Why Field Projects?

We know you have a big decision to make when it comes to whether to do an internship or participate in a field project. For some degree programs, there is only enough credit room for one or the other, so it poses an even bigger dilemma. While both experiential opportunities are amazing, here are our top 3 reasons we believe field projects are an incredibly unique and valuable experience for our students!

1. Experience: Hands on experience with real problems that real businesses need solved.

More than just a case study, field projects are a chance to work with a real business on a problem they’re currently experiencing. You are working in a group of students on your field project instead of alone, but both field projects and internships give you hands-on experience. In a field project, you have the added bonus of being able to learn from your fellow students just as much as your project partner. In some cases, you’ll be able to see your work implemented in real time!

2. Coaching: A supportive environment within a professional setting to help you learn and grow.

Our field projects are with real businesses, yet still provide a safe space for students to learn and grow in their skills and abilities. A project manager and faculty advisor are available throughout the project to guide your experience and make sure you feel as supported as possible. Through this space, our students are able to gain confidence in their critical skills (communication, facilitation, public speaking, presenting) as well as quantitative skills.

3. Growth: Project topics to hone your skills but also push you out of your comfort zone.

Some of our field projects can be quite challenging, resulting in our students learning and growing rapidly as the project evolves. This is your chance to gain new skills, see what you like and don’t like about certain career fields, and really learn what it is you want to do after graduating. You might be surprised to find your interest leaning somewhere you didn’t consider initially!

There are so many other great reasons to be a part of a field project, but for now we will leave it at that! Still have questions? Reach out to the Field Project Team at fieldprojects@brandeis.edu.

By Brittani Harris
Brittani Harris Assistant Director, Academic Experiential Learning