Career Success

A policy career is a career "changing the rules" to incentivize sustainable outcomes. Bard CEP graduates do this work in a wide variety of professional settings in national, international, state and local government; in nongovernmental organizations; in consulting firms and private corporations; and in development, advocacy, and conservation organizations. The integrated curriculum, the extended professional internship, and the capstone project come together to give our students the knowledge and the practical experience to gain meaningful jobs in their chosen arena. In a typical year, close to 40% of students that graduate from Bard CEP already employed, primarily as a result of job offers arising from the professional internship. To learn about the diverse careers our graduates are pursuing, please see the Alumni/ae Profiles below. 
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In their own words . . .
—Jessie Mee M.S. '09
"Bard CEP gave me the knowledge and opportunities to build a career in the field of international development. In fact, my internship led directly to my current position with UNDP as a technical advisor in its global Ecosystems and Biodiversity team. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from CEP. Reflecting back on my unique multidisciplinary education at Bard, I realize that I am truly indebted to the passionate and dedicated CEP team."

Alumni/ae Profiles

Career Development

While enrolled at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, students are thinking about career outcomes from day one. While studying environmental or climate policy, students are also exposed to work of various organizations (from local to global) and learn about the many career opportunities in the vast field of environmental policy.

Career development exercises are also intentional integrated into various coursework and include developing the following skills:
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Conducting informational interviews
  • Blog and memo writing
  • Professional networking
  • The "art of the ask"
  • Presentations - building decks and giving effective public presentations

Where Bard CEP Are Working:

  • US EPA
  • United Nations
  • NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • Wildlife Habitat Council
  • NY Academy of Sciences
  • Riverkeeper
  • Sierra Club
  • Peace Corps
  • Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Pace Energy and Climate Center
  • NRDC
  • NY Dept. of Public Health
  • Congressional Sportsman Foundation
  • Clean Water Network
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • World Resources Institute
  • Nature Conservancy
  • IBM
  • Center for Sustainable Energy
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • City of Austin
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • American Farmland Trust
  • WaterFurnace International