Summer Internship Program
Development, Sustainability, and Conflict: Contemporary Issues in Central Asia
The eight-week summer internship program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, offers intellectually adventurous students the opportunity to explore a fascinating country at the crossroads of powerful historical, political, economic, and cultural forces. The program combines unique internship experiences with an overarching seminar-style course and cultural excursions. Bard College is pleased to offer this opportunity in partnership with the Tian Shan Policy Center of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA).Download: Summer2014Newsletter.pdf
Internship and Seminar Course
The Development, Sustainability, and Conflict course consists of two major components: an internship and a seminar. Students gain hands-on experience in their field of study while participating in an internship in one of two areas:
- Peace Building, Migration, and Human Rights
- Sustainable Development: Environment, Economy, Society
Excursions to unique sites in Bishkek and the surrounding area give students the opportunity to explore the fascinating history and culture of Kyrgyzstan and its role in great global movements throughout history. Beginning with the Silk Road, and moving through the "Great Game" and the country's post-Soviet experience, students gain an understanding of Kyrgyzstan as it is today - a multicultural and multiethnic country with a complex history.
Excursions and activities may include:
- A trip to lake Issyk-Kul, a spectacular alpine lake in the Tian Shan mountain range, where students can see petroglyphs from the Turkik era and go swimming
- A visit with nomadic sheephearders in a yurt village
- Travel to a nearby city in Kyrgyzstan
- A camping trip by horseback, with an overnight stay in yurts
- Expeditions to sites of traditional falconry, folklore, and horse games
Students who have not studied Russian will be offered a survival Russian course at the beginning of the program. Optional Russian, Kyrgyz, or other regional language study is available for an additional fee.
*This program can be tailored as an immersive Russian Language experience. Students can opt to a) live with a Russian-speaking family, b) intern in a Russian-speaking environment, and c) take an optional RSL class for four-credits for an additional fee (in addition to the four credits they receive for the core seminar).
Students live the AUCA dormitory with Kyrgyz and other international students or off campus with host families. Both options allow students to discover and participate in the daily routines of peers and local residents.
Program Dates, Costs and Scholarships
Dates and Estimated Costs
The 8-week program is offered from early June through late July.
Fees vary from year to year, and are subject to change at the discretion of the program.
Bard College has limited scholarships available for students demonstrating financial need. Instructions for the financial aid application are available within the primary program application.
How to Apply
The Bard-AUCA Summer Internship Program application is due March 1st. The application is currently available online.
For more Information, please contact us at the Institute for International Liberal Education at Bard College.