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FWT Changes Take Shape

Phase I of FWT updates are underway. We’ve brought the office back to the center of campus, hired a new director, and are recalibrating office operations to improve our student-centered approach. We are partnering with the Dean’s Office and Student Life in ever-emerging ways that orient around a student’s comprehensive development.  Dean of FWT Holly McCormack is also working with Dean of the College Isabel Roche on additional FWT initiatives to be launched later this fall. These initiatives will focus on reflection as a form of learning and assessment. We are identifying meaningful and interesting new approaches to frame, analyze, and extend thinking about FWT—before, throughout, and after the winter term. Stay tuned.

Where You’ll Find Us

We’re back in the Barn! Stop in and see us in an updated Barn 113, where the offices of FWT and Student Life will be working together to better support you. We have the coffee brewing, the popcorn popping, and a new student lounge area ready for your return.

New Director of Field Work Term and Career Development

We are delighted to announce that Erica Walsh, formerly the associate director in admissions, has joined us as the new director of Field Work Term and Career Development. Erica’s time in Admissions has given her a strong understanding of, and a deep appreciation for the College, FWT, and Bennington students. Prior to Bennington, Erica enjoyed a 12-year career as a writer, producer, and managing editor for media companies including Reuters, Discovery Network, and Sony Pictures Television. She brings with her an enthusiasm for meaningful work, a passion for writing and creating, and real world know-how.

FWT Postings for 2014

As of August 1, we have more than 150 positions already posted for this winter’s FWT, and new ones arriving every day. Be sure to check out the latest and greatest offerings listed on WorkLink or stop by the office to learn more. Your dream FWT job is awaiting you!

Career Coaching Available

Whether you still consider yourself a FWT rookie or a well-seasoned internship veteran, we invite you to stop in anytime to discuss your FWT plans. If life after Bennington is what’s on your mind, by all means, let’s talk. With career coaching sessions we can help you find what you may be looking for, and you might be surprised at what you discover. Its career planning, Bennington style—purposeful conversation and thoughtful inquiry. Walk-ins welcome. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting FWT & CDO (802-440-4321; on campus x4321) or using Genbook.

FWT Hours Waived

Due to the 2014 calendar, the upcoming FWT will be a few days shy of seven weeks. As such, we’ve waived 20 hours this year from the standard 210-hour requirement. Students can work all of the 190 hours at up to three primary sites, or have the option to use 50 hours towards supplemental positions at secondary sites. Contact us with any questions.