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Field Work Term Options

With support from Field Work Term and academic advisors, students choose from a broad array of work-integrated learning experiences to “count” for their annual field work requirement. All of these experiences are designed to combine theory and practice, deepen knowledge and understanding, and enhance work-related capacities.

Students are coached to select a wide variety of experiences which are progressive, additive, and integrated with their academic learning. All students must complete at least one internship in their four years. All field work options require active learning, consistent supervision, structured self-reflection, and employer/supervisor feedback.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we anticipate that the majority of students will complete virtual FWT experiences and/or will choose to complete their field work in the summer. Though students may choose to pursue in-person internships after carefully evaluating the risks (details here), they are encouraged to consider the flexible alternatives detailed below. Watch this video to hear about the different options. More information on Field Work Term and COVID-19 is available here.

Options for FWT are as follows. All may be completed virtually, except student employment and study away.

  • Internships during the summer or winter period, including FWT internships posted by College partners, other internships on Handshake, or positions students find on their own. Check out our Remote Internship Guide for additional assistance.
  • Microinternships, which are paid, remote freelance projects available via our new tool Parker Dewey. Students can combine multiple microinternships to meet their FWT requirement, and can even choose to complete them during the academic year.
  • Fellowships in specific content areas with a cohort of other students.
  • Professional Trainings or Apprenticeships in a trade or skill, including online trainings.
  • Student employment completed over the course of an academic year. Must meet all of the standard FWT requirements. To request approval for this option, register your campus job in Handshake listing "Fall 2020 & Spring 2021" as the term and "On-Campus Student Employment" as the experience type.
  • Independent Study supervised by a Bennington faculty member.
  • Study Away with an experiential learning component (though opportunities may be limited due to COVID, students with approved study away before summer 2021 may be eligible to waive their FWT for that academic year).

Handshake, the College's career and experiential opportunities database, offers access to thousands of learning opportunities across the country and the globe. Students are not required to find an opportunity through Handshake; many find field work on their own, adding to our ever-growing resource pool. This array of options is one of the reasons that 90% of students secured a top-choice position for their most recent Field Work Term.

Searching FWT Options in Handshake

In addition to the quick links above, here's how to search various types of field work experiences from the Handshake Jobs page. For more search tips, check out the Handshake Guide for Students.

  • FWT internships during the summer or winter: Search by job type "Co-Op." You can also further filter by location, industry/ies, keywords, compensation type, housing provided, remote work allowed, and other criteria.
  • Other internships: You'll also find hundreds of other internships in Handshake by searching under job type "Internship." Contact the FWT office to discuss whether a particular opportunity is eligible for FWT credit.
  • Fellowships: To find FWT-eligible fellowship opportunities, search by job type "Fellowship," and add the search label "field work term position."
  • Student employment: Search by job type "On-Campus" to find all campus jobs. To propose counting your student employment position for Field Work Term, Request an Experience and list the term "Fall 2020 & Spring 2021."