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Community-wide FWT Debrief Lunch

The second-annual community-wide FWT debrief conversation will take place over lunch on Tuesday, February 24. Join students, faculty, and staff as we all gather to have lunch, share FWT stories and insights, and honor the experiences you just completed. Join a table and jump into the conversation. (Students not on the meal plan who wish to attend can request a meal pass from the FWT Office by emailing us by February 20.)

FWT Reflective Work

For a reminder, see this year's Reflective Project Options. Students choosing to participate in the Debrief Discussions or the Formal Presentation reflective options are required to reserve a spot by Friday, February 13.

  • Reflective essays, interviews, and final blog postings are due Friday, February 27.
  • Reflective videos are due Friday, March 13.
  • Reflective debrief discussion for participating first-years or sophomores take place on March 5, March 12, and March 19. Students must attend all three session. Locations to be assigned once you sign up. Informal presentation videos for this option are due Friday, March 27.
  • Formal presentation prep sessions take place on March 4 and 11. Students are required to attend both sessions. Locations to be assigned once you sign up. Formal presentation videos for this option are due by Friday, April 10.
  • If you need a one-week extension for completing your final reflective work, you can request this anytime before the day your final reflective project is due by completing the request form.

FWT Evaluations

The FWT employer evaluation form includes a specific skill rubric generated from hundreds of past FWT employer comments and from the latest findings on skills and competencies today’s employers are looking for in the workforce. Evaluations from employers are due on Friday, February 27. Evaluations are required from every FWT job that you registered, even if you left a site earlier than planned. All supervisors have been sent instructions for completing the evaluation through Survey Monkey (not through WorkLink). Please check with your supervisor before you leave your job to make sure that your evaluation has been completed and submitted to the FWT Office.

Evaluate Your Site

Take a couple of minutes to share about your site. This information is helpful to students who may consider this site in the future. Instructions on how to complete a site evaluation are available in the Document Library of WorkLink.

Supplemental Hours

If you have worked supplemental hours (up to 70 maximum), be sure to keep track of your hours. Supplemental jobs do not need to be registered, but students do need to show proof of their hours. See the FWT Handbook for details.

Independent or collaborative professional work-related projects require proof of the agreed-to finished project and a worklog documenting hours and activities. Turn in your signed timesheet or other related paperwork to the FWT & CDO no later than Friday, February 27, in order to have these hours count.

Independent Study

Your sponsor’s evaluation of your work is due Friday, March 13. Be sure to schedule a meeting with your sponsor to review your work well in advance of the due date to afford sufficient time for your evaluation to be written and submitted on time.

Staff Updates

Erica Walsh, Director of FWT and Career Development, has taken the next step in her professional journey, joining the ranks at Slate.com this February. We are delighted for Erica and ever grateful to her for the invaluable contribution she made to the FWT & CDO. We are sad to see her go and we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors. Faith McClellan will fill the director opening. Faith has worked with Lesley University's internship program and with a college-accredited leadership semester. She also comes with an impressive background in nonprofit management. Faith will step into this role in mid May, following the birth of her second child in February.

Babies abound, as FWT Coordinator Lauren MacPherson will be out on maternity leave from February through the end of April. Lauren's responsibilities will be picked up during that time by Bennington's recent December graduate, Hilary Whitney.

Given these staff changes, and the delay of when Faith McClellan can join us, the FWT & CDO has adjusted student session availability this term. Please visit Genbook for an overview of our student services and availability.