Bowdoin Public Service Fellowships

The Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Fellowship program provides funding and programmatic support for a cohort of current juniors to pursue a summer internship in Washington, D.C.

The Bowdoin Public Service Fellowship program offers up to twelve 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 affiliated with government function.

This is a comprehensive internship opportunity, and includes assistance throughout all components of the internship experience. During the summer, Fellows meet several times for 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. 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: All Fellows will be paid $5000 for 10 weeks of full time work. Additional assistance may be available to students with demonstrated financial need.

Housing: Because of the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not anticipate being able to arrange group housing in Washington, DC for summer 2021.

Eligibility: All current juniors with a passion for government service and public policy, regardless of major, are encouraged to apply. Students who are abroad can participate virtually until the start of orientation in D.C. All applications are subject to a review of academic and social conduct from the Dean of Students office.

BPS Fellows 2021:

The application has closed for Summer 2021.

Additional funding resources:

There are more ways to fund an unpaid internship in government.

The Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship is designed for a current student pursuing an unpaid summer internship in the U.S. government or a U.S. national public policy institute. Click here to learn more about the Ladd internship and other funding opportunities.

Phi Beta Kappa's Key Into Public Service program will award $5000 to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing public service internships. Application deadline is in the fall.