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The Extended Internship

Students talk about their internship experiences as part of the Bard CEP master's program.

Timothy Treadwell '07

Senior Manager of Research and Analysis, California Center for Sustainable Energy

Timothy Treadwell

"As the senior manager of research and analysis at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), I oversee research designed to support effective renewable energy, electric vehicle, and energy efficiency policies and programs. The multidisciplinary, thematic curriculum offered at Bard CEP was invaluable in preparing me for this work. It provided me with the tools necessary to both understand and explain the technical and policy issues driving sustainable energy markets in California."

2015-16 Program Overview

Newly Available!

The new Bard CEP program overview highlights the skills students gain through Bard's curriculum including the extended internship. Bard CEP alumni/ae are featured and recent placements listed.

Our Graduates

Our Graduates
Tanya Rosen M.S. '07, Associate Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society
Bard CEP faculty and staff work with students to identify professional opportunities and make contacts with potential employers. As the field of environmental policy is quite broad, our students work in a range of sectors and issue areas. During their tenure at Bard CEP, students begin to narrow their focus area and develop expertise in line with their interests.

Career Services

Our graduates have considerable success in being matched up with engaging internships and exciting job placements. In addition to the career development resources and workshops available to our graduate students, our own alumni/ae offer support and guidance through mock job interviews and panel discussions. Mock interviews prepare students poised to begin their careers and helps build connections among students and alumni/ae that last throughout their professional lives.

"Grads Find Internships Key to Success" Exerpted from The Bardian Spring 2015 by William Stavru '87.

"Since its founding in 1999, Bard CEP has promoted a science- based, holistic approach to environmental policy. Through a combination of theoretical study and empirical work, Bard CEP graduate students gain a deep firsthand understanding of how numerous academic disciplines and forces (law, politics, policy studies, science, culture, ethics) intersect in the arena of environmental policy making. In addition to course work, the Bard CEP graduate program requires an extensive internship of 30 hours per week, for at least four months, during the summer and fall semester of the second year. "Our goal is to get students into leadership careers to start changing the world, soon." Eban Goodstein Director of Bard CEP and Bard MBA.

Bartek Starodaj '12 set a goal as a freshman to complete the Bard CEP 3+2 program to specialize in a field. "Coming to Bard enabled me to make a smooth transition from an undergraduate program to a graduate program, saving both time and money without moving to a new school. "We learn about environmental policy, in a program tailored toward career development."

Rachel Savain ’12, entered Bard CEP after earning an undergraduate degree in French studies, with a concentration in environmental studies, from Williams College. At Bard CEP she specialized in integrated waste and water management, which is a significant infrastructure problem in developing countries. After completing her first year of study, she interned at WASTE: Advisers on Urban Environment and Development, a Dutch international nongovernmental organization (NGO) working in Haiti. Savain was a program assistant from June to December 2011, and returned in February 2012 (full-time)."

Download the .pdf of the full article here.

Where They Work

Our students come from various backgrounds to pursue a master of science degree in either environmental policy or climate science and policy. After graduating, graduates are prepared for a wide variety of professional careers around the world—as policy analysts, project managers, researchers, and environmental specialists. Our alumni/ae work in a wide range of positions: as researchers in major environmental think tanks; as consultants and managers in industry; as analysts and program staff in state, national, and international government agencies; as advisors in both large and small nonprofit organizations; and as environmental stewards and directors in conservation organizations. 

For examples of specific graduate student placements, visit our student profiles page.

Bard CEP graduate students are employed throughout the United States and abroad in prestigious and important agencies and organizations.

American Association for Justice Apple Leaf, Inc. | Borrego Solar Systems | California Center for Sustainable Energy | California Public Utilities Commission | Campanario Research Reserve (Costa Rica) | Center for Neighborhood Technology | City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department | City of Fort Collins Utilities | Clean Water Network | Colorado Citizens Campaign | Colorado Division of Wildlife | Congressional Sportsman Foundation | Washington DC Department of Environmental Health Services, Air Quality Division | DC Legislative and Regulatory Services | Hudson River Sloop Clearwater | Earthaven Environmental Construction and Consulting | EarthShift | Environmental Protec-tion Department (Pakistan) | Environmental Defense Fund (China) | Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 | Global Environment Unit (Japan) | Global Footprint Network | Grid-Arendal, United Nations Environment Programme (Switzerland) | HOPE International Development Agency | Hudson Highlands Land Trust | IBM, Inc. | ICLEI USA | Illinois State University | Innovar Environmental, Inc. | Integrated Ecosystem Market Services | International Food Policy Research Institute | Kaiser Permanente | Land Trust Alliance | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Legrand North America | Maryland Environ-mental Service | National Wildlife Federation | New York Academy of Sciences | New York Department of Public Health | New York City Department of Design and Construction | New York City Department of Parks & Recreation | Ohio Energy Office | Pace Energy and Climate Center | Paul Smith’s College | Power Concepts, LLC | Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary) | Save the Bay in Narragansett | Sierra Club | Sive, Paget & Riesel | SRK Consulting | The World Bank, Africa Environment (Tanzania) | Town of Dennis | The Trace Foundation | Transportation Alternatives | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Administrative Law Judges | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-vice, Plant Conservation Alliance | Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Ulster County | United Nations Development Program | University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension | U.S. Department of Ag-riculture Utah Division of Wildlife Resources | Versar, Inc. | Wallkill Valley Land Trust | Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District | Wildlife Conservation Society | Wildlife Habitat Council