All employers and organizations interested in hosting a Field Period student are welcome to post opportunities through the Center for Experiential Learning. Opportunities are posted online and distributed to the appropriate academic department for faculty and student viewing. You’re welcome to post opportunities using Storm Tracker, our online database, or by contacting the Center for Experiential Learning.
One of the ways you can take part in on-campus recruiting for Field Period/internship and volunteer positions is by coming to our annual Experiential Learning Fair, held each fall semester. You can also learn more about recruiting on campus.
Field Period terms run over the month of January and summer break. It’s recommended that employers and organizations looking to have Field Period students at their site post opportunities for the January break by mid-September and for the summer break by mid-March. Field Periods at all other times of the year can be posted as needed.
Over the past four years:
Hosting Field Period students can benefit your organization in many ways, including:
In the National Associations of Colleges and Employers’ 2012 Internship & co-op Survey, it was reported that “of [employers'] 2011-12 expected new college hires, more than 40 percent will come from employers’ own internship and co-op programs. Four out of five employers report higher retention rates among their college hires that have internship/co-op experience versus those that had no such experience.”
The Field Period program connects employers to students and allows for on-the job training before full-time employment ever begins.
The on-site supervisor for the Field Period program provides guidance, supervision, and evaluation of the student during the Field Period.
This supervisor must approve the student’s learning contract and discuss the contract with the student, verifying that the learning goals, objectives, and activities listed will actually be facilitated by the site. The supervisor also serves as a resource person to the student throughout the Field Period, answering questions and guiding the student to achieve the stated objectives. Upon completion of the Field Period, the site is required to complete a final evaluation of the student, which is one component of the evaluation process that the student will complete upon returning to campus after the Field Period.