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Center for Experiential Learning

How to Host a Field Period

National Women Hall of Fame (NWHF) Executive Director Chris Moulton, left, poses with Keuka alumna and NWHF Deputy Director Amanda Bishop ’05.  Moulton went from being Amanda’s Field Period supervisor to her boss, now Amanda is continuing the tradition and serving as a Field Period site supervisor for current Keuka students.

National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF) Executive Director Chris Moulton, left, poses with Keuka alumna and NHWF Deputy Director Amanda Bishop '05. Moulton, formerly Amanda's Field Period supervisor, is now her boss. Bishop is continuing the tradition of services as a Field Period supervisor for current Keuka students.

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.

What Are the Benefits of Field Period to an Employer?

By the Numbers

Over the past four years:

  • 83 percent of employers with Field Period students say they would recommend their students for employment in the field
  • 82 percent rated the Keuka College Field Period Program as excellent or above average and would recommend it to other employers
  • 79 percent are interested in having Keuka College Field Period students in the future
  • 35 percent are interested in expanding the number of Field Period students at their organization

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.

What’s the Responsibility of the Employer/Supervisor?

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.