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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, or see the table below.

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.

Your completed Connecting Experience proposal will include:

Connecting Experience Proposal Deadlines

Visit our calendar for exact dates in a given semester.

Location of Experience Fall Deadline Spring Deadline Summer Deadline
US On the 2nd class day On the 2nd class day On last day of spring finals
Abroad August 1 November 1 April 1

Approval of Experience

A BDP advisor will notify you via email if your Connecting Experience proposal is approved, denied, or in need of revisions. If you are receiving BDP credit, your advisor will register you.

Contract

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 to review with your faculty mentor that describes the mentor’s role.

  • 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 to review with your supervisor that describes BDP expectations and guidelines for internships

Forms for Summer Experiences (including an option for University Extension credit):
Internship Contract
Research Contract
Creative Project Contract

Forms for Fall or Spring Experiences (University Extension option not available):
Internship Contract
Research Contract
Creative Project Contract

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. You can also discuss why you chose your Faculty Mentor.