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With your resume in hand, you’re ready to obtain professional experience in your field! You’ll find a range of tools to help you further explore and reach your goals. The EBE program at Bethany allows students to earn credit and learn through professional experiences outside the classroom. There are many different types of EBEs, such as

  • Internships,
  • Practicums,
  • Shadowing/observing a professional in the field,
  • Completing a service learning project throughout the semester,
  • Conducting undergraduate research, or
  • Studying abroad.

Starting a new EBE can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. Approach your experience as you would a full-time, permanent job in order to make the most out of the opportunityHere are 8 ways to make the most of your internship experience! Use the EBE Student Handbook to prepare for and successfully complete your EBE. The handbook offers answers to questions; outlines the roles of student, faculty, and supervisor; and details the assignments per course.

Understanding the differences between an internship and observation could help you determine which type of EBE is most appealing. Also, consider observing one semester and interning the next!

  • An “internship” is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill developmentin a professional setting. An internship is a 3-way partnership between the student, the employer, and Bethany College. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. Interns positively contribute to an employer’s business objectives and goals. And they give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent for prospective hires!
  • Observation/Shadowingoccurs under the supervision of a professional within a specific industry with the intention to learn more about that career/industry and the day-to-day responsibilities of a specific occupation. It does not include hands-on skill development or the contribution to an employer’s business objectives. Rather, this type of EBE is focused on obtaining knowledge and experiencing a specific environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions about EBEs

  • How do I choose an EBE worksite?Students are responsible for finding a EBE worksite. Students can meet with their faculty members and the Office of Career Services to discuss the purpose of the EBE and to brainstorm potential worksites. Some resources to help find a worksite:
  •  How do I get enrolled in an EBE?
  •  EB297 vs EB397—what’s the difference? You are in control of your EBE course enrollment—You decide which courseand how many credits. Regardless of the course number (EB297, EB397), a student can earn 1 hour of credit for every 40 EBE hours logged at the worksite (or working for the supervisor). A maximum of 12 credits can be earned during a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer); and 3 credits during interterm. Ask your faculty advisor, if you’re unsure as to how many credits you might need. Indicate the course and credit load on the Education Plan. Do not enroll in more credits than you and your supervisor have agreed you’ll be able to complete during the semester. In addition to the EBE assignments, students enrolled in EB397 must work with a faculty advisor and worksite supervisor to determine an additional project that produces a learning outcome artifact. Find instructions and examples of projects in the EBE Student Handbook.
  • Can I do an EBE on campus?Students can work for departments on campus as long as the EBE is designed to help the student progress within his/her academic discipline and learn about a career/industry. Students must still work with the Office of Career Services, a faculty advisor, and the site supervisor (even when on campus) in the development of an on campus EBE.
  • What if I want to do an EBE with my coach?Athletic/Coaching EBEs are allowed, if they are relevant to your major and/or career path; however, it is best if EBEs are performed outside of your primary sport(s). In an athletic EBE, seek out these options, in this order:
    • 1. Work with a business/organization in the community, such as a local school or fitness organization.
    • 2. Work with a Bethany College department outside of the athletic department, such as Admissions.
    • 3. Work with an athletic department or office at an area institution/college.
    • 4. Work with a Bethany College athletic department excluding your primary sport. For this EBE option, your primary athletic coach cannot be the EBE Site Supervisor.
    • 5. As a last option, if you work within your own athletic department in an EBE and must be supervised by your primary sport coaching personnel, you must get preapproval from the Provost and the Dean of Athletics.
  •  What if I want to do an EBE with a family member?Family members may not supervise EBEs. If you obtain an EBE through a family connection, that is ok. The EBE is designed to broaden your network and professional experiences.

Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines and Important Dates

EBE Info Session | Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:00PM (Levin)
EBE Info Session | Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:00PM (Levin)
Summer 2019 Enrollment Deadline (Health EBEs) | Friday, March 29, 5:00PM
EBE Info Session | Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:00PM (Levin)
Summer 2019 Enrollment Deadline (non-Health EBEs) | Friday, April 12, 2019, 5:00PM
EBE Info Session | Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:00AM, 11:30AM, 12:00PM (Levin)
Fall 2019 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, June 28, 2019, 5:00PM
Interterm 2020 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00PM
Spring 2020 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, December 20, 2019, 5:00PM
Summer 2020 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, April 3, 2020, 5:00PM
Fall 2020 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, June 26, 2020, 5:00PM
Interterm 2021 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, November 13, 2020, 5:00PM
Spring 2021 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, December 18, 2020, 5:00PM
Summer 2021 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, April 2, 2021, 5:00PM

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Caitlin Rethorst

Assistant Dean of Student Development/Director of Career Services
Office Pihlblad Memorial Union Office of Student Development Phone: 785.227.3380 x8274 Read Biography
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