First-Year Students

Become part of the Bowdoin WORK community.

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

Student working at a desk

 Music Library Assistant

Did you know?
  • Approximately 65% of Bowdoin students engage in jobs on campus.
  • First-Year students typically work between 3-8 hours per week.
  • All students eligible to work in the US may work on campus, you do not have to be an aided student to work.
  • Supervisors will assist you with scheduling work around your classes.

There are several ways a new student to Bowdoin can find a job on campus, and the Student Employment Office (SEO) is available to help.

First Year Job Placement Program - We are no longer accepting applications

  • The First Year Job Placement Program (FYJPP) is designed to help incoming first year students secure a campus job before the start of the semester. The benefit of participating in the program is that you avoid the hassle of searching job listings, filling out multiple applications, interviewing for positions, or competing with upper-class students. However, this program is not the right fit for everyone. If you are interested in a specific job and/or are strongly opposed to working in Dining Services, this program is not for you. 

  • The FYJPP serves all first-year students, regardless of financial aid status. If we receive more applications than jobs available, we will prioritize aided students first.

  • You must commit to work a minimum of five (5) hours per week in your assigned job for the fall semester. For the class of 2027, we have jobs available in Dining Services, H-L Library, Hatch Science Library, Information Technology, Music Department and Athletics. Review the job details before you apply. You will have the opportunity to rank your preferences and provide your work experience in the application; however, you will not be guaranteed your top choice, you may be placed in a job listed as your last choice. Approximately 90% of students who participate are placed in Dining Services. If you are not comfortable working in Dining Services, please do not apply to be part of the FYJPP.

  • The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 19, 2023. You will be notified via email if you have been accepted into the program before the end of July; placement information will be sent via email in mid-August. 

  • For more information, please review the FYJPP FAQ's.

Browse and apply for jobs online via Workday


  • You will have the opportunity to meet upper-class students, staff and faculty. Ask classmates if they work on campus and, if so, where?  What do they like about their job(s)? What is one thing they learned about student employment that has been super helpful?  If you are speaking with staff or faculty, you can ask if they hire students to work in their department, if so, what types of jobs are usually available? 

Schedule an appointment 

  • Not sure what type of work you are interested in or what might fit best with your schedule, we can help! Schedule an appointment with SEO.