Policy Analyst, Pace Energy and Climate Center, White Plains, New York
"During my time at Bard CEP, I was supported in securing two internships at leading environmental think tanks, one at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., and the other at Development Alternatives in New Delhi, India. Both of these internships provided invaluable experience in my career field of choice, where I worked on policy research quality issues and climate adaptation/food security issues, respectively. After finishing my MS degree in climate science and policy, I was successful in securing a position with Pace Energy and Climate Center as a policy analyst."
Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.
Masters in Climate Science and Policy
The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The curriculum incorporates science, economics, policy, law, and tools of analysis.
The program leading to the master of science degree in climate science and policy offers three options. Most students follow the two-year program, which includes a four- to six-month internship and a Master’s Project. The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The first-year curriculum focuses on climate science, energy consumption, and the agriculture and ecosystem linkages to climate. It connects core scientific principles to socioeconomic impacts, infrastructure investment, and political and legislative responses to global climate change. VIEW MORE >>
Students are taught the basic concepts of environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, and detailed analyses of U.S. and international climate law and policy. The program focuses on the following broad themes:
• Climate change science • Energy systems and solutions • Ecosystems and agriculture in the face of climate change • Carbon markets and incentives • Carbon sequestration and offset projects • Global food security • Regional impacts and adaptation strategies • International negotiations and development • Life-cycle analysis of energy sources • U.S. legislative process and climate policy
The second year of the program is designed for students to explore their career interests through a re-quired internship and by researching and writing a Master’s Project. Both the internship and the project allow students to specialize in their career and academic interests. The two-year curriculum ensures that graduates develop both broad and deep knowledge of environmental and climate policy issues; a power-ful suite of analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills; professional experience in their cho-sen field; and finally, specialized expertise on the particular topic of their research project. VIEW MORE >>
Active professionals with at least five years postbaccalaureate experience in an environmentally related field may apply for a waiver of the internship, which takes place during the fall semester of the second year. A nonresidence Master’s Project option is available for students who gain meaningful employment during their second year in an environmentally related profession. These students may request to be con-sidered for nonresidency and, if approved, will complete second year of the program off campus with two weeklong visits during the spring semester of the second year to meet with their advisors on their Master’s Project.
The internship provides hands-on experience working with professionals in the field and facilitates entry into the job market. Internship arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit organizations offer a wide range of choices and provide real benefits to the student and the collaborating organization. Conducted during the summer and fall semester of the second year, internships are at least 30 hours a week and four consecutive months in duration.
Bard CEP helps students find internship opportunities with a variety of institutions, and is continuously expanding the list of internship sponsors. The internship allows students to follow their preferred areas of specialization locally, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad. The internship gives students an applied focus to their degree and an opportunity to learn in a professional setting the job-specific skills they will use upon graduation. Internships also expand professional networks, often leading directly or indirectly to employment. Below is a select list of student internship placements. VIEW MORE >>
Selection of Recent Internship Placements • Center for Biological Diversity (San Francisco) • Center for Neighborhood Technology (Chicago) • Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.) • Environmental Defense Fund (Austin) • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Atlanta) • Global Green USA (New York) • Institute of Nature and Society (Oaxaca, Mexico) • Chinese Academy of Sciences Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (Wuxi, China) • New York City Department of Environmental Protection (Flushing, New York) • Ocean Acidification Research Center (Fairbanks, Alaska) • Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C.) • Society for Development Alternatives (New Delhi, India) • The Nature Conservancy (Dublin, Ohio) • The World Health Organization (Berlin, Germany) • U.S. Agency for International Development (Washington, D.C.)
Flexible Student Research
The Master’s Project is an original presentation with practical application to a particular environmental problem and its policy implications. Normally linked to some part of the internship, the project should reflect the multifaceted nature of an actual environmental issue and integrate aspects of the natural and social sciences and humanities in the analysis and policy recommendations. Recent Master’s Projects examine important environmental concerns covering an array of areas, including water and wildlife management, pollution prevention and regulatory review, land-use planning and environmental justice, preservation of natural resources and the rural character of smaller towns, economic growth and sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and more. VIEW MORE >>