Simon’s Rock Connections
by Quille Chayes, ’12
Midway into the spring semester, students at Bard College at Simon’s Rock start to look to the future and plan for summer internships and work. This year, the offices of Career Services and Institutional Advancement teamed up to give students a Simon’s Rock advantage.
The two offices worked together, reaching out to alumni to identify internship and job opportunities with a Simon’s Rock connection. “We are very pleased with the initial response,” says Liz Lierman, director of career services. “In the first three months, alumni posted approximately 20 internships and jobs.
“Positions from employers with strong connections to Simon’s Rock are posted to the College Central Network with the label ’Alumni/Friends‘—meaning someone on the inside can walk your resume to the right person,” Liz adds. But she doesn’t just leave it up to students to search the boards. Liz features new internship and job postings from alumni and local organizations in a biweekly announcement to students.
“Since I started the "Alumni/Friends" postings in early February, we've received 28 opportunities in total, and 19 were submitted by alumni,” she continues. “In most cases where at least one Simon's Rock student has applied, at least one of our students has been offered an opportunity with the organization.”
Simon’s Rock alumni have offered a variety of opportunities in business, research, arts, and other fields. Bob Crichton ’83 submitted an opening for a Java developer with Expeditors International, a global logistics and freight-forwarding company in Seattle, Washington. The global trade company is ranked #384 on the Fortune 500–not a bad connection to have.
Students with environmental interests can find several opportunities on the board. Faculty member Tom Coote is offering two students an on-campus paid internship taking care of the community gardens. Peter Tiso ’02, with the City of New York Parks and Recreation department, is looking for help doing a tree inventory. “Rockers would make excellent interns because they're already used to quickly making the jump from simply performing assigned tasks to actually interacting with the work,” says Peter.
Other internships offered from alumni and friends of the college include a website coordinator at the local Du Bois Center; a policy intern; a tech intern; a campaign intern for Access, a company that supports global digital freedom; a summer internship for BRIDGE in Great Barrington, and several positions with The Berkshire Fringe.
Alumna Kristen Anderson ’88 submitted an opening for a volunteer research assistant in a psychology lab at Reed College reporting directly to her. A student interested in psychology would have the opportunity for hands-on application of empirical methods to the study of cognitive, affective, social, and behavioral processes.
Liz is also happy to report that along with Bard, the College has been accepted to the Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC)—a collection of 19 national colleges and universities—which will give students access to thousands more internship opportunities.
Internships and summer jobs are not the only options. Other opportunities for students include language classes that offer various summer programs in a full-immersion approach to learning, and an archeology and history course entitled “England in Myth and Stone” exploring the Isle of Avalon for nearly a month.
Students at Simon’s Rock have no shortage of options for our summer vocations.