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Bard offers a number of paths to secure an internship. On campus, student internships are arranged through several offices, including the Career Development Office, the Center for Civic Engagement,, 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, which feature internship opportunities.

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Jonathan Becker

Jonathan Becker

Jonathan Becker is vice president and dean for civic engagement and international affairs, and the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. He is also an associate professor of political studies specializing in Russian and eastern European politics, media and politics, and education reform. For a decade, Jonathan has overseen the academic development of Bard’s international partnerships, including those in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and the West Bank.
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Creating Your Own Internship

Bard students are encouraged to pursue internships throughout their college careers. Students engage in local, national, and international internships, through formal programs or by creating their own opportunities.

Career Development

The Career Development Office (CDO) helps students research and obtain internships. The CDO offers many resources and works with students individually to advise them through the internship search.

Local Is Global Internships

Students can apply for semester-long, local internships with area non-profits, school districts, government agencies, or political candidates. 

Posting Internships

Employers, parents, alumni/ae, and friends of the College can work with CDO or Alumni/ae Affairs to post internships using the free internship and job board. Questions? E-mail the CDO or call 845-758-7539.

Other Opportunities

The Dean of Studies Office helps students obtain transcript recognition for internships that are supervised, unpaid, and require at least 40 hours of work. Transcript recognition is not available for work performed through Bard or on Bard campuses.

Quotes from Internship Employers

“The quality of our interns has been superlative, a view endorsed not only by their contributions to our office in terms of research, writing and trans-Atlantic teamwork but also by their subsequent career trajectories. The BGIA internship programme offers a genuine exchange of benefits and experience that genuinely enriches both the host organizations and the student to an extent unmatched by any other I am aware of in either New York or London.”
Giles Alston
Senior Associate, Oxford Analytica

 “It is worth noting that we hired more students from Bard than from any other school.”
Elliot Targum
Head, Exploration School Intermediate Program

"We have had interns from most of the [New York] Cityʼs major universities and law schools; Bard/BGIA students are the best. They are motivated, well-informed and focused. Even though still undergrads, they have proven to be resourceful human rights researchers and dependable members of our staff. We even hired one as a full-time staffer and would hire more, funds permitting. BGIAʼs program content and our legal services to asylum-seekers dovetail nicely, giving students a solid academic background in world politics against the actual experiences of arriving refugees."
Anne Pilsbury, Esq.
Director, Central American Legal Assistance

“Over the last eight years, I have had the great pleasure of working with Bard Seniors who have worked part-time at my company. Bard students stand out for their creativity, positive attitude, and problem solving skills. It seems that students who are attending Bard have interesting backgrounds and work experience which enables them to look at the big picture when approaching new situations. I feel very fortunate to be able to turn to Bard College as a resource for students who are looking for work in their Senior year of study, and will continue to employ Bard College Seniors in the future. The students are sophisticated, speak well and are technically skilled. This is [the] perfect combination for what I need in my marketing company.”
Kate Buckley
President, Buckley Pell Associates