Career Development, Field Work Term & Student Employment
The Career Development staff is ready to help you with every stage of your career exploration journey, from your first Field Work Term to your campus work to your senior job search. We hope you reach out early and see us often.
- Alumni networking to tap into Bennington’s diverse professional community
- Career coaching to help you assess your skills, strengths, and goals
- Job search help to find Field Work Term opportunities, summer internships, and post-grad jobs
- Campus employment matching assistance
- Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile critiques to catch employers' attention
- Mock interview sessions to help you feel prepared
New for FWT 2020
Starting with FWT 2020, students are now required to complete 200 hours over 6 weeks of the Field Work Term, a reduction of 10 hours in total. This can be broken down into 140 primary hours and 60 supplemental hours. Please review the Field Work Term Requirements for more detail.
Updated Website and Tools
In response to student feedback about difficulty finding and navigating the Field Work Term and Career Development website pages, significant changes have been made to organization and structure in order to improve your user experience. Please check out the Field Work Term pages to see the updates we’ve made.
We are also excited to offer three new free tools for you, linked from these pages: an inspiring career exploration tool called Roadtrip Nation, a free online strengths and skills assessment tool called Clifton Strengths for Students, and practice interview software called Big Interview, which offers solid advice about communicating with employers to best showcase your unique value.
New Interview Practice Room
In response to student feedback about the need for a quiet place to conduct job search meetings, real and practice interviews, students can now use the upstairs Quiet Study Room in Crossett Library. The room includes a MacBook computer with Skype and a landline phone. Make a reservation, and shortly before your reserved time, sign in at the main desk in the Crossett Library. Students wishing to practice interviewing remotely can book a simultaneous session with one of the FWT Office staff and hold a mock call with them from this location.
Expanded Listings and Resources on Handshake
Handshake is your one-stop-shop for a range of work opportunities and career development resources. Log into Handshake to find:
- Over 2,000 paid jobs for graduating seniors
- A growing number of internships posted specifically for the winter Field Work Term (search under job type Co-Op)
- 800+ general internships across a wide range of industries and locations, over 40% of which are paid
- A comprehensive list of currently available student employment positions
- Community engagement and volunteer opportunities
- The option to create a public profile through which employers can find you
- A career resource library of useful documents for finding FWT and other positions
- Archives of previous FWT sites from the past 10 years
- Your go-to place to schedule appointments for advising on FWT, student employment, and career development
New students will receive Handshake access during the first week of fall classes. Returning students already have access to their Handshake accounts but can contact the FWT Office with any questions.
Field Work Term Fellowships
Returning students are eligible to apply for several specialized Field Work Term fellowships. In addition to funding, fellowships offer mentorship and the opportunity to be part of a cohort of students working in specific focus areas. See each fellowship listing below for details.
All Field Work Term fellowships are listed on Handshake; search by job type “Fellowship” and label “Field Work Term Position.” Fellowships are currently available in public action, theater, arts and technology, and entrepreneurship. A new Bennington-based fellowship in population health will be opening soon.
Increased Flexibility in Field Work Offerings
With support from the Office of Field Work Term and Career Development and Faculty Advisors, students choose from a broad array of work-integrated learning experiences to “count” for their annual field work experience requirement. All of these experiences are designed to combine theory and practice, deepen knowledge and understanding, and enhance work-related capacities. Options for FWT include:
- FWT internships during the winter (special approval for summer opportunities may be possible; contact the FWT office)
- Fellowships in public action, entrepreneurship, theater, or arts and technology
- Eligible campus work
- Volunteer/community engagement activity
- Independent study/advanced research
- Professional certification or apprenticeships
Need help sorting through these options? Schedule an appointment with a FWT advisor to help you choose what is best for you.
All student hiring takes place on Handshake, where many campus positions as well as local employers are still hiring for fall term. Detailed hiring instructions and policies can be found on the College’s student employment page. Ray Stevens ’15 manages campus employment within the Office of Career Development. Ray is eager to assist students with access to their desired work hours and jobs, as well as any questions or concerns that may arise during the work experience. Feel free to email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org, set up an appointment to meet with her, or stop by her new office space Barn 113G.