Consultant, Environmental Planning, UK Department for International Development/World Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
"The theoretical and practical training from BCEP was key to my entry into international development. My con-sulting assignments for international financial institutions vary from climate change planning to environmental impact mitigation to urban development in Latin America and East Africa - all have required a holistic approach and a firm grounding in understanding economic, political, technical and community angles to develop sustain-able solutions with government and donor clients."
“My internship experience through Bard CEP was a unique life and career experience. I was a project assistant for WASTE, a Dutch NGO (nongovernmental organization), working on implementing an integrat-ed solid-waste management system in Haiti. Being engaged in fieldwork for six months helped me to truly understand the realities while allowing me to perform to my highest capabilities. The opportunity launched my international development career and helped me grow as a young professional. I am currently working at VNG International as a policy advisor.” -- Rachel Savain ’12
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.
Students in the Master's International program complete the internship through their Peace Corps service. Students in the joint degree program with Pace complete two internships/externships during their summer months at Pace to satisfy the Bard CEP internship requirement. Students in the dual MS/MAT program satisfy the requirement through student teaching. Students in the MS/MBA program fulfill there internship through the NYCLab course in the MBA program.
Bard CEP students undertake internships at the local level (Catskill Rail to Trail Conservancy, Hudson Valley) to the national level (Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.) to the international level (World Health Organization, Germany).
Amazónicos por la Amazonía–AMPA (Peru) | American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodi-versity and Conservation | Campanario Research Reserve (Costa Rica) | Center for Disease Control | Chinese Academy of Sciences Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (China) | Conservation Law Foundation | Council on Competitiveness | Earth Pledge | Ecologic Institute (Germany) | Environ-mental Advocates of New York | Environmental Defense Fund | Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta | Food and Water Watch | German Marshall Fund | IBM Corporation | Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociedad INSO (Mexico) | International Food Policy Research Institute | Malawi Sustainable Agricultural Project (Africa) | University of Maryland Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology | National Resources De-fense Council | New York State Energy Research and Development Authority | Nike | New York City Department of Parks and Recreation | Ocean Acidification Research Center | Ohio Environmental Pro-tection Agency | Pace Energy and Climate Center | Resources for the Future | Riverkeeper, Inc. | Scenic Hudson | Slow Food USA | The Beacon Institute | The Energy and Resource Institute, TERI (India) | The Nature Conservancy | U.S. Agency for International Development | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region II, Wetlands Division | United Nations Environment Programme | Winrock Internation-al | Woods Hole Research Center | World Resources Institute
In their own words...
Prapti Bhandary ’11
“The combination of course work focused on multidisciplinary aspects of environmental policy and an extended internship provided me an ideal educational experience. Toward the end of the program, I was offered the position of senior research assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where I had interned. I assist in the implementation of modeling, scenario analysis, write-ups, and data activities.”
Nick Martin '13
“Bard CEP has helped me secure internships at two leading environmental think tanks, one at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., and the other at Development Alternatives in New Delhi, India. I worked on policy research quality issues and climate adaptation/food security issues, respectively. Both of these internships provided invaluable experience in my career field of choice. I now have a position with Pace Energy and Climate Center, working as a policy analyst.”