The Internship Experience

Internship Locations
BCB internship student in Anna Schuleit Haber's studio

Internship Locations

Bard College Berlin’s internship program has enabled our students to gain valuable experience in a variety of domains, making full use of the city’s diverse set of cultural, creative, social, and technological opportunities. In order for students to get the most out of their internships, our Career Development team works closely with interested students to determine the best possible fit, then manually selects a handful of options from our continuously growing and evolving pool of potential hosts, tailored to each individual student’s needs. Here are some examples of great past hosts, organized by their general fields:

Theater/Dance: Jeremy WadeMadeline StillwellRimini ProtokollTatwerk

Education: Girls Gearing UpIversityLinden Global Youth and Education Services

Film/TV/Radio: Anna Winger (TV writer/producer), Berlin Feminist Film WeekInterfilm Festival

Event Space: BetahausUrban Spree

Art Galleries/ExhibitionsApertoCircle1Errant SoundKraupa Tuskany ZeidlerNICHE Art and Architecture ToursPanke GalleryReiterSomoSArtsTanya Leighton Gallery

Visual Arts: Antje MajewskiHeba AminNina CannellRachel de JoodeSemra SevinShila KhatamiSite Specific IdeasThomas Leo Chapman IVUlrike MohrUlu BraunZuzanna Skiba  

Publishing/Journalism/Literature: Associated Reporters AbroadCabinetInternational Literature FestivalMiss Read - The Berlin Art Book FairSpike Art MagazineStil in BerlinThe Curved HouseThe Travel Almanac

Urban Planning/Architecture: MOD Institute for UrbanismPoligonalTSPA (Thomas Stellmach Planning and Architecture)

NGO/Human Rights/Activism: Back On Track SyriaBüro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung (BUG)Feminist Food ClubGender CC: Women for Climate JusticeGive Something, Back to BerlinHuman Rights MatterHumanity in ActionInstitut für Europäische PolitikLove for LifeMigration HubRefugee AcademyTransgender EuropeWater Integrity Network

Student testimonials

We curate our pool of host placements to ensure that our internship program provides the best possible experiences for our students. Read what they have to say:
Little Sun
Juman Tamimi at "Back on Track". Credit: Back on Track

Little Sun

As it took place during the pandemic, my internship was in a home office setting, which did not devalue the experience in any sense. As part of the fundraising team at the non-governmental organization Little Sun, my days were spent in the world of sustainability, the arts, human rights, and engaging with lovely and inspiring people. They produce solar-powered lamps and distribute them to people without access to electricity. My supervisor’s open and understanding approach towards me and my position made this work experience truly rewarding and comfortable. My work ranged from collecting data and doing research to creating presentations and writing proposals that would widen connections and bring new ideas into Little Sun's ideology. I also got the chance to spend some time at the studio of Olafur Eliasson, who is a prominent contemporary artist and the founder of Little Sun, which brought me closer to the world of art. 

Lejla Zjakic, Fall 2020

Back on Track Syria

Working with Back On Track Syria is one of the most admirable forms of Humanity I have ever witnessed. I am totally fortunate to be part of such a family, and to have the opportunity to provide "Educational Aids" - as I personally chose to call it: tutoring refugee children on subjects and aspects they decide themselves, helping them resume or even restart their academic and educational journey which they were forced to pause back home, and, most importantly, supporting them mentally and psychologically through the organization's main approach: "self-learning and self-decision making.” Everything we do is because we believe those young refugees are capable of getting their lives back for themselves.
I believe the work of Back on Track is extremely important, especially for refugees who haven’t yet settled into their new lives and still need orientation. This is why parents are involved in the weekly gatherings held with kids, so they can rebuild their own new German life together. And since Back on Track is a nonprofit organization, everybody in this family -most of whose members are refugees too - is giving first from their heart and then from their knowledge. Back on Track Syria gave birth again to a concept we all thought had died: Humanity.

Juman Tamimi: exchange student from Al Quds - Bard College, Spring 2018 

International Literature Festival 

My internship at the International Literature Festival in Berlin helped me to feel more mature and confident. The internship involved research work, writing, development of the website for the event, and communication with authors. Interning in the fields of publishing and event management was a great opportunity to become acquainted with renowned German and international authors and take part in various lectures, workshops, and talks on relevant cultural topics which take place at the literature festivals in Berlin and Odessa. This experience allowed me to immerse myself in Berlin’s city life as well as to feel part of the world cultural exchange. The internship at the International Literature Festival helped me realize that I am able to work in an international environment and shape my understanding of the world and of myself within this world. 

Aleksandra Smolianskaia: exchange student from Smolny College, Spring 2016 
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