Field Work Term and Career Development
Resources for the world of work: field work, student employment, community engagement, and more.
The Office of Field Work Term and Career Development provides annual field work experiences to help you develop capacity and confidence for work, community engagement, and life after Bennington.
Parents, resources are available to help you help your student plan for Field Work Term and more.
Students, our staff are ready to help you with every stage of your career exploration, from your first Field Work Term to your campus work to your senior job search. We hope you reach out early and see us often.
- Career coaching to help you assess your skills, strengths, and goals
- Job search help to find Field Work Term opportunities, summer internships, and post-grad jobs
- Campus employment matching assistance
- Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile critiques to catch employers' attention
- Mock interview sessions to help you turn employer interest into job offers
- Alumni networking to tap into Bennington’s diverse professional community
Chart Your Course
Just like the Bennington curriculum, Field Work Term aims to offer you the flexibility to self-direct your course. Beyond internships, you can choose from a wide variety of options to "count" for your FWT.
Use our new career platform, Handshake, to search thousands of jobs, FWT internships, campus work positions, paid fellowships, and volunteer engagement opportunities. Check out the Handshake career resource library on the upper "careers" tab to find toolkits just for Bennington students.
Plan for Success
We know that planning FWT takes a lot of work and time. Make it easier (and way less stressful) by following these tips and timeline for FWT planning.
Roadtrip Nation offers inspiring "on the road" videos with professionals from all walks of life who share how they crafted intentional, creative work lives.
Part of landing a job is knowing and focusing on your strengths. Clifton Strengths for Students is an online self-assessment tool that helps you to see your core talents and how they can help you navigate the world of work. Students who book a Career Exploration appointment on Handshake will be emailed a free access code.
Interview skills are a key factor determining whether you can get a foot in the door with your desired employer. Big Interview allows you to practice your interview skills and clarify your understanding of your value to employers. Use your Bennington email to create a free account and login.
Explore Student Stories
At the UK-based startup Trainline, Zanna Huth '20 applied her creative skill set to marketing and data management...and wrote a rap along the way.
The Art of Technology
After a FWT experience at a tech startup, Lili Española ’20 discovered how a business perspective can guide their Bennington studies.
Education Across Languages
Bennington’s experiential education allows students like Z Winters-Derevjanik '20 to assemble a toolbox of skills, which prepares them to become leaders in their chosen fields.