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.

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

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

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 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.


The BPS in Washington program was virtual for 2021, but retained many of the key characteristics of our traditional program.

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