Employers and Partners

Bard cooperates with several Los Angeles organizations to help candidates align employment and coursework. Our office is pleased to help you identify new placements, or coordinate with your ongoing work in education, to meet fieldwork and research requirements. Some of Bard's partners include:

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). Our most enduring and supported after-school programming partnership, offering several extended service opportunities for Bard graduate students, can be found on our campus. HOLA “provides underserved youth with free, exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.” With proper preparation, HOLA can fill your early practicum requirements in the early stages of the program. Occasionally there are posted tutoring jobs that also may satisfy your practicum

Youth Policy Institute (YPI). With hundreds of teaching and mentoring jobs in Los Angeles and Pacoima schools and after-school programs, YPI works closely with Bard to identify employment opportunities. YPI offers a significant number of teacher, coordinator, and tutoring options college graduates in after school programs. Bard works with YPI to recommend potential employees in the late Spring. Please identify potential opportunities — develop a resume and cover letter for the posted position. We are working directly with YPI HR to determine the best method for application review.

The Education Team. Based on Wilshire Boulevard near Bard MAT, ET provides fully qualified and pre-screened on-demand short-term and long-term substitute teachers for grades K through 12, mostly in the LA’s local Charter Schools. Recruiting representative Nadia Alvarez, encourages inquiries from Bard students looking for substitute positions. Interested applicants should work through the MAT office to prepare a resume and consider possible options.

Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA). Provides youth and families an alternative education model. This personalized educational program enables high-risk individuals to earn their high school diploma. Through Bard, SEA provides opportunities for Teacher Aid positions as well as placements for student teaching and credentialed employment.

Los Angeles Unified School District. Many Bard MAT students and graduates seek employment in the nation’s second largest school district, offering competitive salaries and benefits. The majority of openings are reserved for candidates only after they have earned a single subject credential. However LAUSD offers other opportunities through long and short-term substitute jobs and classified employment.

826 LA. Nationally recognized for connecting authors, poets, journalists, and teachers to aspiring young writers, 826 in Echo Park and Mar Vista boasts a robust volunteer network that facilitates academic mentoring work. Volunteer and unpaid internship opportunities are available for MAT students by contacting Executive Director Joel Aquillos.

TEACH Public Schools. The mission of TEACH Academy of Technologies is to create a high quality, innovative teaching and learning environment that focuses on literacy; integrating state-of-the-art technologies across the core curriculum to achieve academic proficiency for all students.

Venice Arts. Jobs, internships, and volunteer options are available for Bard students interested in “providing high-impact arts education for low-income youth in the areas of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia, and serving as a local and global hub for community storytelling through media.”

Wildwood School Outreach Center. Bard collaborates with independent schools that share our commitment to social justice and strengthening public education. Bard graduate students interested in innovative independent school outreach efforts, or Wildwood as an pre-student teaching practicum site should contact Steve Barrett.

LA’s Best offers innovative after-school program designed to boost student performance in core academic skills through mentoring and teaching mainly in LAUSD elementary schools. Some after school tutoring roles may qualify for practicum credit.

The Breese Foundation. A public, grant-funded after school and college preparatory program near the Bard MAT offices that offers opportunities for employment as instructors, classroom assistants, workshop leaders, and youth advocates. For job opportunities: jobs.bresee.org.

LA Promise Zone. Bard is a community partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone, a White House initiative coordinated through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office that brings together leaders from government, local institutions, non-profits and community organizations targeting resources to create jobs, boost public safety, improve public education and stimulate better housing opportunities. We continue to work alongside other Promise Zone partners, especially GEAR UP 4 LAYouth Policy InstituteCity Year LA and to explore future opportunities for Bard graduate students and alumni.

Staffing Options for Districts and charter school networks. School administrators with documented teacher shortages that seek to partner with Bard MAT for instructional support might consider staffing options outlined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.