You have three summers that fall between your first year at Bowdoin and graduation. Make them count by finding substantive internship experiences that are fun and broaden your thinking about your path career.
Internships are also very important to employers. A recent survey found that most companies use their internships to recruit entry level employees. If you secure an internship you help yourself significantly in landing your dream job when you graduate. And because organizations are looking at you as a potential full-time employee, interns are being given real work to do so they can find out if you have what it takes to be part of the team.
Employers also have a clear preference for entry level job candidates who have had internships that are relevant to the kind of work they do. So why wait, start looking for a great internships as soon as you can.
Some employers require that students receive academic credit as a requirement for their internship. If this is the case, Bowdoin College will make a notation on your transcript. Students should meet with a Career Planning Adviser before they begin the internship to discuss applying for this special notation.
Thanks to the generosity of several donors, Bowdoin is able to offer several paid internship grants and fellowships for students to pursue work experiences that would otherwise not be paid. Information sessions are held each semester to provide more information about the Funded Internship Program.
If you’ve already landed an internship and are seeking summer housing, be sure to visit our Summer Housing Resources page for some helpful information and links.
At the same time you start researching industries and companies to find your internship, you need to begin to organize the materials you’ll need to make applications. The two most important documents you’ll create are a resume and a cover letter. Some industries like advertising and graphic design might also want you to put together a portfolio of your work to better assess your creative abilities. In the field of journalism they’ll want to see articles you’ve written for student and professional publications. In almost every instance you’ll need a resume and cover letter.
Career Planning has a number of online resources to help you create your resume and cover letter or revise and improve existing ones. Once complete, arrange an appointment with a Career Planning adviser for review.
Some Helpful Tools
Online Career Resources
Bowdoin Career Planning makes a number of excellent sites available to you to gather information about career fields that may interest you. You might think that the public relations field is interesting, but how do you find out what PR professionals actually do?
The sites listed below can help you find out. Might also have chosen a academic major in a field you love. The question might then be “What can I do with this major?” We’ve included a link to a site to help you answer that question.
Spotlight on Careers: An excellent resource for finding detailed information about hundreds of career fields with links to companies, industry trade publications, and professional societies.
Vault: Vault gives you access to 70 down loadable care guides, information on 53 career paths, 40 industry overviews and over 1,100 articles on important career topics.
What Can I Do With This Major?: Information on how the professional areas and employers that correlate to your major.
Online Internship Resources
Career Planning offers several online resources to help you search for internships. Below are just a few of the most frequently used sites.
eBEAR: Always make eBEAR your first stop in your internship search. You’ll find a range of opportunities, some posted by Bowdoin alums specifically for Bowdoin students.
Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN): Search this database for thousands of internships and full-time jobs developed by liberal arts colleges across the country. To login the first time, use your Bowdoin email address and click on “Forgot Password” The system administrator will then email you a temporary password to gain access.
One Day One Internship: This website is by a Cornell alumnus. Each day, it features an interesting opportunity from a huge range of fields and employers. The best part is an email subscription service, so you can sign up to get cool internship descriptions delivered to your inbox each day.
InternMatch: A resource for finding entry-level jobs and internships, powered by LookSharp.com. You’re able to link you LinkedIn profile to your account, making applying easier.
Internships.com: Subscription online resource with internship listings from across the nation in many fields. To access, click on Student, select Bowdoin College and our Promo Code is polarbears. You will then create your own password for future use.
US Government Internships: Internships and other student work opportunities are among the best-kept secrets when it comes to getting a leg up on landing a full-time job with the federal government when you graduate. As with any type of job, the best way to find out if the federal government is for you is to try it out. But it’s not just a chance for you to test-drive the job—the internship also gives the agency a chance to see if they want to offer you a full-time job when you graduate.
Business Skills Programs
If you are looking to complement your Bowdoin education with exposure to business skills often used in internship and job settings, we encourage you to consider a variety of summer and online programs with varying areas of focus. Check out our summary of the most popular Business Skills Program options for Bowdoin students.