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:
- 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.
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:
- Discovering the resources available through our Career Connections system
- Developing a Field Period™ proposal through our First-Year Experience (FYE) class
- Networking for potential Field Period™ sites
We Can Assist Prospect Field Period™ Sites With:
- Posting Field Period™ opportunities for students to find
- On-campus recruiting for Field Period™ opportunities
- Best practices in hosting a student for their Field Period™ experience
- Developing a sustainable Field Period™ program