Fall Term – 14 credits
Three (3) theory and topic electives
Spring Term – 16 credits
Internship in Global Affairs
Situated within the academic field of Global Studies, the Capstone Project should link theory and practice in a reflexive, question-driven manner. Capstone Projects will include a practical and a written component.
Capstone Projects are developed with the support of the Spring semester Capstone Course and in consultation with an academic advisor at Bard College.
Choose Your Degree Track
Students begin with a semester at Central European University’s campus in Vienna, Austria where they study the form and function of the global political order. Here they learn to think critically and analytically about the actors and forces that shape global political outcomes. Students then spend the Spring semester at Bard’s MAGS campus in New York City, which combines experiential learning with substantive coursework on a variety of transnational problems. The centerpiece of the Bard semester is the internship, where students gain an on the ground perspective of how non-state and civil society actors address transnational problems. Elective coursework focuses on global problems, their specific histories, and the evolution of how groups and individuals have attempted to address them.
New York Track
Students begin with a semester at Bard’s main campus at Annandale-on-Hudson, where they will investigate the form and function of the global political order and learn to think critically and analytically about the actors and forces that shape global political outcomes. Students then join the others to spend the Spring semester at the MAGS campus in NYC, combining experiential learning with substantive coursework on a variety of transnational problems. The centerpiece of the Spring semester is the internship, where students gain an on the ground perspective on how non-state and civil society actors address transnational problems. Elective coursework varies each semester, exploring the intersections between global affairs and other realms of the modern global world, from environmental issues, to gender affairs, and more.
Understanding Our Tracks
*Applicants are encouraged to apply to either or both tracks. Those applying to both tracks will be considered for the CEU track first and the NY track second, pending admissions and financial aid capacity.
Internships at MAGS
Our students intern across New York City with a wide range of globally-minded organizations related to their fields of interest. From international policy and business, to global arts and culture initiatives, the possibilities are endless for our students to gain hands-on experience in the world of international affairs in whatever way they choose.
The Internship Course* further invites students to reflect on their internship experiences and evaluate their professional and personal goals related to their time at MAGS.
*See the course catalog and sample internship list below for more information.
Securing an Internship
- Students are encouraged to work with the assistant director to identify, apply to, and secure an internship position for their Spring semester.
- Students are required to identify appropriate internship positions, provided that they meet minimum program requirements: a position related to global/international affairs, scheduled to work through the majority of the Spring semester, and a commitment of 15–20 hours per week. Students must reach a minimum of 200 hours throughout the course of the internship.
- The internship search process includes supporting students through resume formatting, cover letter writing, the interview process, and more, though it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure a semester-long internship placement.
*Note: this is not an exhaustive list of internship possibilities. Students are welcome to apply to other organizations and positions, but must receive approval from the assistant director before accepting an internship position to ensure the position meets program requirements.