Thank you for visiting the Career Development website. We recognize the important role you and other family members play in your student's life, and we encourage your support as your student seeks internships and part-time jobs and begins to make decisions about her life after Barnard. We invite you to learn more about our office and our online resources. For more information on how you can participate in your daughter's Barnard experience, please see the main Parents page.
The mission of the Career Development Office is to help define the connection between a liberal arts education and life-work planning. We provide individual guidance to students and alumnae as they clarify their values, strengths, and interests so they can make informed career decisions. To become educated about career options and life choices, each Barnard woman is encouraged to participate in internships, community service, jobs, and career programming. Our goal is to develop and enhance the process of her learning to achieve a satisfying work life with an awareness of the implications of her work on the wider world.
Visit the Career Development Office on the second floor of Elliott Hall at 49 Claremont Avenue and 119th Street when you come to campus. We invite parents of first-year students to meet us during move-in and learn more about our services. Joining us for Family Weekend? Stop by the Career Development table at the Student Services Fair, or attend special sessions where Barnard interns and alumnae share their experiences.
Learn more about Career Development's valuable programing:
How to Assist Your Student
- Encourage your student to visit the Career Development website. It has interactive capability, describes all programs, provides fact sheets, lists internships and jobs, enables students to register their career interests, sign up for workshops, and schedule on-campus interviews with employers via NACElink. Weekly newsletters informs students about career programs, workshops, internships, entrepreneurship, community service, and special opportunities. Fall semester and spring semester career fairs provide students with the occasion to meet employers offering both internships and full time employment opportunities. Moreover, the office collaborates with faculty on the New York Civic Engagement Program to connect community service to the classroom experience.
- Encourage your student to schedule an individual career counseling appointment. She will be given access to the On-Line Alumnae Community database that lists graduates who are available to discuss their fields. She can also participate in the Student-to-Alumnae Mentoring program that pairs students with alumnae for ongoing mentoring throughout the academic year. In addition, the Take a Barnard Student to Work program matches students with alumnae to participate in job shadowing and informational interviews. Your student may also participate in the Junior Jumpstart Programs, designed to advance the industry-specific knowledge and professional skills of Barnard sophomores and juniors through exposure to industry experts
- Encourage your student to take advantage of counseling drop-in hours to meet with a professional staff member or Peer Career Counselor who is trained to assist fellow students with career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search strategies.
- Encourage your student to explore career interests and develop skills outside the classroom. We assist students in obtaining full-time employment (after graduation), internships, part-time or summer employment, and community service opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Many students benefit from self-assessment inventories or by meeting with a counselor.
- Talk to your student about the importance of informational interviewing and networking. Encourage your student to connect with past internship supervisors, friends, neighbors, business associates and community contacts for additional networking opportunities and career exploration. Students can also connect with the many Barnard alumnae who participate in the Alumnae Directory, available online.
- Listen to your student discuss academic coursework and experiences in the workplace. Initiate conversations about the transferable skills acquired during your student's years at Barnard, regardless of a major area of study.