Field Work Impact

Field Work at Bennington prepares students to innovate, inspire, and serve. Our students graduate with confidence and clarity about their strengths, values, and ambitions in the world of work.

According to employers, the single most important credential for a college graduate entering the workforce is internship experience.

—2012 survey of 50,000 employers conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace

People are 5 times more likely to thrive—financially, physically, in relationships and their communities—if they are engaged at work.

—2014 Gallup-Purdue Survey of 30,000 graduates

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80% of Bennington graduates report being engaged at work v. 39% of graduates nationally

—2014 Gallup-Purdue Survey; 2015 Bennington College Alumni Survey

Bennington College Field Work Term Employer Student Ratings; Association of American Colleges & Universities 2015 Employer Survey Findings

Learning Impact: What Students Say

I’m in a position now to put myself against any student from any university. I’m confident in what I’ve learned here and the experience I’ve gotten through Field Work Term.

Nush Laywhyee '19 – Bachelor’s Degree focused in Economics and political Sciences


When the Senator was going to vote on something, it was my research he was reading in the briefings. 

Elizabeth Fox '20 – Bachelor of Arts / Political Science


What’s good about the Field Work Term supervisors that I’ve had is that—if you come in with confidence, if you think you can do it—they’ll give you the resources to explore.

Madeline Peterson ’19 – Bachelor of Arts / Biology


Field Work Term gave me the chance to do things I never would have tried on my own. It empowered me to explore my interests, and gave me the skills to reach out and make connections, and both of those things have been nothing short of life-changing.

Gennelle Rankin ’15 – PhD student, Neuroscience, Harvard University