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
- 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 opportunity. Here 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 development in 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/Shadowing occurs 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
- What is the deadline to enroll in an EBE? The EBE paperwork is due the First Friday of the semester in which you’re enrolling in the EBE. All completed paperwork must be turned in to the Office of Career Services, digitally or in person. Note: Interterm/Summer have different registration deadlines. Stay up to date on the upcoming deadlines for each term.
- How do I choose an EBE worksite? You are responsible for finding your EBE worksite. Meet with your faculty members and the Office of Career Services to discuss the purpose of your EBE. Then, brainstorm potential EBE worksites that could meet your needs. Discuss your career path and goals to determine how you’d like to explore your career moving forward. Several resources can help you find an EBE that meets your career exploration needs:
- Visit the Office of Career Services
- Talk with faculty, coaches, and other campus mentors
- Work your connections back home—family, friends, previous jobs, organizations etc. (e.g., work, church, gym, etc.)
- Scan local Chamber of Commerce websites for companies that interest you, then reach out!
- Search online for paid and unpaid openings. Some options:
- How do I get enrolled in an EBE? Before enrolling, you must have a work site and talk with your supervisor at the company. Along with your supervisor, you must complete the required paperwork by the deadline to be enrolled. Required paperwork includes an Education Plan, which outlines the EBE description and learning objectives, and it is signed by all parties involved (student, faculty advisor, supervisor, Director of Career Services); and the Company/Organization Information Form detailing the company and contact info of supervisor. Students must also attend EBE Orientation before beginning their EBE. Orientations are offered before the beginning of each new semester.
- EB297 vs EB397—what’s the difference? You are in control of your EBE course enrollment—You decide which course and 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 4 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.
- I have assignments during EBE? EBE is a course, just like any other course you take at Bethany. You must do assignments throughout and at the end of the term. For both EB297 and EB397, you will journal throughout your experience and write a final assessment paper at the end. Students enrolled in EB397 will create and execute an additional assignment, as determined by the student, faculty advisor, and supervisor. Students also track hours on a work log, which is turned in at the end of the EBE. All assignments are uploaded to eSwede. The assignments are flexible, if a student proposes a different method of learning assessment with the Director of Career Services prior to beginning the EBE.
- Can I get paid for my EBE? But don’t assume you’re receiving payment unless you are completing an internship with a company that has already clarified those expectations. The primary purpose of an EBE is to gain valuable work experience and career clarity. An unpaid internship must be a learning opportunity, not grunt work for the company. If you are concerned about the quality of your experience, contact Career Services.
- 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:
- Work with a business/organization in the community, such as a local school or fitness organization.
- Work with a Bethany College department outside of the athletic department, such as Admissions.
- Work with an athletic department or office at an area institution/college.
- 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.
- 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.
Suggested Timeline for Planning an EBE
Term prior to EBE Enrollment
Talk to EBE Faculty Advisor and Career Services
Attend Info Session
Confirm Work Site
First Friday of Semester at 5:00 p.m.
Last week of classes/Sunday before term
Check-in with Career Services and EBE Faculty Advisor
Journal about experience and upload entries to eSwede
Last day of term, 5:00 p.m.
Turn in Paper, Final Journal, and EB397 Artifacts on eSwede
End of term
Debriefing meeting with EBE Faculty Advisor
Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines and Important Dates
Fall 2018 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, August 24, 2018, 5:00PM
EBE Info Session | Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 11:30AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM (Levin)
EBE Info Session | Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:30AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM (Levin)
Interterm/Spring EBE Orientation | Thursday, December 6, 2018, 12:30PM or 5:00PM (Levin)
Interterm 2019 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00PM
Interterm/Spring EBE Orientation | Sunday, January 6, 2018, 5:00PM (Levin)
Spring EBE Orientation | Sunday, January 27, 2018, 5:00PM (Levin)
Spring 2019 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, February 1, 2019, 5:00PM
EBE Info Session | Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:30AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM (Levin)
EBE Info Session | Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:30AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM (Levin)
Summer 2019 Enrollment Deadline | Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:00PM