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In consultation with the SEPC and the APC, last fall the College launched an FWT Proposal process. This fall, we continue the process with minor adjustments.

All students submit an FWT Proposal by September 30, 2015, via an online form emailed by the FWT Office during the first week of fall term.  Proposals will include two 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. FWT sites should support an educational inquiry related to translating conceptual knowledge into practice. (Students planning on a Leave of Absence, Study Abroad, Independent Study or a Summer Deferral for this year are still required to fill out the FWT Proposal form. Specific instructions for each are outlined on the form.)

Proposals will be sent directly to faculty advisors for their review. All students meet with their faculty advisors by Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (before Long Weekend) to review their proposal, dialog about academic connections, brainstorm additional ideas/contacts, and clarify next steps. Faculty do not have to approve proposals this year, but do record the date of their FWT Proposal review meeting. Ongoing fall advising sessions scheduled at student/faculty discretion may offer additional opportunities to check in about FWT planning before the FWT registration date.

This process insures that all students have the opportunity to gain faculty insights and assistance early in the fall FWT planning timeline. Students then complete an online FWT registration form by November 13, 2015 through the WorkLink system. Once a student registers, the FWT Office will:

  • Review the student’s FWT position information; discuss concerns with students as necessary; email advisors regarding any apparent issues.

  • Contact the registered site supervisor to confirm the position.

  • Secure faculty advisor approval and determine FWT Office approval.

  • Email students before the end of term to notify them whether their FWT position has been fully approved.

Please note, adherence to due dates is considered in determining a student’s final FWT grade. A late registration fee of $50 is charged if a student misses the registration deadline. Additionally, a student’s FWT grade is adversely affected by each day an FWT Proposal and/or FWT registration is late.

A student's 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.)