About The Career Development Office
CDO Staff & Students During a Career Exploration Trip in New York City
Our Staff & Mission CDO's dedicated staff bring with them unique professional backgrounds both within and outside of higher education. Our career advisers have several years of experience in corporate and non-profit sectors, in addition to significant career advising expertise.
Helping students translate their liberal arts education to the workplace, CDO staff meet with students one-on-one throughout their college life and after graduation to connect their skills, interests and values to a career path. In addition to career counseling, job and internship guidance, and career events that include an annual recruiting consortium in NYC, CDO offers many online resources that provide job and internship postings, career exploration assessments, and interview coaching. Informal talks, career-specific panels, graduate school information sessions and formal symposia take place throughout the year to help students learn about various professions and connect with alumni/ae and employers.
Maureen Aurigemma, Associate Director
B.S., Fairfield University; M.B.A., Mount Saint Mary College
Maureen Aurigemma has 10 years of experience working in Career Development in higher education. She has a professional background in higher education, credit reporting and finance. Acting as an employer liaison, Maureen researches and develops field related opportunities and partners with faculty to enhance student learning through successful internship experiences and career pathway exploration. In the Career Development Office at Bard College, Maureen advises students seeking internship and employment opportunities and provides resources and guidance in life-long professional skill development and career planning strategies. She actively works to help students make employer connections and seeks ways to develop programming designed to meet the needs and interests of Bard College students. Maureen is also a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Certified Practitioner.
MaryGrace Renella, Assistant Director
M.Ed in Counseling, Long Island University; MBA, International Business & Finance, SUNY New Paltz; BS, Management & Marketing, Ramapo College; AS, Business Administration, SUNY Sullivan
As a first-generation immigrant from Italy, MaryGrace Renella comes to Bard with a varied background in higher education, school counseling, government, non-profit, vocational rehabilitation and disability services. For the past ten years, MaryGrace has worked for the NYS Education Department offering vocational rehabilitation services to diverse populations including: academic and career counseling, self-assessments, internships and employment. In addition to working in education, MaryGrace's education in business has afforded her the opportunity to gain experience in managing a career and technical school as well as financial management for non-profits. MaryGrace resides in New Paltz, NY with her partner and two daughters who are actively involved in their community as well as LGBTQ+ advocacy and activities.
Jacqui Rose, Career Advisor
B.A, M.A. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan; M.Ed Counseling Psychology, University of Texas
Jacqui Rose has worked in a consulting capacity with Bard CDO for the past two years and now has joined the office as a Career Advisor. Her professional background includes teaching on the secondary and university level; career services in academic settings as varied as Upward Bound and university law and business schools, as well as recruitment/professional development in law, professional services, and trade association environments. Through these positions, she provided services to diverse populations and clients. Jacqui is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator professional and is committed to assisting Bard students and alumni to reach their professional goals.
Katie Reynolds, Office & Communication Coordinator
Katie Reynolds is a 2019 graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego and majored in Public Relations. As a student, Katie had the opportunity to intern for two dynamic companies. She was selected to attend the Disney Internship program in Orlando her junior year and in her sophomore year she interned with Family Services in Poughkeepsie. While at Family Services, Katie helped organize the "Walk-a-Mile In Her Shoes" by collaborating with local colleges to promote awareness on sexual and domestic violence. While at SUNY Oswego, Katie was selected as Captain of the women's field hockey team and was selected as First Team All-Conference, Oswego State Athlete of the Week, and SUNYAC Athlete of the week. Katie returned to the Hudson Valley and is now the Office and Communication Coordinator for at Career Development Office at Bard College. Katie leads marketing efforts for CDO programming/events, handles employer communication, and manages technology platforms for job postings.
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