Bowdoin Public Service Fellowship Program


 George Mitchell '54 with 2018 BPS cohortThe Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Fellowship program will offer five rising seniors the opportunity to pursue a 10-week summer internship in the fields of government and public policy. Internships will be based in Washington, D.C. and may include working in a federal office, agency, or non-governmental organization engaged in policy work.

This is a comprehensive internship opportunity, and will include four components: assistance in applying to, and securing, internships; a pre-internship training program; programmatic support during the summer; and post-experience activities.

Application support: Assistance will be available through the Career Planning Center and Associate Director for Public Service during the internship search and application process. 

Preparation for internship: In the second half of the spring semester, Fellows will participate in a pre-departure training that will orient them to their work as interns. As part of this training, members of the faculty and alumni community will meet with Fellows to discuss careers in public service and offer practical advice. Students who are studying abroad will be expected to participate virtually. 

Summer support: Fellows will keep in touch with the associate director for public service throughout the internship, and will be expected to maintain a journal to document topics, issues, and dilemmas that arise in relation to their work.

Reflection: Upon returning to campus, Fellows will participate in a series of meetings during which they will draw on their journals to reflect upon and discuss what they learned through their internships. They will write a 3-page essay synthesizing their experience, and will participate in the President’s Summer Research Symposium to share their experiences with the College community. 

Compensation: Fellows will be eligible to receive up to $5000, depending on the funding structure of the internship attained.

Housing, Food and Transportation: Fellows must secure their own housing and food for the duration of their internship, and must cover their own commuting costs. Additional assistance may be available to students who demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility: All current juniors with a passion for government service and public policy, regardless of major, are encouraged to apply. Students must be community members in good standing, per Dean’s review.

Application Timeline: The deadline for Summer 2018 has passed, but below are general timelines.

  • Information Sessions:
    • Late September and October
  • Application available online - First week in October
  • Drop-In Hours with Sarah Chingos: October 15th – November 15th – Times TBD. Banister 201.
  • Application deadline - November 15th at 12:00noon
  • Bowdoin Public Service Fellows 2018 cohort announced - early December

For more information, contact Sarah Chingos, Associate Director for Public Service, McKeen Center.

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