Explore the Health Professions!

Internet Research

Check out the websites of a variety of health professions organizations to learn about the different fields and the related educational programs; access these sites from the Health Field Links page.

Programs on Campus

Attend panel discussions and individual presentations on campus regarding opportunities in the health professions. Be sure you are on the Health Professions Advising email list to receive notices of upcoming programs.

Informational Interviews

Talk with family members, friends of your parents, parents of your friends, your family doctor, your dog's veterinarian... to learn about their professions.

Arrange to speak with health care professionals in the Brunswick area or with Bowdoin alumni/ae working in health professions/allied health fields near your hometown; names of individuals who have volunteered to be contacted are available from the Health Professions Advisor.

Volunteer Experience

Consider both summer and academic year options such as volunteering in a hospital or veterinary clinic, depending upon your interests; listings of opportunities in the Brunswick community are available through the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

Job Shadowing

Arrange to spend some time during the academic year or a few days during January break observing the daily routine of a health care professional in the field(s) of interest to you. Ask the Health Professions Advisor for names of contacts if you do not know anyone to approach.


Explore a wide range of options; even part-time unpaid internships, which may be held in conjunction with paid employment, can be of great value. Information on over 10,000 internships is readily available through the CPC website. Make an appointment with a counselor in CPC for assistance with the internship search.

Consider academic-year as well as summer options, i.e. interning in a veterinarian's office, assisting in an academic department...

Gain enough experience during your first two years to enable you to qualify for a competitive research position or relevant internship during the summer after your junior year.

For additional ideas or for assistance with any of the above suggestions, please contact Seth Ramus (sramus@Bowdoin.edu), Director of Health Professions Advising.