Bowdoin Public Service in Washington

Bowdoin Public Service WashingtonAPPLY NOW - Deadline Wed, November 8th at noon.

(Note: you will need to submit a résumé, statement of interest, and names of two references -  please review the full application and compile these materials prior to beginning the application)

The Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) in Washington program is designed to provide up to 10 current sophomores with the opportunity to delve into topics around government and public policy work in Washington, D.C. It is an interdisciplinary program, and seeks participants from a variety of academic and life backgrounds. All current sophomores are eligible to apply. 

Starting in January, selected BPS in Washington participants will meet for a weekly 1.5 hour seminar to engage in topics in public service, including foreign policy, economic policy, science/environmental policy, human rights/immigration policy, and campaigns and elections. These seminars will bring in Bowdoin faculty, alumni and community members with expertise in government service, and will be facilitated by two senior student leaders and the program director.

During the first week of spring break (March 10-17, 2018), programming will shift to Washington, D.C., where students will connect with elected, appointed and career government officials, as well as alumni and others working in NGOs with public policy initiatives. Participants will meet with alumni at all stages of their careers in public service. Meetings will take place at work sites all over Washington, D.C. and in downtown offices.

Participants will meet on-campus again after spring break to reflect on the experience both as individuals and as a cohort.

There is no student cost to this program.

Application Timeline:

  • Application materials available online - Friday, October 6th
  • Information Sessions:
    • Thursday, October 12th 7:30-8:30pm, Banister 106
    • Wednesday, November 1st 12:30-1:30pm, McKeen Center Common Room
  • Drop-In Hours with Sarah Chingos: October 15th – November 15th – Mondays 12:00-2:00pm, Thursdays 9:00-11:00am. Banister 201.
  • Application deadline - Wednesday, November 8th at 12:00noon
  • BPS in Washington cohort announced - November 30, 2017

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