Field Work Term Entrepreneurial Option

Many students are interested in learning how to start and run their own business/nonprofit, or launching themselves as an independent artist. Field Work Term (FWT) can be used to begin this venture. Students may elect to use one of their FWTs to take advantage of the Entrepreneurial Option, which qualifies for primary hours.

Since this type of experience requires exceptional planning and commitment in order to be successful, the following criteria must be met:

  • A student must have successfully completed at least one FWT job in a prior year. and must be in good academic standing.
  • The student must submit an Entrepreneurial Application via the FWT Registration Form in Handshake. Additionally, for entrepreneurial applicants seeking grant funding should also apply to the Entrepreneurial Grant.
  • The student must secure a business mentor to act as a supervisor and submit a resume of this mentor that demonstrates the mentor’s knowledge and ability to guide and advise the student in the entrepreneurial endeavor. A mentor may not be a parent, other immediate family member, or a spouse/partner. Mentors should have experience running an independent business/organization, and possess a combination of business knowledge and knowledge of the field directly related to a student’s work.
  • Entrepreneurial FWT experiences cannot be used exclusively for creating work to be sold, but must encompass the greater aspects of running one’s own business/organization or launching oneself as a working artist in a professional and fiscally sustainable way.
  • Supplemental hours may not be counted towards the Entrepreneurial Option.
  • Students completing Entrepreneurial Option should still complete a FWT Reflective Project at the close.