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Community Action Awards

Bringing theory to practice in communities locally, nationally and internationally

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.

Community Action Awards
Each summer CCE provides awards to support student internships, pre-professional experiences, and community action projects. Internships and projects should address issue(s) related to the broad field of civic engagement, including education, government, justice, human rights, media, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. Maximum award is $3,000. While the CCE primarily supports summer internships, applications for semesterly or intercession internships may be considered.

Deadline: First round applications due Monday, March 31; second round applications due Monday, April 28

Additional Requirements
Award recipients are required to submit three blogs during the summer of his or her internship and participate in the CAA Speaker 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.

Online application:


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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Internship FAQs

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Recent Internships

In the past year, Bard students have interned at more than one hundred organizations, including:
  • the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs,
  • the Center for Constitutional Rights,
  • CNN,
  • Freedom House,
  • the Freedom of Expression Institute,
  • the Holocaust Memorial and Documentation Center,
  • the International Crisis Group,
  • the Open Society Institute,
  • PEN America Center,
  • Save the Children, and the
  • Steve Biko Foundation.


Jack Lee ’15

Jack Lee ’15

Jack came to Bard from Atlanta, Georgia. As a Posse scholar, he is recognized as a young leader and receives a full-tuition scholarship to attend Bard. He’s a joint major in political studies and film, and plans to pursue a career in international broadcasting.
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Community Action Awards

The 2014 Community Action Award application process is now open.  More information available at

See the 2013 CAA interns blogs at  

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