Funded Summer Internships and Fellowships

While there are many paid internships, fellowships, and other summer opportunities offered by outside organizations, Bowdoin has a generous offering of funding programs to increase your access to great summer opportunities.

Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Fellowships

Funding is provided for a small cohort of competitively selected juniors to spend the summer in a 10-week government or public sector internship in Washington, DC. This includes professional support, orientation in DC, and additional cohort programming during the summer to extend knowledge and networks.

Deadline:11/13/2020 by noon ET
Eligibility: 3rd years
Contact: Office Hours with Sarah Chingos, McKeen Center


BPS Maine Government Fellowships

Funding and support for a 10-week full-time internship in Maine state or local government.

Deadline: 2/24/2021 by noon ET
Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years
Contact: Office Hours with Sarah Chingos, McKeen Center


CXD Funded Internship Grant

Designed to support students undertaking unpaid internships in a career field of their choice, research, or original summer projects that serve the common good. The award is only limited by the imagination and creativity of Bowdoin students. The grant amount is $5,000.

Deadline: 3/31/2021 by noon ET
Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years; must be enrolled full-time for spring semester 2021.
Contact: Make an appointment on Handshake with a CXD advisor.


Davis Project for Peace

Students are invited to design original grassroots projects that you can implement during the summer that advance world peace. The two Bowdoin student projects judged to be the most promising will be submitted to the Davis Project. Recipient is given $10,000 to implement their project. Must meet with CXD advisor Meg Springer, by 11/15/20.

Deadline: 12/15/2020
Contact: Meg Springer, CXD


Denning Summer Fellowship

Students who already have a foundation of community involvement are provided the opportunity to pursue in-depth work and research on a particular public issue on behalf of a nonprofit or policy organization. Following the summer, students are encouraged to design and carry out an independent study or honors project related to their summer research with the organization. The grant can be used domestically, with preferences given to students working with organizations in Maine and New England. Grant amount is $5,000.

Deadline: 3/3/2021 at noon ET
Eligibility: 2nd and 3rd years; preference to 3rd years
Contact: Office Hours with Tom Ancona, McKeen Center


Global Citizens Fellowships

For the 2021 summer, the McKeen Center will not support international travel for Global Citizens Fellowships. Grants of $5,000 pay support students working 10 weeks with U.S.-based social justice non-profit organizations of their choice.

Deadline: 3/3/2021 at noon ET
Eligibility: All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years
Contact: Office Hours with Tom Ancona, McKeen Center

Kent Island Scientific Station (BSS) Summer Fellowship

This fellowship supports undergraduate field research in the natural sciences and artistic endeavors (broadly defined) at Bowdoin’s research station on Kent Island. Eight fellowships are available each summer. The fellowship lasts approximately 8 weeks and provides a stipend, room & board at the station, travel, and research/art supplies.

Program Dates for 2021: 5/31–7/31
Intent to Apply Deadline: 2/15/2021
Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
Fellowship Announcements: 3/15/2021


Maine Community Fellowship

Fellowships offered in public service with placements in nonprofit organizations located in midcoast Maine. Students work to address community issues while strengthening campus- community partnerships. Maine Community Fellowships capitalize on students’ interests and allow them to explore work in the public sector while developing an understanding of issues at the local level. These ten-week fellowships include a $5,000 stipend and fellows are eligible for on-campus housing.

Deadline: 2/24/2021 at noon ET
Eligibility: All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years
Contact: Office Hours with Tom Ancona, McKeen Center


Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Qualified students who have demonstrated the appropriate intellectual drive for higher education are provided access to a supportive academic environment, faculty mentoring, rigorous structured programming, and research opportunities. Active participation in two summer research training programs, GRE workshops, and guidance with the graduate application process in a Mellon designated field. MMUF offers academic year and summer stipends with the expectation that beneficiaries will work toward acquiring terminal or doctoral degrees in a Mellon designated field.

Deadline: 3/19/2021
Eligibility: 2nd year students
Contact: Elizabeth Muther, MMUF Faculty Director


Summer Fellowships from the Office of Student Fellowships and Research

Funding to support independent, faculty-mentored research in all disciplines over the summer. Fellows receive $480/week at 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research, and are eligible to receive an additional $500 in expense reimbursement. Campus housing available at no cost to the student (provided students are permitted on campus summer 2021).

Phase 1 Deadline: 2/23/2021 at noon ET
Phase 2 Deadline: 3/11/2021 at noon ET
Eligibility: 1st, 2nd, 3rd years; limited funding available for 4th years
Contact: M
ake an appointment with the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.


Upward Bound Summer Program Staff

Upward Bound is a federally funded college access program serving low income, first generation college-bound students in 14 high schools in Maine. UB Summer Session provides a college preparatory academic experience, social emotional support, and college readiness skills to help students gain admission to and successfully graduate from college. Guide staff play a critical role as mentors, academic support, as well as facilitators of social/cultural experiences during a 6 week summer program. Guide positions are typically residential; given Covid safety concerns, the format of the 2021 summer session is tbd and positions could be virtual or residential.

Deadline: Priority 03/01/2021 by 5:00 pm ET; positions open until filled
Eligibility: All years
Contact: upwardbound@bowdoin.edu


Academic Department Funding

Deadlines, eligibility, and application processes vary; 2021 deadlines are not yet posted for some of these programs. Please review the information posted on each program page to learn more.