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Proposing your Connecting Experience

Your proposal due date will depend on the location of your experience. Visit our calendar for exact dates. Your experience cannot count as a Connecting Experience, and you cannot be registered for a BDP course without submitting a proposal signed by your faculty mentor. Remember it can take time to get signatures from faculty members.


Each type of Connecting Experience (internship, research, or creative project) has its own contract that needs to be signed by your faculty mentor. You and your mentor should agree on a meeting schedule, expectations for communication, and grading requirements. Contracts include a handout you can leave with your faculty mentor that describes his/her role.

Internship Contract
Research Contract
Creative Project Contract

Connecting Experience Scholarship Application

University Extension Credit Form
Only available for Summer Connecting Experiences

  • Internship Contracts include a form your Internship Supervisor needs to complete. Keep in mind that your faculty mentor and internship supervisor cannot be the same person. Contracts include a handout you can leave with your supervisor that describes BDP expectations and guidelines for internships.

Proposal Statement

You must also submit a one-page, double-spaced statement describing your proposed experience. In your project description, clearly articulate how your experience relates to your BDP topic and, if applicable, to your strand.

Approval of Experience

A BDP advisor will notify you via email if your Connecting Experience proposal is approved. If you are receiving BDP credit, your advisor will register you.