Field Work Term (FWT) is one of the most exciting aspects of a Bennington College education and has been integral to every student’s experience since the College began almost 80 years ago. The purpose of FWT is to turn theory into practice as students explore connections between academic pursuits, personal interests, and the world of work.
Students spend seven weeks off campus each year working in internships that expand their studies and enrich their individual and professional development. Every year, students offer a wide range of capacities to hundreds of organizations across the country and around the world. Bennington students are creative, innovative, and valuable contributors to an organization—more than 99% of participating employers report being satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Bennington intern.
Here’s How FWT Works
Students are required to:
- Register all FWT internships with our office by the due date. For FWT summer makeups, this is May 6, 2016. For FWT 2017 this is November 11. FWT positions should connect to a student’s educational Plan at Bennington, and to personal and professional goals.
- Complete at least 210 total hours of work during the scheduled FWT dates (for summer 2016, these are June 13–July 29 and for winter 2017, these are January 2–February 17). Students may split their time between multiple positions as agreed upon by site supervisors.
- Submit a reflective project following the completion of FWT.
Organizations hosting an FWT student agree to:
- Conduct an interview and notify the student of selection prior to the registration deadline.
- Arrange and clarify internship details and expectations with the student.
- Provide salary, stipend, and/or housing arrangements, if possible. (Unpaid internships need to comply with the Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act.)
- Offer supervision and mentorship to the intern.
- Sign a weekly timesheet provided by our office, and complete an online student performance evaluation at the end of FWT.
We greatly value our partnerships with more than 500 employers every year. If you wish to offer an FWT position or have already been contacted by a student and would like additional information, please email us or call us at 802-440-4321.