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Resources for Non-Profit Partners

  • We appreciate our valuable partnerships across the community. We have several community engagement opportunities available to you and your organization. 

    Community Partner Volunteer Requests

    We have very enthusiastic students that would love to donate their time and talents to your organization.

    For your convenience, we have streamlined community partner volunteer requests. We have created a simple form that will collect some information in an easy and quick format to best capture your needs.  Once reviewed, we advertise your request through a central student system.  

    Request volunteers here:

    Employment Opportunities

    The office of Career Exploration and Development can assist with your hiring needs.  Through our online portal, Handshake, you can post an opening (internship, full-time, part-time, temporary) for our students and/or alumni.  This service is free for employers and a staff member can assist you with our simple registration process. We also offer demonstrations as needed.  To learn more, check out Handshake.

    Internship Development

    In need of an intern, but not sure where to begin?  Career Exploration and Development can meet with you and provide resources on how to get started.  We offer consultations on writing and promoting an internship description, how to go about interviewing candidates, ways in which you can set up your onboarding processes, and how to provide effective mentoring for your new hire(s). Reach out to Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Aly Eagle at to get started.

    Faculty Requests for Community Partners

    Do you have interest in partnering with our faculty and students as they build learning into their course requirements through service with non-profits?  We are looking for community partners who might have a need around the following projects:

    Spring Semester

    Professional Writing

    In this class, our Gannon students will analyze and evaluate an audience, a purpose and/or situation as they apply their writing skills through business writing contexts, cultures, and genres. Students will be expected to create promotional or instructional writing projects that can include primary or secondary research as part of the project. 

    This class is looking to partner with a community partner organization to provide the following:

    • Listen to the students explain an overview of the project
    • Learn from you on what some needs could be filled through this project for your organization and answer some of their questions before beginning.
    • The class will provide your organization a written project. Once received, you will be asked to provide feedback on what you receive.
    • This project will conclude at the end of the Spring semester.
    • A focus on immigration would be very valuable.

    Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computing Studies (SEECS) Program

    Do you have a design project that could use research, design and implementation to solve a problem? This is an engineering design project connecting and building engineering competency and personal confidence.  

    First-year students are paired with seniors, and sophomores with juniors, to learn from each other and work on a real-world problem.  The learning should be relevant so they share the intellectual, problem-solving aspects of design for an organization valuing their contribution. 

    Examples of past projects include developing a light-signaling electronic device for the Barber National Institute to make it easier for developmentally challenged personnel who have jobs putting together assembly kits which include nuts, bolts, screws ad other pieces (like build-it yourself furniture). Students also created water collection and filtration systems for non-profits to have access to renewable and clean water. Students have also worked on projects related to local water testing, underwater robotics, and more. If you could be a partner with a long-term project for students to solve through engineering (including industrial, mechanical, environmental, electrical, software and more) then please let us know.

    Fall Semester 2023 (Late August-December 2023)

    Software Testing

    We are seeking a software development team as a community partner who have a project students could become involved in. The goal is for students to become engaged in software testing, software development following test driven development approach, test integration in industry standard process, agile development practices, release process, learning how to use version control systems for software development, software project management, presentation skills, technical writing skills.

    A second software course is teaching course code identification, code refactoring techniques, code integration and deployment using industry standard tools, agile development practice, software project management, presentation skills, and technical writing skills.

    If you are a potential partner who could provide our students with professional experience working with software testing and demonstrate the use of tools and techniques used in the industry, we would love to hear from you!

    Upcoming Key Dates

    April 22, 2023: Day of Caring

    This annual event brings hundreds of Gannon students, faculty, and staff to various non-profit locations as we respond to request from community.  Students arrive at 9 a.m. and complete their projects by noon.  To request students and for more information, contact Sara Nesbitt at or 814-871.5415.

    June 2, 2023: Beyond the Classroom: Community-Engaged Teaching and Research Conference

    Gannon University and Partners for Campus Community Engagement will be hosting a regional conference for staff, faculty, and community partners to learn more about integrated practices for partnerships in higher education. As a community partner, we invite you to attend and join us for this conference to learn more about community-engaged teaching and the potential of partnerships! RSVP today.

    July 1, 2023: Walter Iwanenko Jr., Ph.D. becomes Gannon University’s Eighth President