Submit a Proposal

Conference Programming: Call for Proposals is CLOSED


Career services professionals, cooperative education and internship practitioners, faculty, employers, secondary education/high school counselors and instructors, and scholars are invited to share innovative ideas, best practices, and research that elevates experiential learning at the 58th Annual CEIA Conference.  Due to the continuing pandemic,  CEIA has made the decision to present this important event virtually.

Additional submissions will be accepted, via an online form, until Monday, December 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Please review the information on this site to learn more about the requirements and process for submitting a proposal.  All presentations will be offered remotely through ZOOM.  If you have already submitted a proposal, there is no need to submit it again (you will be contacted directly).

When submitting your proposal, be sure to select one of the following session topics and lengths:

2021 Conference Session Topics – Call for Proposals is CLOSED.

Administration and Operations

management strategies for an experiential learning programs; staff development and evaluation; soliciting funding, resources and support from leadership and stakeholders; case studies about further expansion and integration of experiential learning programs (i.e., requirement for graduation)

Assessment, Outcomes, and Research

collection methods and strategies for outcomes information; research and scholarship related to the field of career and experiential education; examples of effective assessment and outcomes for experiential learning programs; leveraging data for resource development

Campus Partner and Employer Relations

methods, programs techniques for establishing and maintaining relationships with campus partners, faculty and employers

Counseling and Mentoring

counseling and mentoring of student co-ops/interns; professional development ideas for both co-ops/interns and professional staff

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

outreach and support for underrepresented populations; creating and implementing inclusive environments for all populations; ensuring learning and work spaces are accessible and supportive of all populations; engaging in advocacy of students and fellow professionals

Innovation and Technology

new and different approaches towards developing, integrating, and promoting experiential learning; setting-up and using software platforms to manage office/program activities, event registrations, processes, operations and position postings; virtual advising and course delivery

Marketing and Recruitment

promotion of your program to students, employers and stakeholders; recruiting strategies for increasing student or employer participation in your program; useful social media platforms and campaigns

Legal and Risk Management

updates and interpretations about laws, proposed/pending legislation, guidelines and regulations related to compensation, harassment, immigration insurance, liability, and Title IX; recommendations for ensuring compliance; ethical considerations; recommendations on writing and proposing of written agreements, MOUs, and contracts

Navigating Change and Promoting Adaptability

responding to moments of crisis, such as COVID-19; engaging in dialogue and meaningful action related to adaptability in the profession; adjusting programs, events, and offerings to account for changes in student and partner needs and requirements

Program Curriculum and Design

discussion and presentation of how experiential learning programs are set-up; writing student learning outcomes and building assessments; discussion of zero credit internships and transcript notations; adhering and interpreting government guidelines for co-op students/interns and international students

Additional Information

Session Lengths

You may propose to facilitate and present a virtual session lasting one of three lengths, to be selected based on the depth of the topic and presenter preference:

● 15-20 minutes
● 30 minutes
● 55-60 minutes

Due to the virtual nature of this year’s conference, no traditional speed sessions will be available. Presentation PDFs will be utilized. Presenters will be asked to engage with audiences in a virtual manner only, given COVID-19-related restrictions.  Some sessions will be pre-recorded for easier access.

Tips: Preparing You Proposal

  • – Write a draft of your proposal prior to completing the submission form; save draft
  • – Seek the proofreading skills of a trusted colleague
  • – Print a copy of your completed proposal for your own records BEFORE you hit submit.
  • – Incorporate assessment and data to support session content
  • – Indicate your interest in being considered for two or more types of sessions (and provide a well-written explanation on how the session would be adapted)
  • – Consider a co-facilitator at another college or an employer (special consideration will be given to proposals that are co-facilitated by an employer)

Timeline for Submission and Review of Proposals

  • August 15: CEIA Program Committee Begins Accepting Proposals
  • December 14: Proposal Submissions Are Due
  • December 15 – January 1: Program Committee Evaluates Proposals
  • January 4: All submitters are notified if proposal(s) have been selected or not

Timeline for Selected Facilitators and Presenters

  • January 4 – January 11: Confirm you will attend and facilitate your accepted session proposal
  • January 12: Register for the virtual conference
  • February 12: All selected presenters must be registered for the conference by this date
  • February 15 – April 15: Continue to read and respond to conference information and requests from program committee members and association executive director
  • April 18 – April 20: Attend and facilitate a virtual session at #CEIA2021

Audio/Visual for Selected Facilitators/Presenters

  • – Facilitators/Presenters are expected to read and respond to all alerts and requests pertaining to the conference, especially those concerned with audio, visual and technical arrangements.
  • – CEIA will provide ZOOM account and technical support.
  • – Prepare your presentation in an online format and provide a PDF of your presentation prior to delivery.



Please contact Ana Clara Blesso (she/her), 2021 Programs Committee Chair, at

2021 Programs Committee
Chair: Ana Clara Blesso, Toigo Foundation
Kelsey Beisecker, California State University – Northridge
Alyssa Gostonczik, Viterbo University
Michelle Hagopian, Northeastern University
Elizabeth Jones, University of Portland
Sarah Mockler, Northeastern University
Cate O’Connor, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Geneva Scott, Florida State University