Professional Field Experience

Student looking through microscope.Working in your chosen field is how you learn about the specifics of a career path. Some things just need to be learned outside of the classroom, and that’s where CCV’s Professional Field Experience (PFE) course comes into play. While not as intensive as an internship but more enriching than a volunteer experience, PFE is built into most degree and certificate programs at CCV. It’s a combination of in-class academic work and hands-on study, working with your instructor and with a business or organization in your field.

How Does It Work?

  • After completing 30 credits, students speak with their advisor and register for PFE.
  • Once enrolled, students work with a faculty member to identify a suitable placement and craft a resume and cover letter.
  • After a placement is made, students work with a field placement supervisor to create a learning contract that aligns with degree outcomes.
  • During the PFE, students will complete a minimum of 80 hours working in the field and 15 hours of classroom learning.
  • Throughout the semester students complete course assignments designed to enhance and build upon the learning acquired in their field placement.
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