Conferences & Opportunities

Throughout the year, the Office for Community Engagement hosts a number of events-ranging in size, scope, and focus-in order to facilitate learning and connection throughout the university and within our community. Additionally, we provide information on upcoming conferences related to the scholarship of engagement. This list is updated regularly as details or new events arise.

Local Opportunities

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair February 3 and 4 2016, Henry Hall Atrium, Allendale Campus

The Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for various agencies and non-profit organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area to connect with Grand Valley students. 

In an effort to be more intentional connecting students with your organization, we have moved to a format where each day of the fair will be comprised of organizations of specific issue areas. If your organization fits the category of Education, Religion, International, Environment and Wildlife, or Art, Culture, Humanities, and Recreation please sign up for Wednesday, February 3rd. If your organization fits the category of Health and Human Services or Public and Societal Benefits please sign up for Thursday, February 4th.

Nonprofit organizations Click here to register 

National Opportunities

IMPACT Conference February 18-21, 2016, Amherst, Massachusetts

The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. Building on the rich 30-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts.


Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference March 21-23, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 

Campus Compact Celebrates 30 Years of Educating Citizens and Building Communities. Our anniversary events focus on the theme of accelerating the pace of change in creating opportunities for community-based education, collaboration around common goals, and institutional commitments.


2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting June 2-4, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana

We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.

The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.


Past Events