First-Year Students

Become part of the Bowdoin work community.

Many Bowdoin students engage in jobs on campus and most find that it enriches their college experience, helps them manage their time, and provides an important source of income for expenses.

There are three ways a new student to Bowdoin can find a job on campus through the Student Employment Office (SEO).

  1. The First-Year Job Placement Program (FYJPP) will place you in a part-time, on-campus job for the fall semester before you arrive on campus. No searching through job listings, filling out multiple applications, or interviewing is required. The deadline to apply has passed.  Please review the other options below to find an on-campus job.  Contact SEO ( with any questions.    

  2. You can also browse and apply for jobs on the JobX website. JobX is our job board with current positions available on campus. Once you have a Bowdoin login, you will be able to apply online for positions. 

  3. Attend the SEO On-Campus Job Fair in the early fall. 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! Look for posters on campus for exact date, location, and time.  

Apply to the FYJPP and 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 percent 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.

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

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

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