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Field Work Term Fellowships

Field Work Term fellowships are selective programs that offer funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to be part of a cohort of students working in specific focus areas. Fellowships are open to returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their applications. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Awards typically range from $1,000-$3,000.

Overview

Applications for all 2020 Field Work Term fellowships closed in Fall 2019, and will open for 2021 fellowships in Fall 2020.

  • the Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship (note: launch postponed to Winter 2021)
  • the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship
  • the Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Fellowship
  • the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship
  • the Arts and Technology Fellowship
  • the Population Health Fellowship

Details on each fellowship are available in their respective Handshake listings, and are also listed below.

Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship

Through the Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship Program, selected students are placed into internship positions at nonprofits with a focus on environmental justice. In addition to their internships, Fellows develop together as a peer-supported cohort through pre- and post-Fellowship coursework and ongoing mentorship, led by Judith Enck, Senior CAPA Fellow and founder of the Beyond Plastics project. By combining hands-on work experience with education and mentorship, this new Fellowship aims to equip participants with the experiences, skills, and capacities to advance environmental justice causes, address complex societal challenges, and become effective changemakers in the world.

Eligibility Criteria:
The Endeavor Fellowship will launch in the Winter 2021 Field Work Term, and will be available to returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term). Fellows are selected based on need and merit factors.

Internship Sites:
Selected Fellows will be matched with an internship at a participating nonprofit, based on each student's skills, interests, and geographical preferences (as indicated in their application). Potential internship sites for Winter 2021 include:

Program Details:

  • Students with eligible financial need will receive need-based living stipends, typically ranging from $2,000-$3,000. Fellows are not eligible to receive other College grants for the same FWT.
  • Internships will take place during the 6-week Field Work Term period, which runs from January 4 through February 12, 2021. Fellows will complete 200 internship hours and all other FWT criteria.
  • Fellows are required to participate in a 1-credit Pre-Fellowship Course in Fall 2020 and a 1-credit Post-Fellowship Course in Spring 2021. Course meeting times will be chosen based on the selected Fellows’ schedules. Additionally, Fellows will participate in group mentorship activities during the Field Work Term period.
  • Fellows are expected to give a formal presentation about their work at Field Work Term Night in Spring 2021. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflective Project requirement.)

Application Instructions
Applications for the Endeavor Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A one-page cover letter, clearly indicating your areas of interest within environmental justice, and the experiences and skills you have relevant to these interests.
  • The "FWT Budget and Site Preferences" form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, and any personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs. You will also be asked to indicate your top three preferred sites, and any sites for which you do not wish to be considered.

Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship

Through the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships, selected students are placed in internship positions with several select off-Broadway theatres and drama organizations, and are also awarded need-based grants. This opportunity is available to 8-12 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT.

Host theatres for the 2020 Fellowship will include: Harlem StageLa MaMa, MCC TheaterMint Theater CompanyNew GeorgesRattlestick Playwrights TheaterRepertorio EspañolSoho RepThe Flea Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, and Women's Project Theater.

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of two FWT preparatory meetings, and to give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

Applications for the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter of approximately one page, clearly indicating your skills or experience in any of the following areas:
    • Any Office, Budget Tracking, Design, Box Office, or Social Media platforms or software programs in which you have experience.
    • Any skills or experience you have in the following administrative areas:
      • Artistic Management
      • General Management
      • Patron Services
      • Special Events/Marketing
      • Company Management
      • House/Concessions Management
      • Box Office
      • Production Management
    • Any skills or experience you have in the following production areas:
      • Set Construction
      • Scene Painting
      • Wardrobe
      • Properties
      • Lighting
      • Sound
      • Stage Management
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Entrepreneurial Fellowship and the Entrepreneurial Option

The Entrepreneurial Option is available to students interested in learning how to start and run their own business or nonprofit, and/or launch themselves as an independent artist or freelancer. Returning students with demonstrated need may also apply to the Entrepreneurial Fellowship.

Through the Field Work Term Entrepreneurial Fellowship, selected students receive funding and mentorship to spend their FWT pursuing an entrepreneurial venture, such as starting and running their own business or non-profit, or launching themselves as an independent artist. Work may take place anywhere across the globe. This opportunity is available to 2-4 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Fellowship funds must be used for the FWT plan proposed; if your FWT plans change after being awarded a Fellowship, you will be asked to submit a revised budget, and your award may be reduced or rescinded.

This fellowship is made possible by Adnan Iftekhar '97, who is committed to helping students design their own jobs and advance their business ideas. Fellowship recipients agree to:

  • Participate in a preparatory meeting in late November;
  • Give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring (this presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement);
  • Complete regular mini individualized coaching assignments over FWT, given by Adnan;
  • Meet weekly with their business mentor who has agreed to oversee their entrepreneurial project.

Since the Entrepreneurial Option and Fellowship require exceptional planning and commitment in order to be successful, the following criteria must be met:

  • Students must have successfully completed at least one FWT job in a prior year, and must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must secure a business mentor who possesses demonstrated knowledge and ability to guide and advise the student in their entrepreneurial endeavor. Your mentor must be willing to meet with you at a minimum of every two weeks either virtually or in person to discuss your progress, offer feedback, and to review the content of your work at the conclusion of your project. They must also complete an online evaluation provided by the FWT Office by the last day of Field Work Term. A mentor may not be a parent, other immediate family member, or a spouse/partner. The FWT Office can help match students to mentors; email fwt@bennington.edu for more info.
  • 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.

Applications for the Entrepreneurial Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter addressing the following in approximately one page, or one paragraph per question:
    • What is your proposed entrepreneurial venture or freelance project?
    • How will this project advance your work as an entrepreneur and/or artist?
    • What key goals do you have for this project over FWT, and how you will measure success? What key milestones (deliverables, meetings, events, and/or actions) will need to happen over the seven weeks of FWT, and by when, in order to reach your goals?
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Students interested in applying to the Entrepreneurial Option without the Entrepreneurial Fellowship should register their proposed project via Handshake as an "FWT Entrepreneurial Option" by the FWT registration deadline. Detailed instructions are available for registering an FWT Entrepreneurial Option.

Newman Public Action Fellowship

Through the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship, selected students complete an FWT position or Independent Study focused on public action, either domestically or internationally, each supported by a grant. Work may take place anywhere across the globe. This opportunity is available to 5-10 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Fellowship funds must be used for the FWT plan proposed; if your FWT plans change after being awarded a Fellowship, you will be asked to submit a revised budget, and your award may be reduced or rescinded.

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of two FWT preparatory meetings, and to give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

Applications for the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter explaining in 1-3 paragraphs (approximately one page) your proposed FWT plan and how it is associated with responding to a pressing world issue and/or to advancing the quality of public life.
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Arts and Technology Fellowship

Through the Field Work Term Arts and Technology Fellowship, selected students complete an FWT position or Independent Study that focuses on work at the intersection of technology and visual and/or performing arts, each supported by a grant. Work may take place anywhere across the globe. Funded by an anonymous foundation gift, this opportunity is available to 4-5 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Fellowship funds must be used for the FWT plan proposed; if your FWT plans change after being awarded a Fellowship, you will be asked to submit a revised budget, and your award may be reduced or rescinded.

Fellows will be expected to participate in a preparatory meeting in late November, and to give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

Applications for the Arts and Technology Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter addressing the following in approximately one page, or one paragraph per question:
    • What is your proposed FWT plan? For an FWT position: who is the employer and what kind of work do you anticipate doing? For an independent study, what is your proposed project or inquiry, and through what kind of methodology/ies do you plan to approach it?
    • How does your proposed FWT plan engage the intersection of arts and technology?
    • How does your proposed FWT connect to your overall educational goals?
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Population Health Fellowship

Through the Population Health Fellowship, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will host a cohort of 6 Field Work Term students across the dimensions of population health (see list below). The selected students will be part of a coordinated program of learning and doing that will help SVMC advance its thinking and effort around population health. This opportunity is available to returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their applications.

Each selected Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT.

Fellows will be expected to participate in a preparatory meeting in late November, and to give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

The Population Health Fellowship encompasses the following six internship roles:

  • Wellness Warrior: Working with Tiffany Tobin as a mentor, the intern will focus on addressing food systems and food insecurity in the Bennington area. This position will link to community food insecurity groups, the Grateful Hearts, and meal distribution sites in the region.
  • Opioid Response & Social Determinants of Health Advisor: Working with Kristi Cross as a mentor, the intern will focus on addressing the social determinants of health and substance use in the clinical setting. This position will link to Blueprint case managers, as well as the Bennington Community Collaborative.
  • Transitional Care Advisor: Working with Billie Lynn Allard as a mentor, the intern will focus on meeting the challenges of transition from medical care to home life, as well as primary care practice operations. This position will link to the Bennington Community Collaborative and Transitional Care nurses.
  • Data & Information Mover for Population Health: Working with Rich Ogilvie as a mentor, the intern will focus on data systems and analysis (using WorkbenchOne and Care Navigator). This position will link with the "Population Health Economics Guide" (see below) as well as the OneCare data team. Additionally, the position will connect with the broader Information Technology team to create a suite of skill-building projects and experiences.
  • Population Health Economics Guide: Working with Jim Trimarchi as a mentor, will focus on the creation of a population health strategy, community-facing programs, and economic development (using WorkBenchOne). This position will link with the regional comprehensive economic strategy group, The Lightning Jar, the Opioid Response Team, and the "Healthcare Data Analyst" (see above).
  • Community Health Changemaker: Working with Andrea Malinowski as a mentor, will focus on primary prevention and wellness, and the encouragement of healthy behaviors. This position will link with RiseVT-Bennington County, ComeAliveOutside, the VT Department of Health, and the SVMC volunteer network.

Applications for the Population Health Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter. In your cover letter.... Please answer the following question in 250 words or fewer: If you had unlimited authority, what is the one change you would make to the healthcare system that would keep YOU healthy? (Think big, think small, think impact, think real, think innovative, think about you....)
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.