Bard College Student Handbook

Career Development Office

Campus Center 201, phone: 7539


Websites: and 

The Career Development Office, CDO, works with all class levels, assisting students with career planning throughout their time at Bard. CDO welcomes all students with internship, job and career-related questions. Bard students are broadly served in the following areas: career counseling, job and internship guidance, career events, and resources that include job and internship website subscriptions and career handouts for every aspect of the internship and job search. Special career events, including informal talks, career-specific panels, on-campus interviewing, company site visits, formal symposia, and more, are held throughout the year to help students connect with alumni/ae and employers and to learn about various professions. CDO participates in an annual recruiting event for juniors and seniors called the Fall Recruiting Consortium (FRC), which takes place each October and offers students interviews with recruiters in a variety of fields.  Bard is also a member of the Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC), which provides access to selective internship listings for students at all member schools.

CDO hosts two websites that students should utilize during their years at Bard and beyond. At, students can find everything they need regarding the Career Development Office, including a calendar of career events, a list of all CDO resources, and links to important information and career tools. Students will also find CDO publications The Bard Basic Job Guide and Career Guide for the Arts, both of which include comprehensive career-relevant information, advice, tips, resources and samples. At students will find CDO’s job and internship board where on-campus student employment is posted, as well as local and non-local jobs and internships. There are also handouts for cover letter and resume writing, interview tips and videos, and announcements for non-Bard events and programs.   

CDO staff meet with students one-on-one throughout their college life and are happy to discuss how to find a career that matches each student’s interests, skills, and values. CDO offers Focus 2, an online assessment tool to help students explore interests, skills, values, majors, and possible careers.  Career advisers ask students what matters to them and then partners with them to translate a liberal arts education into meaningful internships and work experiences. The mission of CDO is to help students find a professional purpose along with offering a clear understanding of jobs in the 21st century.