The Center for Civic Engagement plays a central role in assisting students in securing internships and providing other opportunities to learn and grow. CCE coordinates with numerous partners on campus, and an array of off-campus programs both stateside and abroad, featuring numerous internship opportunities. Additionally, CCE spearheads the Community Action Awards. These awards provide funding for more than 50 students annually who are pursuing pre-professional experience and community action projects that address issues related to the field of civic engagement.
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InternshipsThe Center for Civic Engagement offers a number of paths to secure an internship. On campus, we help arrange student internships through several offices, including the Career Development Office, the Dean of Studies, Election@Bard, the Environmental and Urban Studies Program, and the Human Rights Project. In addition, Bard sponsors an array of off-campus programs, in the United States and abroad, including BGIA in New York City as well as study away internships.
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Community Action Award Summer Internship Funding
Community Action Award applications are now available. The Bard Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally and internationally by providing funding to participate in internships and other forms of community engagement that address issues impacting people and communities around the world.
Each summer CCE provides awards to support student internships, pre-professional experiences, and community action projects. Internships address issue(s) related to the broad field of civic engagement, including education, government, justice, human rights, media, public policy, the arts and social entrepreneurship. Maximum award is $3,000. Students are expected to work at the internship site full-time for four to eight weeks.
Deadline: First round applications due Friday, March 31; second round applications due Friday, April 14.
Award recipients are required to submit two blogs during the summer and participate in the CAA Engagement Series. Awards are only given to current Bard students in good standing who intend to return for at least one term after completing the internship. Awards are not designed to support tuition for academic programs for which students receive academic credit or certificates.
1. If I haven’t heard from an employer yet, or if I am still deciding where I will intern, can I apply?
Yes! Applicants can submit email confirmations or letters indicating that they are in the process of applying. If granted an award, an applicant must provide final confirmation from an employer before funding is released. Awards may be dependent on internship sites.
2. Can I apply for multiple sites?
Yes, you can. However, final confirmation from an employer must be submitted to release funding. Only one application per student is necessary with a general overview outlining why the internship site(s) meet an applicant’s goals.
3. How do I know if a site is appropriate?
Most students who receive funding are working at governmental, NGO, educational, or non-profit agencies and organizations. Individual projects are funded occasionally, but, for the most part, we reserve funding for students in onsite internships with an employer.
4. How can I find a site or an internship?
The CCE (firstname.lastname@example.org) has contacts at a number of internship sites, along with the Career Development Office (email@example.com) and the Alumni/ae Affairs Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, we encourage you to research organizations in your field of interest.
If you find or already have an organization in mind, look to see if they have a formal application possible for internships. Idealist.org compiles internship listings as does CDO’s College Central database.
5. How are Community Action Award winners determined?
A committee comprised of faculty and staff from various departments across campus meet and review the applications.
6. Do I need to keep the CCE updated on my internship once I am a Community Action Award recipient?
Yes, we want to hear from you! All CAA recipients are required to write two blog posts for the CCE over the course of your internship and participate in the CAA Engagement Series upon your return to campus. All interns are asked to submit a supervisor’s evaluation form within two weeks of the end of the internship. In addition, feel free to send us an occasional update to let us know how things are going; we love hearing about your amazing work.
7. I’m planning on doing an academic program over the summer for which I will receive academic credit—can I use the CAA to fund the tuition?
We do not provide CAA grants to be used for tuition prices or to cover costs of certificate programs. And, we do not fund internship sites that require tuition for participation.
8. I won’t be returning to Bard after my internship—can I still apply?
No, sorry. All CAA recipients must return to Bard for at least one semester after the planned internship.
9. I have other questions that aren’t answered here—is there someone I can ask?
Please feel free to e-mail the Center for Civic Engagement at email@example.com with any additional questions. CCE Fellows or Dean of Civic Engagement Erin Cannan can address additional questions.