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Nonprofit & Community Partner Resources

The Center for Civic Engagement works in partnership with public and nonprofit organizations to connect students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to build community capacity and impact positive community driven change.

Post Service or Internship Opportunities

The center publicizes opportunities ranging from introductory service experiences to immersive summer internship programs, community-based learning courses, and leadership experiences. If you have a direct service opportunity, project, or ongoing internship opportunity, please submit a description on our opportunities form. Our tips for completing a description (PDF) show how to describe a position that is attractive to students and you can read examples of types of work students are able to do.

Community Collaborative

The Community Collaborative is a group of nonprofit professionals, community leaders, and engaged citizens who work together to impact sustainable change around pressing issues faced by Lake Norman area residents. The collaborative meets once in the summer to discuss areas needs and plan collaborative strategies. They meet again in January at the Community Innovation Institute (see below). Project teams that emerge from the meetings may meet more regularly. To learn more about the collaborative and how you can be involved, contact Stacey Riemer at

Community Involvement Fair

The center hosts an annual Community Involvement Fair where students, faculty, and staff explore the range of opportunities in our area and become familiar with the resources in our community related to social change issues. This event will be marketed to a wide audience on campus. We hope you will come to the fair to share the range of roles and projects you have available. This year's fair will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Knobloch Campus Center. Following the fair, from 1-2 p.m., there will be a one-hour workshop on working with college students as volunteers with Josh Jacobson of Next Stage Consulting. Next Stage works with nonprofits to develop visions, set goals and create strategies for all aspects of operations, implementing organizational and fund development efforts with an eye toward efficiency and effectiveness. Lunch will be provided.

Please register online. Because space is limited, we ask that organizations register before Tuesday, Aug. 15. Further logistical information will be provided upon registration.

Innovation Institute & Other Workshops

The center regularly hosts speakers and workshops intended to build the capacity of our community, provide networking opportunities, and collaboratively engage in community change efforts. More details will follow about this year's events, but be sure to save the following dates:

  • January 11, 2018 - Community Innovation Institute - a daylong event with speakers and breakout sessions to advance community change work and promote collaboration. In addition to workshops, funding opportunities exclusively for institute participants will be shared.