Experienced-Based Education is an internship-for-credit program unique to Bethany College. By participating in an EBE, Bethany students earn academic credit while job shadowing or interning.
Anyone can be an intern, but what makes an EBE unique is the learning experience. In an EBE, students
- create an educational plan in coordination with their worksite supervisor;
- attend an EBE orientation;
- journal during the internship;
- write a summary paper on the experience; and
- reflect on the experience afterwards with a sponsoring professor and the career services director.
EBE students not only learn practical career skills and define their career goals, they apply principles studied in the classroom and gain deeper insights into their academic discipline. EBE students also:
- Explore career options
- Enhance their marketability
- Develop professional skills
- Build professional networks
- Draw connections between the classroom and professional world
- Identify and utilize professional resources
- Earn academic credit
EBEs may be completed during any of Bethany’s four semesters: fall, spring, summer or Interterm. Students may arrange for an EBE at a site in or near Lindsborg, or they may complete an EBE anywhere in the world.
Up to 15 semester hours credit can be earned toward graduation through EBEs. With approval from the department chair, four of the maximum 15 hours may be for 300-level credit. All credits are recorded as pass/fail. A maximum of 12 credits can be earned during a semester, six during summer, and three during Interterm. Students earn one credit hour for every 50 hours spent at the job site or working on the internship. Tuition for EBE credit is assessed at the same rate as all other credits for that particular term.
For more information, read the EBE Frequently Asked Questions.
Kevin McCoy is the General Manager of Sodexo Campus Services at Bethany College and has been running the food service since May 1998. He has worked for Sodexo since 1985 in a variety of positions around the Midwest. Kevin graduated from University of Central Missouri in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Administration.