Story posted February 05, 2010
Students descended on Morrell Lounge, Smith Union Thursday, February 4, 2010, for the second annual Maine-Based Employer Day. They mingled with representatives from 25 employers who came from the around the state offering a total of 33 jobs and internships.
The event, which also invited students from Bates and Colby, served a number of purposes, including doing its part to prevent what's been called "brain drain" — the departure of bright young minds from the state after graduation.
"By raising awareness of the diversity of companies and organizations that happen to be based in Maine, we open the door for talented Bowdoin students to begin their careers in the state they have come to love during their time at Bowdoin," said Bowdoin Career Planning Director Timothy Diehl.
"I found that there were a lot of opportunities in Maine for students," said Jess Britt '10, a government major and Spanish minor who's interested in a career in corporate responsibility. "I'm still exploring my options, but I'm definitely going to follow up with some of them."
Kate Gunderson '10 was hopeful she'd find a lead on something, having had little luck prior to attending the job fair. "It's hard," she said. "There's nothing around."
In order to participate, employers were required to have internships or full-time job opportunities suited to liberal arts students.
Maine-Based Employer Day was organized by Bowdoin Career Planning.