Summer at Bowdoin: A Chance to Dive Deep

School’s out for the summer season, and masses of Bowdoin college students are making the most in their vacation time—from Shanghai, China, to Brunswick, Maine. And many are receiving a guide from Bowdoin for their endeavors.

Bowdoin college students research both inside and outside of the lecture room, and summer smash is an outstanding possibility for those looking to discover, research, and work. This summer over 330 college students has received offers to at ease internships, pursue studies initiatives, and participate in network partnerships. There also are college students who took summer jobs at the College, with positions in dining offerings, the dean’s office, admissions, and communications, amongst others.

Some of those students stay on campus—there are exactly 269 students residing in College housing for the summer season—while others are the use of budget from Bowdoin for off-campus housing everywhere from Portland, Maine, to Amman, Jordan.
Funded Internships

The Embassy of Canada, Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Organization, US Department of Treasury, and Boston’s WGBH radio station are only some of the places wherein college students are interning.

“What I locate so thrilling is the breadth of locations where college students are operating—from underserved groups with underprivileged humans, to hospitals, to felony aid work with the Volunteer Lawyer Project—it’s this big variety of things which are all so unique however all compelling of their very own way and all crucial stories for that particular scholar,” stated Dighton Spooner, senior accomplice director for the Career Exploration and Development Center.

“But a lot of those pivotal opportunities for college kids are unpaid,” he persevered, “so we rely upon a funded internship application.”

Spooner manages that funded internship program at Bowdoin and has executed so for over ten years. “When I first began overseeing this system…We gave out approximately twenty presents. Last summer we gave out seventy-three, and this yr we gave out 100 grants.” And the College wants to increase these numbers so every scholar who applies gets investment.
Research Fellowships

For a few students, paintings in the classroom simply aren’t always enough. Many use the summertime as an opportunity to similarly their own research pastimes or benefit abilties below a school member.

“Oftentimes those studies tasks function a springboard to an independent have a look at or honors mission of their senior 12 months,” stated Assistant Director of the Center for Co-Curricular Opportunities Corey Colwill.

At Bowdoin, there are several avenues to be had to students to acquire research investment:

The Center for Co-curricular Opportunities normally awards between sixty to seventy fellowships each summer season for unbiased school-mentored research initiatives.
Individual departments and programs can draw from their own price range to offer awards to college students.
Faculty members may also use outside grant-funding to hire students on their studies tasks.

In 2007, when Director of Student Fellowships and Research Cindy Stocks started her job at Bowdoin, she controlled seven one of a kind scholar award budget. Today that variety has tripled.

Additionally, her office is operating to boom the quantity awarded. This year college students earn $450 a week, but subsequent summer time the payment will grow to $480. Previously it was $four hundred. “We desired this possibility to be a feasible alternative for college students who want to make cash over the summer season,” she said. “It’s definitely profitable to see what number of college students were able to help and to see the fascinating research that they do.”
And Beyond

There also are many students who receive funding from the Mckeen Center or the Environmental Studies Program to work with community partners like Brunswick’s Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program, the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, DC, or Guatemala City’s Safe Passage. The McKeen Center also administers the Global Citizen Awards to fund several students’ worldwide stories, in addition to the Bowdoin Public Service Fellowships for pupil internships in DC.