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Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program

Bard College's Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program provides a unique opportunity for university students from around the world to engage in the study and practice of human rights, international law, political economy, global public health, ethics, and writing on international affairs. BGIA is small and highly selective program that merges advanced coursework in international affairs with substantive professional experiences in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, providing a new generation of young leaders insight into careers at organizations such as the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Human Rights Watch, Oxford Analytica, the Open Society Institute, CNN, Newsweek International, and many more.

Over the past nine years, BGIA students have interned at over 140 organizations in New York. Their responsibilities have ranged from interviewing political asylum seekers from Central America to analyzing the efficiency of microfinance loans in Mongolia. The internship is an unparalleled opportunity for students to advance a senior project, prepare for graduate school or transition into a job in New York City. Classes are convened in the evening and are taught by leading practitioners and academics in a variety of fields of international affairs, offering students a unique lens through which to analyze the subject matter. Through the internship and coursework, the program ensures a deep understanding of not only international relations theory, but also its practical applications.