Community Engagement

Grand Valley State University recognizes that our region, state, and nation become even stronger when the community and the University work together to build strategic and mutually beneficial collaborations. Through these efforts, the community benefits from access to faculty expertise, consultation and research. The University benefits from the increased awareness and program promotion it receives from our community partners, as well as from the hands-on expertise and advice provided by local business.   If you are interested in working with a GVSU faculty member, please contact the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence at [email protected].  We’ll be glad to assist you in making the connection.



Providing internship and co-operative education experiences allows you to involve students in meaningful, productive work while energizing your organization with fresh ideas.


Grand Valley Career Center hosts a variety of employer events throughout the year that bring together employers and recruiters with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni looking for full-time jobs and internships.


From career planning to major exploration, the Career Center has you covered. They have convenient locations in both Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids.



Faculty members throughout the university; in numerous disciplines, assist outside entities such as health organizations, manufacturers and local and regional government, with their business and research needs. Contact us to find out more about how we can assist you.


Here you will find information about Licensing Opportunities.


Here you will find information about the Technology Commercialization Office, which is a resource and partner for university faculty, staff, and students developing technologies with commercial potential.


Facilities, Centers and Institutes

The Applied Computing Institute (ACI) is the GVSU School of Computing and Information System’s platform for providing experiential learning opportunities for our faculty and students and collaboration opportunities for our industry partners. Companies can enlist support in solving computing problems by sponsoring a semester-long senior project or a multi-semester Applied Computing Services Laboratory project. 

The applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) serves the med device community, first by demonstrating whether the idea is technically feasible and commercially viable. Commercialization is then advanced in collaboration with manufacturing, engineering, entrepreneurial, regulatory, investment, and business architecture enterprises.  aMDI connects academia, industry, and the community  the drives innovation in the medical device eco-system.

The Design, Optimization, Evaluation and Redesign (DOER) Center was founded in 2006 to serve as an external consulting clearing house for the School of Engineering at GVSU. The DOER Center matches potential clients with faculty and students capable of completing projects for clients.

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based center leading a systems-based, comprehensive approach to serving nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

The Family Owned Business Institute provides business owners with insight and information regarding succession planning, “best practices” for family-owned business, and regulatory and ethical issues. In addition, the site provides a link to other business resources that support family-owned businesses.

The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative examines the role and influence of business in public life, promotes inquiry into ethical business practices and education, and provides resources for business persons, students, faculty, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well-lived.

The Muskegon Innovation Hub (the Hub) is a business innovation center that provides coaching, funding, networking, and a synergistic work environment to help businesses and entrepreneurs maximize their growth potential. We are a key partner in the region's innovation ecosystem, supporting startup businesses, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovation teams.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, secondary market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With offices statewide, the SBDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.

The Office for Community Engagement fosters partnerships through which direction, alignment, and commitment emerge. Our community and university collaborations cultivate mutually beneficial opportunities that employ assets, promote collective ownership and action, generate new knowledge, and resolve community challenges.

The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University serves to champion and catalyze the vocation of entrepreneurship. To accomplish this mission, the CEI practices two objectives: talent development and the support for businesses.

The mission of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) is to integrate research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources. AWRI seeks to accomplish its mission through: 1) interdisciplinary research into major questions about water resources; 2) public education for a variety of groups, including K-12, university students, and the community; and 3) outreach to ensure that decision makers are equipped with the best available knowledge on environmental and water resource-related issues to reduce the uncertainty associated with their resource management decisions.

Van Andel Global Trade Center provides international consulting, training, and resources to strengthen community.

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