This Field Period™ provided a great taste of a variety of communications aspects in a hospital setting, where you have to navigate an office environment, but also attend events and goings ons within the department. Students considering the PR or communications career path but not sure of how to go about it will be challenged. In addition, PR in the health care setting can be very different due to HIPPA and other privacy laws that a medical organization must take into account.
Going along on some of the media interviews was some of the best parts. I got to be in a radio studio while one of our physicians gave a talk about nutrition. I helped with the filming of several television newscasts and got to meet reporters, (great for networking!) The coolest thing was a media assignment one day where I got to scrub in and head to the OR with a news crew to observe a brain surgery!
Parts of the job require you to understand the financial aspects of purchasing and selling real estate, and also to understand and abide by the legal ramifications of dealing in real estate. Also, there could be challenges learning how to deal with and handle the clientele.
I was able to understand the buying and selling market which will help me later on in life and my career. I also had the privilege to work on research in the real estate office that won an award for selling the highest value of property in the country in 2013.
Emily Forrester ’13 talks about her Field Period with the Rochester Knighthawks.
In 1942, a Keuka College graduate and administrator named Edith Estey ’33 created Field Period, and it’s been the cornerstone of the College ever since. Keuka Field Period has been featured in The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. So what is it?
Field Period is an internship that turns experience into knowledge.
As a Keuka student, you’ll participate in a 140-hour Field Period each year you’re here.
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 continue longer than that. And before you start Field Period, you’ll define specific learning goals and objectives. 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 recap paper, and handing in your reflective journal.
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