Employment Information for First-Year Students

Welcome Class of 2022!

Bowdoin is committed to offering all students the opportunity to work on-campus. Below are 3 options for finding an job on-campus. 

How to Find a Job

1. Participate in the First Year Job Placement Program (FYJPP)

Apply to the FYJPP and you will be placed in a part-time job for the fall semester, before you arrive on campus. By participating in this program you will not need to search through online job listings, fill out applications, interview for positions, or compete with upper-class students for position openings.  You will arrive on-campus confident that you have secured a job, however, you must be comfortable accepting the job assigned to you for the fall semester. 

Students who participate in the FYJPP must agree to commit to work a minimum of one shift per week in their assigned job for the fall semester.  Approximately 90% of FYJPP jobs are in Dining Services, however, other departments, including the Libraries, Information Technology and Administrative Offices typically offer positions through FYJPP.  Participating departments vary from year to year.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the First-Year Job Placement Program

  • Applications will be collected until Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – the final deadline for submission.
  • Placement information will be sent via email by Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Important Note: The FYJPP serves all first-year students, regardless of whether or not you receive Bowdoin financial aid. However, on the rare chance we receive more applications than available openings, priority is given to students receiving Bowdoin financial aid.

For more information regarding this program, see our FYJPP FAQ’s.

Hear what Ruby Ahaiwe '21 and Devin Torres '21 had to say about their experience with the FYJPP:


2. Attend the On-Campus Job Fair

At the start of the academic year, there will be an On-Campus Employers Job Fair.  Meet various campus employers, hiring managers and student employees.  Learn about the on-campus job opportunities available to students and be ready to interview on the spot! 

3. Apply for Jobs via the Student Employment Job Board (JobX)

If you decide not to participate in the FYJPP, you can search for jobs and apply online via the Student Employment Job Board: JobX. Once you have a Bowdoin login, you will be able to apply online.

*Review the Documents Required for Employment Before Heading to Campus!

All students employed by the College are required to complete the following forms:

  • Form I-9 – Review the list of acceptable documents before arriving on campus.
    • Expired documents, photocopies, scans, or faxes CANNOT be accepted.
    • Please do not mail any documents to our office in advance; this form must be completed in person. 
  • W-4 Form (both federal and state tax forms)
  • Direct Deposit

All documents must be completed before attending a training session or beginning your first shift.  Please be prepared to complete the I-9 form on First Year Arrival Day or at the Student Employment Office, weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

General FAQ's

Q: I have federal work-study (FWS) listed on my financial aid award. What does that mean?
A: Please visit our FWS page.

Q: Can I hold more than one job at a time? 
A: Absolutely!  As long as you do not exceed the maximum number of work hours (20/week) in your combined positions.

Q: I am not a U.S. Citizen - can I still work on campus?
A: Most likely. Please visit our International Student Employee page for details.

Q: I'm still unsure how to find a job on campus.  Can someone help me?
A: Yes, contact SEO for an appointment! (207) 725-3386 or seo@bowdoin.edu