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Field Period Focus

Emily Pidgeon
Emily Pidgeon
Oneonta, NY
Oneonta YMCA
Thanh Do
Thanh Do
US District & Bankruptcy Court

The Keuka Field Period

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.

Field Periods are often similar to traditional internships but may also be a cultural experience, community service project, or spiritual/faith-based exploration.

There’s 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, 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: