Career Development for Students

CDO wants students to have the skills to tell their story and connect their liberal arts education and internship experiences to the skill sets employers are seeking. Not just for their first job, but for their entire career. An asset of a liberal arts education is that students develop the strong communication skills, analytical skills, and flexibility that will allow them to navigate the constantly changing world of work. CDO has a variety of tools, resources and programs to assist with this process and encourages students to come in as early as their first year at Bard, and to work with advisers regularly over the course of their four years.
Students Learn about Resume Writing During an Interactive Workshop


CDO works with all class levels, assisting students with career planning throughout their time at Bard. We invite you to make an individual appointment with us in order to start talking about internships and careers. We are happy to discuss how to find a career that matches your interests, skills, and values, and also help you to build a resume that will get you noticed. Among many other things, we offer:
  • One-on-One Advising
  • Events and Workshops
  • Recruiting and Internship Opportunities
  • Graduate School Planning
  • Bard Works Program in D.C. and N.Y.

What We Do:

To make an appointment you can simply stop by Bertelmann Campus Center 201, call 845-758-7539, or e-mail

Advising Appointments

CDO offers one-on-one advising with students, and each year we have over 900 individual advising appointments to assist students in creating an individualized action plan for career planning. Even if students aren't sure where to begin, they can make an appointment just to get to know one of our advisers.

Job & Internship Resources

Handshake is the job and internship board hosted by the Career Development Office. It's a one-stop-shop for CDO resources, events, and a large database of jobs and internships. Students can activate their Handshake account by logging in with their email address. Bard alumni/ae should contact CDO for access to the site. 

Assessment Tools

In addition to career advising meetings, CDO offers assessment tools that can help Bard students learn more about their interests, values, and personalities to make informed decisions about academic and career choices. CDO staff are trained to assist students in using and understanding these tools.

Recruitment Opportunities

The Career Development Office is part of a selective liberal arts event called the Fall Recruiting Consortium (FRC) at which top employers from a variety of fields interview juniors and seniors for summer internship and full-time post-grad jobs. Additionally, CDO hosts several on-campus recruiting events each year.

Events & Networking

CDO offers over 80 events each year that provide Bard students the opportunity to build their professional development skills and actively network with the Bard community and beyond.

Graduate School Planning

CDO is a resource for general graduate school information. Events are held each year to support students in their graduate school planning in addition to information tables and sessions featuring a variety graduate schools and programs throughout the year.