Field Work Term Information

As you prepare for a successful FWT, below are a few resources to help you navigate costs, housing, and the professional world:

Important reminders for FWT Site Work:

  • The FWT period runs from January 6 through February 14, 2020. You may begin your FWT position anytime after the end of fall classes, but all required hours must be completed by February 14.
  • Fill out your timesheet and have your supervisor sign it on a weekly basis.
  • You are required to check your Bennington email throughout FWT for important updates.
  • Please review the handbook for details on submitting your FWT reflection via Handshake, and other FWT assessment criteria. First-year students will submit a self-evaluation survey, while returning students will answer reflective essay prompts.

Important reminders for FWT Independent Studies:

  • You are expected to check in with your Independent Study (IS) sponsor at a minimum every other week over FWT, either in person or via phone/Skype/email/shared online platform.
  • Throughout the FWT period, you are expected to share work-in progress, and you should submit final FWT work by the end of FWT, Friday, February 14, 2020.
  • You are encouraged to meet with your sponsor on your return, although all work is due by February 14. Your sponsor must submit an evaluation of your IS work by Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • As you are completing a full Independent Study (200 hours), you do not need to complete or submit a Reflective Work Option.
  • Please note that students may only complete one Independent Study for FWT.

Important reminders for students completing FWT in a country other than their own:

  • In planning for FWT, it is your responsibility to research the visa regulations related to the country you will be visiting, to stay up-to-date on any changes to visa regulations, and to ensure you have met the required credentials and paperwork requirements before you travel, as outlined in the FWT Travel Risk Waiver.
  • It is also critical that you research and understand any safety and/or health risks related to your destination, including reviewing the U.S. State Department’s Travel Warnings and Consular Information SheetsTravel Advisories, the Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices, and information from your home country’s embassy website if you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • It is your responsibility to assess your comfort with the documented level of risk for your destination, and take the recommended steps to prepare for safe travel abroad. If you have questions or concerns, please schedule a FWT advising appointment so that we can support you in considering your options.

We’re here to help!

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns or schedule an FWT Advising session on Handshake. During FWT, we are open for phone/Skype advising 8:30 am-4:00 pm every day, and we are eager to support you with any questions that may arise. Field Work Term is also a great time to be thinking broadly about your life and career goals, and we are here to support you with career exploration advising sessions.

Student Employment

All student are now able to view and apply for on-campus jobs for the Spring 2020 term on Handshake. Open positions are more limited than in the fall, so a strong resume is key for all applications. If you would like assistance with your application, or have questions, book an advising appointment, and check out the resume and cover letter resource guides provided by the Field Work Term and Career Development Office. If you have questions, contact campusjobs@bennington.edu or attend Coordinator of Work Learning Opportunities Ray Stevens’s open office hours Fridays 12:00-2:00 pm through the end of the fall term.