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 are due October 11, 2019 at 5 pm via Handshake. The following fellowships are available for the 2020 Field Work Term:

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

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.

As a required component of the Fellowship, all accepted applicants must attend an all-day open intensive on the Business of Theatre hosted on Saturday, November 9, from 10 am to 5 pm in Commons 319 by George Forbes, Executive Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in partnership with the Drama discipline. The intensive is open to all Drama students, but Lortel Fellows are required to attend.

Fellows are also expected to give a formal presentation about their work at FWT Night in the Spring. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

To apply for the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by Friday, October 25, 2019.

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 February 14, 2020. 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.

To apply for the Field Work Term Entrepreneurial Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Fellowship applicants will be notified of selection decisions by Friday, October 25, 2019. Approved projects must then be registered via Handshake as an "FWT Entrepreneurial Option" by the registration deadline of November 8.

Students interested in applying to the Entrepreneurial Option without the Entrepreneurial Fellowship will respond to the questions above as well and register their proposal by November 8, 2019. 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.)

To apply for the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by Friday, October 25, 2019.

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.)

To apply for the Arts and Technology Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by Friday, October 25, 2019.

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.

To apply for the Population Health Fellowship, submit the following via the relevant Handshake listing (above) by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by Friday, October 25, 2019. Accepted applicants must confirm acceptance by Thursday, October 31, 2019.