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Center for Experiential Learning

Field Period™ Experiences & Internships

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 reasons why we’re a national leader in experiential learning, and have been featured in The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. So what is it?

Field Period™ is an annual, self-designed experience that gives students a chance to explore their interests. A Field Period™ can be an internship, a cultural study in the U.S. or abroad, community service project, artistic endeavor, or spiritual-based exploration.

Keuka College biology alumna Camille Fontaine ’06 shares advice with new students about Field Period™.

As a Keuka College 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.

A Field Period™ is often similar to a traditional internship, but may also be a cultural study in the U.S. or abroad, community service project, artistic endeavor, or spiritual/faith-based exploration.

There is no limit to where you can do your Field Period, whether it’s around the corner at the local day care center, at a Fortune 500 company in a major metropolitan area, or in the national parks of Costa Rica. Field Period is a great way to help you fine-tune your interests, reinforce your choice of major, and/or explore new career paths.

What Makes Field Period Unique?

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:

How the Center Can Help You

Staff in the Center for Experiential Learning, located in Hegeman Hall, are here to support students and Field Period™ sites throughout the entire Field Period™ process.

We Can Assist Students With:

We Can Assist Prospect Field Period™ Sites With: