Bowdoin Public Service Fellowship Program


 George Mitchell '54 with 2018 BPS cohortThe Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Fellowship program offers five current juniors 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 includes assistance throughout all components of the internship experience. During the summer, Fellows meet several times for informal dinner discussions with alumni to further their knowledge and networks in the field of public service.

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

Upon returning to campus, Fellows participate in meetings during which they draw on their journals to reflect upon and discuss what they learned through their internships. They write a 3-5 page essay synthesizing their experience, and participate in the President’s Summer Research Symposium to share their experiences with the College community. 

Compensation: Fellows are 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. All applications are subject to a review of academic and social conduct from the Dean of Students office.

Application Timeline for 2018-2019:

  • Information Sessions:
    • Late September and October
  • Application available online - First week in October
  • Drop-In Hours with Sarah Chingos: October 15th – November 15th – Mondays 9-11am. Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm. Banister 201.
  • Application deadline - November 15th at 12:00noon
  • Bowdoin Public Service Fellows 2019 cohort announced - December 5th.

For more information, contact Sarah Chingos, associate director for public service, McKeen Center.

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