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. 28, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Knobloch Campus Center. To register for the fair or the workshop, please complete this webform by Aug. 22.

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. We regularly update our workshop schedule. Be sure to save the following date:

  • October 24, 2018: On the Table Charlotte: The Ada Jenkins Center, North Mecklenburg Communities United, Unity in the Community and the Center for Civic Engagement at Davidson College are co-hosting an On the Table Charlotte dialogue that will focus on the Legacy of Segregation and Its Continued Impact. The event will be held from 5 - 6:20 p.m. at the Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson, NC in the gym. We invite you for appetizers and to connect with others in our community. This event is an opportunity to bring diverse voices to the table to exchange ideas, share experiences and make our area a more inclusive community for all. Space is limited to 100 participants. Please register by October 19th using this webform.
  • Jan. 11, 2019 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. Registration is open and closes when spaces fill.