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Field Work Term (FWT) is a thrilling part of a Bennington education. Every year from early January to mid-February, you’ll head out to explore your interests in the world of work. Like most great adventures, it takes preparation to make it a success. As such, the Field Work Term and Career Development Office (FWT & CDO) staff encourage you to start planning for FWT early. Below are some tips to get you thinking about, and planning for, your first FWT.

  • Think about what experiences you might like to have or what you would like to learn during your first FWT.
  • Prepare a clear and concise resume reflecting your work and educational experiences. The FWT & CDO staff can review your resume before you arrive on campus. Just email us a draft.
  • Begin to network by talking with people about FWT. Ask them what kind of work they do and if they know of anyone who might be interested in having a winter intern.
  • Over the summer or once you’re at Bennington, schedule a meeting with FWT & CDO staff who can help you with anything from polishing your resume, to brainstorming and securing FWT positions, to introducing you to all the FWT resources.
  • Leave room in your fall schedule to attend ongoing FWT workshops designed to help you navigate the steps required for securing your first FWT position.

The FWT & CDO staff looks forward to helping you make your first FWT a fantastic experience. Contact us anytime, including during the summer, if you have questions or need assistance with your FWT planning. We look forward to working with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Field Work Term and Career Development

  • What is Field Work Term?

  • What resources are available through the FWT Office?

  • What are the dates of FWT?

  • Are FWT jobs always related to students’ academic concentrations?

  • Is there a required amount of work time?

  • Can I work more than one job?

  • How do students find FWT jobs?

  • Can a student go abroad for FWT?

  • Can a student work for a family member or friend?

  • Can a student work for an employer not listed in the WorkLink system (our Field Work Term job database)?

  • Can FWT consist of an independent study?

  • Can FWT be completed in the summer?

  • How is FWT evaluated?

  • Can a student fail FWT?

  • How much does FWT cost?

  • Are students paid for FWT jobs?

  • Is financial aid available for FWT?

  • Can a student stay on campus for FWT?

  • What are the housing options during FWT?

  • Is the FWT & CDO open during FWT?

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