Bowdoin Public Service in Washington

Mar 2018 BPS in Washington

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2018 BPS in Washington students prepare for March trip to DC.

Who Will Help the Country? Serving the Common Good through Public Service

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. Topics might include 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, 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 for 2018-2019:

  • Application materials available online - first week of October
  • Information Sessions:
    • Wednesday, October 3 - 7:30pm, Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall
    • Monday, October 15 - 7:30pm, Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall
    • Drop In Lunch Info Session: Tuesday, October 23 - 12:00-1:30pm, Mitchell North Dining Room, Thorne
  • Drop-In Hours with Sarah Chingos: October 15-31st. Mondays 9-11am. Thursdays 12:30-2:00.
  • Application deadline - October 31st at noon.
  • BPS in Washington cohort announced - November 20th.

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

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