FWT Entrepreneurial Option

Many students are interested in learning how to start and run their own business/nonprofit, or launching themselves as an independent artist. 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. (Exceptions may be made for transfer students coming to Bennington in their junior year or for students who enrolled in a fall entrepreneurial course with a pre-approved FWT project.)
  • A student must be in good academic standing.
  • The student must submit an Entrepreneurial Application via the FWT Registration Form in WorkLink (on your WorkLink homepage, click the shortcut for "Register & View Your FWT Records," then click "Add New" to access the form). Applications are due Friday, October 13, 2017. Additionally, for entrepreneurial applicants seeking grant funding, the merit-based Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Grant application is also due October 13. Entrepreneurial Option applications are considered as they are received, and grant awardees are notified no later than October 31, 2017.
  • Although not required, we strongly suggest that students interested in pursuing the Entrepreneurial Option meet with an FWT staff member and/or attend the small group advising sessions for entrepreneurial projects. Go to Genbook to book an advising session.
  • 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.
  • A student who has completed an entrepreneurial FWT in the past will need approval from the FWT director to complete a second entrepreneurial option associated with a Bennington College course.
  • Supplemental hours may not be counted towards the Entrepreneurial Option.