What is an EBE?

Experience-Based Education (EBE) plays an important part of the career planning process during college. The EBE program at Bethany allows students to learn and earn credit through professional experiences outside the classroom. This experience can range from observing several professionals simultaneously to learning about one office through the hands-on experience of a formal internship. Administered by the Office of Career Services, the EBE program gives students the opportunity to explore different careers, and find a solid match between careers and interests.

What do I have to do?

•  Choose an EBE worksite

•  Fill out the paperwork

•  Create an educational plan

•  Recruit a faculty sponsor

•  Show up for the EBE

•  Write a daily journal during the EBE

•  Participate in a review meeting with your faculty sponsor and the director of career services

How do I choose an EBE worksite?

Determine what career you would like to explore. Are you certain of your career path? Do you know exactly what profession you want? Try an EBE in that profession. If you’ve chosen correctly, the EBE will confirm your decision. If you learn that you don’t enjoy that profession, then you’ll know before you’ve gone through four years of college to pursue a profession that you don’t enjoy. Are you trying to decide between several professions? Try one of them out in an EBE. If you’re trying to decide between several kinds of medical practice, consider an EBE of observing several doctors simultaneously to compare the experiences. Do you have no idea what you want to do? Great. Think of a job that sounds interesting and try it out for an EBE. Just getting into the workplace and out of the classroom will help you determine what parts of a job you enjoy and what you absolutely do not want to do. Remember, often an EBE is most valuable because it helps you know what you do NOT want to do.

What about the paperwork?

Pick up a packet from the EBE Coordinator. Most of the paperwork is pretty basic name, worksite address, faculty sponsor name, etc. You must obtain written approval from your faculty sponsor. You must also create an educational plan with your worksite supervisor.  See the EBE educational plan sample sheet in the EBE packet.

Does the student have any responsibilities in addition to those assigned by the worksite supervisor?

Yes. The student must complete a daily journal for every day of the EBE. The expectations for journal entries are outlined in the EBE journal handout. In addition to the journal, the student must submit a packet prior to beginning the EBE. This packet includes an educational plan, and detailed information about the worksite.  After the EBE, each student will submit an assessment plan and participate in a final meeting with the faculty sponsor and the EBE Coordinator.

Who arranges the final EBE meeting?

Unless the EBE occurs during Interterm, the student is responsible for scheduling the final review meeting with both the faculty sponsor and EBE Coordinator. If is an Interterm EBE, the EBE Coordinator will arrange the meetings. Who else is involved in the EBE? Each student must get the approval of an academic advisor and work with a faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor meets with the student before and after the EBE. Prior to the EBE, the faculty sponsor advises the student in establishing their learning goals. After the EBE, the sponsor reads the students EBE journal and participates in a final meeting with the student and the EBE Coordinator.

How does a student earn credit?

The student can earn 1 hour of credit for every 50 hours spent at the worksite (or working for the supervisor). There are limits on how much EBE credit can be earned during a specific academic period. A maximum of 12 credits can be earned during a semester, six during the summer, and four during interterm. Most students perform their EBE for 200-level credit.

A student wishing to earn 300-level credit must work with their department chair to determine an additional project that might include research. The student might ask the faculty sponsor or worksite supervisor to act as a resource for this additional project. Project examples include:

•  Developing a database to enhance the efficiency of an organization

•  Giving a power point summary of your internship

•  Conducting research on a current topic in your career field

•  Reading professional journals and summarizing information

Can the student receive payment for an EBE?

Yes. The primary purpose of an EBE is to gain valuable work experience and career clarity. While it is acceptable for students to receive payment, we advise students to not expect employers to provide payment for an internship experience.