In consultation with the SEPC and the APC, this fall, the College will launch an updated FWT planning and advising process. Students will now submit an FWT proposal to faculty advisors by September 30, 2014, via an online form distributed by the FWT Office at the start of term. Proposals will include up to three ideas for potential job sites and/or areas of interest targeted to a specific industry or cause. Sites listed do not need to be secured at the time of proposal submission, but should reflect intended areas of work exploration. As in the past, FWT sites should support an educational inquiry related to translating conceptual knowledge into practice.
Proposals will be sent directly to faculty advisors for their review. All students are required to meet with their faculty advisors by October 15, 2014 to discuss proposals, dialog about academic connections, brainstorm additional ideas/contacts, and secure advisor approval. This process insures that all students have the opportunity to gain both faculty insights and assistance earlier in the fall FWT planning timeline. Final site approval will be decided by the Director of Field Work Term following FWT registration in November. (Please note, adherence to the September 30th and October 15th due dates are considered in determining a student’s final FWT grade, as are all other FWT related due dates. Students planning on applying for an FWT Summer Deferral or completing an Independent Study as FWT credit are still required to complete the proposal form in accordance with the above due dates.) Students planning to take a leave of absence in the spring term and are eligible for an FWT waiver do not need to complete the FWT Proposal form. To find out whether you are eligible for an FWT waiver, contact the FWT Office.
Ongoing fall advising sessions scheduled at student/faculty discretion will still offer additional opportunities to check in about FWT planning and to update FWT proposals if needed. Approved proposals will remain on-file in the FWT Office.
Students will complete an online FWT registration form by November 21, 2014 through the WorkLink system.
Once a student registers, the FWT Office will:
- Contact the registered supervisor to confirm the position
- Review each registered site and faculty endorsement (per above processes) for final approval. (Registered sites that match faculty-approved proposals will move directly to the FWT Director for final approval. Sites that are not aligned with proposals, will be sent back to the faculty for final review and are not guaranteed approval.)
A student registration status is considered complete only after it receives advisor approval, supervisor confirmation, and FWT Director approval. Students will receive an email at their Bennington address within two to three weeks following registration to notify them whether their FWT position has been fully approved. (If additional information or corrections are needed, students have one week to correct the problem before being marked late.)