Field Period Resources

Due to the global impact of COVID-19 several changes have been implemented for the Summer 2020 through Summer 2021 Field Period terms:


  • Experiences with companies or organizations can occur virtually or in-person. In-person experiences will be at the students' own risk and students agree to follow the recommendations and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Students will be able to complete virtual Project-Based experiences of appropriate academic rigor for Field Period credit. Check out the COVID-19 Alternatives tab for details.

  • Keuka College cannot support experiences abroad for Field Period credit if that country has a Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisor in place by the Department of State. International students can still choose to do experiences in their home countries.

Field Period is an annual, self-designed experience that gives students a chance to explore their interests. Field Period can be an internship, observation, cultural experience, community service project, artistic endeavor or spiritual-based exploration.

Summer 2021 Deadlines

Field Period Course Proposals Due in Handshake

April 16, 2021

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Field Period Approvals Due in Handshake

April 30, 2021

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Summer Field Period Term

May 24 — August 27, 2021

FP Step by Step.pdf

Field Period Made Easy

We know the Field Period process can be a lot - and we're here to help you every step of the way. Refer to the PDF on the left for links to help you navigate this process.





About Field Period

  • A Field Period course proposal is made up of the learning contract and thank you letter submitted in the Handshake system for approval

  • About 70% of Keuka College students do Field Period during the January term; 30% do it during the summer

  • Experiences can be done right in your hometown or across the world for Field Period

  • Each Field Period is worth 3 academic credits (it may be possible to do two shorter experiences for 1.5 credits)

  • Field Period requires a minimum of 140 hours — at least 120 on-site and 20 in setting up your experience and completing the reflective assignments

  • Field Period is a pass/fail course; a passing grade shows up as an "S" for "satisfactory" on your transcript

  • Refer to your Progress Report under Self-Service in the Portal for specifics on how many and what major requirements you need

  • Field Period experiences can be paid or unpaid