-op faculty use to encourage learners to capture and record a-ha “Moments” and to recognize the skills gained through these Moments. Learners visualize their skillset and identify prospective areas for growth. Concepts can be applied in multiple contexts and across disciplines. Come see Northeastern’s innovative learning platform SAIL (Self Authored Integrated Learning) and leave with concrete activities to use in your own practice.

12:00 p.m. CDT, 1:00 p.m. EST – The Ethics of Unpaid Internships

Meghan Stidd and Mark Paquette, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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This session evaluates the ethics of unpaid internships. Current legal requirements will be discussed as well as the potential negative side effects that can be created and compound issues such as privilege, labor exploitation, and diversity in the workforce. This session will outline these issues and provide an ethical framework for consideration.

2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 p.m. EST – De-Mystifying the Research Process

Sarah Burrows, Providence College and Judene Pretti, University of Waterloo

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Are you interested in conducting research about co‐operative education and internships? Come and join in this hands‐on session. We will discuss different phases of the research process ‐ from identifying research questions to choosing a methodology to sharing the story of your findings, and share recommended resources. The facilitators will work with smaller groups of participants to focus on their specific research interests and needs. Following this, the Urban Institute will present a case study of their report on the measurement of work-based learning in community colleges, a report supported by funding from JPMorgan Chase as part of their New Skills at Work Initiative. The Urban Institute will share key findings and implications for research on co-operative education and internship programs. The purpose of this session is to stimulate and support interest among the CEIA community for practice‐based research, which is key to continuing innovation and remaining relevant, as well as in the assessment and structure of our programs.

10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EST – Understanding & Supporting Undocumented & DACA Students in Their Career Development

Juan E. Armijo, Texas Woman’s University

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Undocumented and DACA students are on our college campuses. This group of students walk around in fear, frustration, and uncertainty due to their status. This interactive breakout session will provide an overview of the silent barriers that this identity group faces, implications for Career Services professionals to be prepared to tailor the career development process to serve and meet the needs of this group, and how to improve their services at their institution.

12:00 p.m. CDT, 1:00 p.m. EST – From Bystander to Ally: Recognizing Microaggressions and Unconscious Biases in Oneself

Heather Carpenter and Nathanial Ziegler, Northeastern University

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In the midst of the #metoo movement and low numbers of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, empowering students to advocate for underrepresented individuals, including themselves, is important. Guided by student feedback, curriculum was introduced to educate students about their own unconscious biases and microaggressions and to provide them tools and skills needed to be change agents to foster a more inclusive work environment. This session will allow attendees to experience this curriculum.

2:00 p.m.  CDT, 3:00 p.m. EST – Holistic Approach to Support International Students in Internship Participation

Madhvi Acharya, University of Central Florida

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University of Central Florida (UCF), Experiential Learning partners with UCF Global, International Student, and Scholar Services to provide a holistic approach in supporting international students in internship participation. This session will highlight best practices, impact of effective collaboration, compliance of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), internship course, understanding the competency gaps in employer and student evaluation data and importance of educating employer partners.

10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EST – Successful Transitions for Students and Organizations

Judene Pretti, University of Waterloo

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The success of a short-term (e.g. 4 month) co-operative education or internship experience may hinge on how quickly the student is able to transition into the organization. Drawing on organizational socialization literature and learning theories, we sought to investigate the factors that might affect student adjustment. We will share the findings of our research and discuss the role of the student, the organization and the institution in supporting successful workplace transitions.

12:00 p.m. CDT, 1:00 p.m. EST – Research to Reality–Using Data To Spark Innovation

Dr. Kathy Tuberville, The University of Memphis and Dr. Robert Shindell, InternBridge

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A national research project identified five key factors outlining why students are not participating in internships. Utilizing this research, an AACSB accredited business college, implemented several new strategies and initiatives to increase the number of students participating in internships throughout the college. This session will showcase the five factors and specific strategies participants can execute to impact increased student participation through innovative programming.

2:00 p.m. CDT, 3:00 p.m. EST – + 50% How to Increase Liberal Arts Student Internship Participation

Samantha Munsch, Temple University

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After Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts received less-than-stellar employment results from its First Destination Survey in 2015, they quickly identified a solution: internships. A simple, 7-step model was created and in just four years, facilitated a 50% increase in student internship participation. From breaking down silos to funding unpaid internships, come learn about the 7-steps that transformed Temple’s College of Liberal Arts into an internship-doing and job-ready culture.