Bowdoin Public Service in Washington

The interdisciplinary Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) in Washington program is designed to provide a small cohort of current sophomores with the opportunity to delve into topics around government and public policy work in Washington, D.C.
Applications Now Open for BPS in Washington 2023 Cohort!
BPS in Washington Applications are now OPEN and due by 12:00pm on Friday October 28, 2022
  • Application available HERE
  • Learn more about BPS in Washington!
    • Information Flyer
    • 10/13 Info Session
      • 4:30 in Banister Hall 106
    • 10/19 Info Session
      • 4:30 in Lancaster Lounge
  • Questions? Please reach out to Associate Director for Public Service, Wendy Van Damme or BPS Fellows Liam McNett and Rory Devlin

We seek curious students who want to actively engage in learning about government function and policy implementation at the federal level.

Students from all academic and life backgrounds are encouraged to apply. No coursework or prior policy experience is required.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

The Program

Starting in January, selected BPS in Washington participants will meet for a weekly 1.5 hour seminar to engage in topics in public service. In addition to the three branches of government, topics might include foreign policy, economic policy, national security, international development and campaigns. 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, one junior student leader, 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.