Field Work Term
The Bennington postbac curriculum includes a seven-week winter Field Work Term, during which there are no classes. After summer and fall terms of in-class academics, students can choose to leave campus to work in jobs, internships, or volunteer positions here or abroad that will add to your experience in the field. During this time away from the classroom students are encouraged to begin MCAT prep, work on medical school applications and visit medical schools.
Postbac students have full access to the resources of the Field Work Term and Career Development Office including an extensive jobs database, workshops, and assistance with resumes, both during FWT and the glide year.
Bennington faculty, staff, and alumni are also available to assist you in finding a project and environment in which to explore an area of medicine or related fields that are of particular interest to you.
The Field Work Term is self-funded. There is no tuition fee nor are there restrictions on what a student may do or what organizations you may work with.
Postbac Field Work Term Possibilities
In addition to shadowing physicians and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings, our postbac students use FWT to work and study in new settings, complementing their studies on campus, and local community engagement work.
We encourage our students to explore areas in which they may not have had much exposure (emergency medicine or research for example) and to work with populations that may be unfamiliar to them- whether it be children, the elderly, homeless and underserved, or the mentally ill. Some of our students head to urban areas where they can experience a fast-paced medical setting while others search out rural and far-flung areas to get a feel for practicing medicine with limited resources or special circumstances and missions.
Here is a sampling of what our postbac students have done during the seven-week winter Field Work Term in recent years:
- Volunteer at HIV/AIDS clinics, homeless shelters and social service organizations here or abroad
- Wilderness EMT course
- Assist Bennington science faculty in their research
- Learn medical Spanish
- Assist US physicians in medical missions in Central America, Haiti, Mexico, and other countries
- Work as a Community Health Intern at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin under Bennington CAPA Fellow Dr. Veronica Gunn
- Train and work as a pharmacy technician