In 1942, a Keuka College graduate and administrator named Edith Estey ’33 created Field Period, and it has been the cornerstone of the College ever since. Field Period is one of the top 10 reasons why we’re the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, and was featured in The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. So what is it?
Field Period is an internship that transforms experience into knowledge.
Keuka biology alumna Camille Fontaine ’06 shares advice with new students about Field Period.
As a Keuka student, you are required to conduct a Field Period each year.
This means by the time you graduate, you’ll have significant real-world experience that will give you a tremendous competitive advantage when it comes time to apply for jobs or graduate school.
There’s a reason students, employers, and media organizations rave about how effective Field Period is, and it’s because of Field Period’s three main components:
A Self-Initiated Placement: You figure out where you’d like to do Field Period, and our staff will help you set it up. If you’re not sure where you’d like to go, you can always check our database of previous Field Period sites, or meet with our staff.
An Intensive Learning Experience: The minimum time requirement for Field Period is 140 hours, but many students exceed that amount. Prior to beginning your Field Period, you’ll define specific learning goals and objectives to help guide your experience. In other words, you’re not just going for the sake of going; you’re going to get something specific from it.
A Multi-Faceted Evaluation: After Field Period is over, you’ll be responsible for giving a presentation, writing a Field Period summary paper, and handing in your reflective journal.