Summer Colloquium Programming
During Summer 2020 Beyond Barnard worked in collaboration with staff, faculty, alumnae, students, and employers to provide programs and event on a range of themes. Summer Colloquium represented an effort to provide supportive resources to students, alumnae, and Barnard's most recent graduates—the Class of 2020—regardless of their professional and intellectual ambitions.
The vast majority of Summer Colloquium programs are now available on Beyond Barnard's YouTube Channel.
Summer Colloquium was divided into two sessions.
- Anchor Programs: Occasions for the Entire Barnard Community to come together
- Session One: June 15-July 17
- Session Two: July 20-August 21
- Multi-Session: Programming that extends over the entire summer
Beyond Barnard's intention with Summer Colloquium was to foster (a) opportunities to learn tangible professional skills and explore multiple paths; (b) networking connections with alumnae, faculty, staff, and peers; and (c) virtual experiences that could be added to one's resume and that could help attendees track their development during summer 2020.
Some programs were conceived as week-long minicamps; others were divided over multiple weeks. All programs were remote.
Read about previous programs below! Questions? Send an email to email@example.com.
With internships cancelled and a challenging job market, many students and alumnae are seeking new opportunities and directions. How can you make the most of a summer in which your plans may have been interrupted? A panel of Beyond Barnard staff members will provide advice and insights on how to develop projects for the summer, perspective on internship opportunities and part-time jobs, recommendations about how to build meaningful connections with alumnae and others, and some ideas about how to gain and refine important skills. We will save ample time for questions and the session will be recorded.
Join us for a concluding summer event. We'll gather again at the end of the summer to discuss challenges, successes, and next steps, as the summer winds down. Featuring a distinguished alumnae panel, including:
- Margaret Morton: Director of Creativity and Expression at the Ford Foundation
- Jennifer Risi: Founder and President of The Sway Effect
- Keena McDonald: Executive Director, High Performance Computing/Grid at Morgan Stanley
- Marina Metalios: Director at Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
Session One (June 15-July 17)
Applying for a job or an internship is an art and a science. It takes knowledge of basic best practices, and consistent fine tuning. This series of workshops will provide you with hints and strategies that have been developed by Beyond Barnard staff over the course of more than 10,000 advising engagements with students and alumnae.
After being named one of the top producers among U.S. colleges and universities of students selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for nine of the past 11 years, Barnard College reached another milestone for the 2020-21 academic year when eight students and alumnae were selected for the grant. This breaks the institution's record, going back to 1949!
Barnard students and alumnae are perennially exceptional candidates for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and applicants to the 2020 cycle are invited to participate in two interactive workshops with Jen Lech, Beyond Barnard's Associate Director for Fellowships and Research.
The world of work is a wide one, so it might be intimidating to try to figure out what will work for you. Whether you're just starting your process of self-reflection, or have a general sense of your interests and want to dig deeper, this three-session workshop will introduce you to several strategies for assessing skills, matching skills to roles, and discerning potential industry fits.
Thinking about law school and want to use summer as a way to kickstart your preparation? Join this three-session series that will introduce you to application best practices, and give you the chance to hear from Barnard alumnae and from admissions representatives.
Roughly one-third of Barnard students now major in STEM fields. But a STEM career is not one-size-fits-all. From graduate school and research work to industries that might seem far-flung from your passions for work at the bench. Science majors choose paths in a wide variety of careers, and it can be valuable to reflect on the many options in front of you. Programs include:
- 7/6: Job Documents: How to Translate STEM Experience to the Page
- 7/7: Making sense of different graduate program options (PhD's, master's programs, certificates, and more)
- 7/8: Technical Interview workshop: get tips on technical interviews
- 7/9: Alumnae Panel: connect with alumnae in a range of careers and industries
- 7/10: Faculty Panel: hear from faculty about graduate school, career paths, and more
Negotiation is an important personal and professional skill, yet a lot of anxiety surrounds it. Beyond Barnard has collaborated with Professor Daniel Ames of Columbia Business School, a leading expert on negotiation and training, to bring this hands-on workshop series to Barnard students to help you practice and feel more confident in your skills.
Session Two (July 20-August 21)
Social sciences disciplines and careers are changing rapidly to respond to technological innovation, methodological shifts, and new priorities for the young century. Learn how to navigate a range of graduate pathways, apply to programs, and think about your commitments to the social sciences at the graduate level.
Thinking about business school? Learn about how to identify programs that fit with your career goals; ask questions about standardized tests and processes; get a sense of personal statement best practices; and hear perspectives from alumnae and admissions representatives.
- 8/3: Exploring Programs and Fit
- 8/4: Application Process Overview
- 8/5: Personal Statement Workshop
- 8/6: Business School Alumnae Panel Discussion
Graduate education in the humanities and arts can take many forms: master's programs, MFA's, and PhDs, among a veritable alphabet soup of other opportunities that open up paths for students pursuing work in these fields. How do you decide if graduate school is a good fit? How do you apply? And what can you expect from a range of programs and paths?
- 8/10: Exploring Humanities & Arts Graduate Programs and Disciplines
- 8/11: An Overview of the Application Process
- 8/12: Personal Statements for Humanities and Arts Graduate Programs: Best Practices and Common Mistakes
- 8/13: Alumnae Panel: Graduate Paths in the Humanities and Arts
- 8/14: Humanities & Arts Faculty Panel
Building on the previous week's discussion about graduate programs in the arts and humanities, join Dean A-J Aronstein and other guests for a two-part discussion about the transferable skills and knowledge of these fields.What does it mean to "translate" academic work in the humanities and arts for multiple career paths? And what kinds of work do humanists pursue after Barnard (and perhaps after graduate school)?
The Barnard College and Nevis Labs Online Summer Colloquium Series consists of a series of lectures and seminars given by scientists on a diverse array of research topics. Read about all of the exciting talks here.
The goal of these lectures is to introduce the student to cutting edge research happening in the fields of Physics and Astronomy. This lecture series will be held via Zoom and will run from June 15 to 30 July at 1 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lectures will be 40 min long to allow enough time for discussions.
Please fill in the following form if you would like to participate. This step is necessary in order for you to receive a Zoom link invitation.
Students can register here.
Looking to explore arts classes this summer and/or develop skills in Current Barnard students have access to online classes being offered at ICP. In this inter-institutional partnership Barnard College pays tuition directly. It's a fabulous way to connect with other students interested in photography and the arts through the state of the art classes and workshops ranging from traditional darkroom techniques to digital media at all levels.
A limited number of spots are available for a range of courses.
- Read about exciting summer online courses here.
- To enroll in courses, please fill out the form at this link.
- Please note that Class of 2020 alumnae have access to this opportunity for this summer!
- Again, tuition is paid directly by Barnard, though students will not receive Barnard credit for ICP courses.
Please note that Barnard alumnae Mira Dayal (BC'17) and Katie Giritlian (BC '16) will be teaching a course at ICP in July! Here's information:
Course description: Captions often contextualize images in history or memory after their production, and are usually treated as secondary to the photograph. In this course, we explore how the caption can instead function as a poetic prompt for imagemaking. Texts and works relating to vernacular photography and conceptual fine art projects inform the course. During each class, taught over Zoom, participants will respond to shooting and writing exercises designed for home-bound making. All will leave with a body of work around the concept of the caption that could be expanded using learned methods."
Questions? Feel email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An internship is not only an opportunity to gain experience. Rather, it's a chance to build networks, develop your portfolio, and assess your fitness to a given organization and career field. How do you set effective goals in your internship, establish professional relationships with colleagues, distinguish your work, and take the next step after an internship is over? Join us for a three-part summer-long series.
All summer 2020 applicants to health professions programs are welcome to join the Prehealth Secondary Application Summer Forum. Meet with Dr. Amanda Dye, Health Professions Lead at Beyond Barnard, and join with peers to discuss application-related questions and workshop responses to secondary applications. Come with questions, or just to listen—the Summer Forum is an open, free-form space to talk about the often-stressful application process and tap into our collective knowledge!
This four-week series takes place on Wednesdays at noon beginning on 7/8 and concluding on 7/29.
Barnard College's 4+1 Pathways allow students to combine an undergraduate liberal arts education at Barnard with a master's degree at one of the world's preeminent research universities. In these presentations, you'll learn about the many ways to pursue a 4+1 pathway.
- 7/8: BC/Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Accelerated 4+1 Pathways
- 7/15: BC/Mailman School of Public Health Accelerated 4+1 Pathways
The school-to-work transition is a complicated one. Students and recent alumnae make this transition in the context of internships and first jobs, and may not realize all of the many challenges that it entails. One is not only entering new institutions, but also in many ways crossing an invisible borderland into the "real" world that presents challenges and opportunities. Learn about how to navigate this terrain successfully from Beyond Barnard staff and guest speakers.
Programs Designed for Alumnae
Register here for this 8-week series. Events will happen weekly, beginning on 6/23 and ending 8/11. All sessions will run from 6-7:30PM Eastern.
Get clear on what's in store for you in your next professional chapter! Professional development coach Karyn Taeyaerts (P’21) will lead this 8-week series for you to have dedicated time, focus and structure for your career exploration. Through exercises and discussion with a small cohort of alumnae, you’ll craft a vision of what you want, who you are, and what's important to you. This clarity is the building block for your next move, as you can then align your vision with opportunities. By the end of the series, you’ll develop best first steps as well as a broader action plan.
There is a $25 fee for the series, toward the cost of completing the DiSC behavioral assessment. Payment instructions will be sent to you upon registration.
Space is limited; if registration is full please email email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
About our Facilitator, Karin Taeyaerts (P'21)
Karyn is passionate about raising the level of joy and success in the workplace. She offers professional development coaching services and experiences designed to help great people shift to even greater. She works with business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals through one-to-one coaching, group engagements and unique international experiences.
Her own professional journey has range and variety, meaning she has happily worn a lot of hats in a lot of different settings, industries, and geographies. Big company politics and small start-up growing pains are all familiar territory, and has held roles in senior management, as well as being her own boss.
She holds a M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, and is credentialed in both HR (SPHR and SHRM-SCP) and coaching (CPC)
Beyond Barnard provides lifelong support for alumnae, and alumnae support begins with the first summer after graduation. The Class of 2020 has graduated into an enormously complex economic and political climate, and Mission:JOB accountability groups serve as a means of keeping you connected and progressing as you discern your first steps after graduation. Facilitated by Beyond Barnard advisors, Mission:JOB groups are small-group forums for sharing stories, successes, and challenges. As you navigate the challenges of the first summer after graduation, we're all in this together with you!
How can you plan and execute an effective job search or career shift during the difficult job market caused by the COVID-19 crisis? Whether you are currently looking for a new position, or thinking about future steps, Beyond Barnard has advice and best practices for these challenging times. From revising your resume, to strengthening your network, to negotiating your salary, get up to date steps on making a change that works for you.
- 6/17: Planning and Executing a Successful Job Search
- 6/24: Resumes That Work: Highlighting Your Skills and Accomplishments
- 7/1: Cover Letters: Making the Case for Hiring You
- 7/8: Strengthening your LinkedIn Profile
- 7/15: Networking Online and In-Person