Internships and Other Campus Opportunities
An internationally distributed literary journal edited by Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions is both a weekly online magazine and a biannual e-/print collection of provocative, risk-taking fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Applications are accepted year-round from students wishing to intern in the Bard business office.
ConjunctionsAn internationally distributed literary journal edited by Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions is both a weekly online magazine and a biannual e-/print collection of provocative, risk-taking fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Applications are accepted year-round from students wishing to intern in the Bard business office.
Bard interns’ responsibilities focus on marketing, subscriptions, and technology; their duties include website updates and maintenance, proofreading, research, data entry, event promotion, social media, etc. The positions are unpaid and require three hours each week. First-year students cannot be considered.
Interns need not be prospective or moderated Written Arts students, but they must have a substantial background in reading contemporary fiction and poetry and an extremely keen attention to detail. Previous experience with HTML is appreciated but not required. Applicants should email a cv of work experience and a cover letter mentioning some contemporary books or authors of recent or significant interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Voz is the only publication in Spanish for the 120,000-plus Latinos of the Hudson Valley. When student work opportunities are available, they are listed at College Central.
La VozLa Voz is the only publication in Spanish for the 120,000-plus Latinos of the Hudson Valley. When student work opportunities are available, they are listed at College Central.
In addition, the magazine has a a weekly meeting to discuss topics of journalism and story ideas, open to anyone fluent in Spanish. Students interested in journalism, editing, publishing, design, illustration, or photography, and those hoping to get involved with Latino events and activism in the Hudson Valley should contact Mariel Fiori (email@example.com) for the date, time, and location of the weekly meeting each semester.
Internships and Writing Opportunities for Students
Students can refer to this document for an updated list of internships and databases that may be useful for Written Arts majors.
Bard Student Publications and Literary Groups
In addition, numerous student-run literary journals and text-in-performance groups exist on campus—some more ephemeral in nature, and others long-running. Some examples of opportunities for student editing and publication include:
Bard Creative Writing Club
Inclusive of all majors, not just Written Arts! In this club, members can submit their written creations (be it prose, poetry, or other works of written word) for the reading and group critique of the other members. The best way to take a written work to the next level is to put it out for peers to read it. This club is here to provide that opportunity to anyone who wants it. Constructive criticism only!
Bard Free Press
Club Head: Cassidy Alitz-Polga (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Free Press is Bard's preeminent source for print journalism. We are dedicated to hard-nosed, straightforward reporting and in-depth investigative journalism. We cover anything deemed relevant to the community, whether it happens on or off campus. We are always taking submissions.
Social Media: @bardfreepress on Instagram
Club Head: Evan John (email@example.com)
Bard College's visual/written arts publication showcasing student and faculty work each year.
Social Media: @bardpapers on Instagram
Club Heads: Annie Dodson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Maya Lavender (email@example.com), Brian Watko (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bard's preeminent satirical publication.
Social Media: @the_bardvark on Instagram
Club Heads: Elena Thompson (email@example.com) and Mel Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A newspaper that focuses on the news Bard students are interested in, with articles written by students. Showcasing the wonderful art, events, and general content that Bard students are constantly creating.
Social Media: @bardobserver on Instagram
BOTV (Bard On Television)
Club Heads: Freddie Hernandez (email@example.com) and Kaitlyn McClelland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BOTV is a media club whose goal is to bring entertainment, creativity, and also a platform for social thought to Bard by utilizing video, the Internet, and photography. We record and publicize Bard events in addition to creating original content created by our staff and Bard students within the community for the enjoyment of the Bard Community. We also are here to provide pertinent news information ranging from the Bard Hub to global news. We also teach workshops to club members who want to gain experience using video-audio equipment. As well as host events throughout the semester for all of campus.
Social Media: Facebook
Bard Science Journal
Club Head: Liam Bach (email@example.com)
Bard Science Journal is a student publication dedicated to all genres of science writing including news articles, essays, science-inspired art & poetry, and peer-reviewed research papers. We want Bard Science Journal to be a forum for students to explore different ways of writing and thinking about science. Bard Science Journal emphasizes access to quality science for everyone. Open to both majors and non-majors!
Black Artists at Bard
Club Head: Andy Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A space for black students working across mediums to engage with each other’s work where it may not be understood in the traditional spaces as well as maintaining an open dialogue about the ethics of each medium and issues of representation.
Club Head: Christopher Benincase (email@example.com)
A bimonthly publication for science fiction and fantasy short stories by Bard students, for Bard students. There is high interest within the student body for an outlet like this, yet it does not exist. Hence, my decision to start this club.
La Voz Club
Club Head: Elisa Littin Egana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the club affiliated with La Voz magazine. We help organize events relevant to the Hispanic community such as concerts, lectures and more. In addition we seek writers, journalists, and artists for the magazine´s content.
Social Media: Facebook and @lavozhudsonvalley on Instagram
Project for Policy Innovation
Club Head: Eli Shapiro (email@example.com)
Want to boost your resume and do something cool? Project for Policy Innovation is a student-run think tank that will produce economic, political, and foreign policy proposals and Op-Eds. It will provide students with opportunities to learn how to research and write professionally about these topics, improve their design skills, and learn how to organize labor. We are looking for a treasurer, secretary, writers/editors, digital designers, and a film specialist. Students majoring in political science, human rights, religious studies, EUS, economics, GIS, gender & sexuality studies, studio arts, and film are highly encouraged to apply. Depending on the role, members will be asked to submit an Op-Ed about any relevant topic every other week and work together in groups to write a policy brief due at the end of the semester. Other members will be tasked with interviewing scholars and professionals. Members are also encouraged to submit their papers that they've written in class to publish.
Club Head: Skye Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Race Monologues will serve as a platform for expression for students on and off Bard's campus. As a WOC and POC on this campus, there is not a day that my race/identity/ethnicity does not present itself whether implicit or within interactions. In the past, the Race Monologues have been a space of inclusivity for Bard students to engage how they confront race or conversely, how race confronts them (or does not). At this predominantly white institution or PWI, it seems many forget that there are those that do not always have that.
Sonnet — A Literary Magazine
Sonnet Literary Magazine is an annual, student-run literary publication which aims to create a platform for both written and visual artists by and for Bard students. We seek to publish creative fiction, poetry, works of translation, and art. Our hope is to compose a final creative project that represents the many literary and artistic talents at Bard College.
Social Media: @sonnetmagazine on Instagram
Publishing Outside Bard
Here are a few sample sites that can help student writers begin to get a sense of what journals are out there:
Resources for Life after Bard
Graduate Study in the Written Arts
Many written arts students consider pursuing their creative work at the graduate level by obtaining an MFA or PhD (although the Program strongly advises waiting at least a few years after graduation to do so). Both AWP and Poets & Writers provide online databases of colleges and universities that offer such degrees; you can search by criteria including degree type, level of residency, funding, location, etc. Bard itself has a summer MFA program offering a masters of fine arts in various disciplines, including writing.
A few of the many Written Arts graduates who have gone on to pursue MFA degrees over the past several years include Molly Anders (Syracuse University), Joy Baglio (The New School), Jedediah Berry (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Liza Birnbaum (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Moira Donegan (NYU), Sarah Goffman (Hunter College), Christina Kaminski (Iowa Writers' Workshop), Zachary King (UMass-Amherst), Gracie Leavitt (Brooklyn College), J. W. McCormack (Columbia University), Grayson Morley (Iowa Writers' Workshop), Sophie Rosenblum (University of Houston), Christian TeBordo (Syracuse University), Emma Smith-Stevens (University of Florida-Gainesville), Joe Vallese (NYU), and Mary Wilson (Brown). Others have pursued PhDs, including Len Gutkin (Yale), Wendy Lotterman (NYU), Ethan Porter (University of Chicago), and many others.
Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Contests
Once writers have a published body of work, they may look for residencies that will allow them time and space to work. Yaddo, MacDowell, the Provincetown Fine Arts Center, and the Vermont Studio Center are among the best-known of these. Poets & Writers has a searchable online database. Funds for Writers also provides a list of fellowships and residencies.
Some organizations provide financial grants to writers; Write Life is one of various websites to list some available grants. The Poets & Writers database for grant-giving organizations that accept applications also includes a number of writing contests.
Be aware that many writing contests require a submission fee (these contests often generate revenue for the sponsoring publisher), and that the award is not always financial: Sometimes the winner is simply honored with publication of his or her work. It can be advisable to familiarize yourself with the work of the contest judge(s) before submitting, in order to gauge whether the styles and forms of your own writing are likely to appeal. The Written Arts Program frequently uses the email@example.com listserv to advise students of current writing contests; to join the listserv and receive those announcements, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDO Career Guide for the Arts
Career Guide for the Arts is designed to provide creative students with a fundamental understanding of how to get started as serious young artists following graduation. Written by the Career Development Office (CDO) in collaboration with the faculty of the Bard Conservatory of Music, Arts Division, and Written Arts Program, the guide offers suggestions on how to start and sustain a career in the arts.