The Conference on National Affairs is held annually at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Students from across the nation gather at this conference to debate issues of national and international importance. Each student brings a proposal to discuss in committee during the week-long process. Virginia typically brings a group of 15 students to represent the Commonwealth, and these students are selected by a committee at the Model General Assembly. Students must be truly engaged in the MGA process to be selected.
Students selected have many deadlines to adhere to between MGA and CONA, including proposal submission and discussion in a private online forum. Students are expected to actively contribute to the discussion and arrange their own transportation to the conference.