A liberal arts degree provides excellent preparation for a career in medicine and other health fields. Seth Ramus, Health Professions Advising, is the academic advisor to help you as you plan your courses, think about different professions, consider volunteer opportunities, apply to internships and post grad positions, and navigate the application process. Make an appointment to meet with him early in your time at Bowdoin.
Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations: $63,420
- Healthcare Support Occupations: $27,910
Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level assistants and technicians. Check out Glassdoor and Salary.com to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.
Students pursue a wide range of experiences over the summer, from work in hospitals and clinics, to research, to public health work, and much more. There are a number of opportunities specifically targeted toward students who are underrepresented in various fields. Check those out on our Diversity Recruiting page. Most deadlines for programs are between January-March. Winter break is a great time to get your applications in!
- Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) (6-week free program in May/June for first and second year students)
- Bowdoin Institutional Fellowships and Departmental Fellowships are a great way to get research experience at Bowdoin. Deadlines are typically in February.
- Theodore W. Anastopoulos P’79 Fellowship: Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos ’79 P14, made in memory of his father, the Office of Health Professions Advising offers internships for students interested in exploring careers in medicine and other health professions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. These internships give students an opportunity to participate in clinically relevant research, and provide opportunities to interact with patients and shadow healthcare professionals in a hospital environment. The positions also provide a $3000 stipend, but students are responsible for their own room and board. This is open to all students interested in exploring the health professions. Pre-Nursing and Pre-PA students are particularly encouraged to apply. Congratulations to the 2017 Anastopoulos recipient: Yoonjin Seo ’19. Read about past recipients’ stories here!
- Camp Jabberwocky for the disabled, Vineyard Haven, MA
- Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch
- Frontier Nursing Service Courier Program, Wendover, KY
- Hartford Hospital Summer Student Research Fellowship
- Hole in the Wall Gang Camps
- St. Mary Medical Center Pre-Med Summer Program, Langhorne PA
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Research Associates (RA) Program in Emergency Medicine, Bridgeport, CT
- Project Healthcare at Bellevue Hospital (unpaid)
- Alliance for Health Reform, Health Policy Internship
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Summer Student Employment Program
- New York City Department of Health Research Training Program
- Philadelphia Health Management Corporation Research and Evaluation Division
- CDC Health Equity Internships
- NAAHP Summer Opportunities
- MD Anderson Cancer Research Programs
- Health Career Connection
- Hanley Center Undergraduate Health Leadership Internship Program (for students interested in practicing medicine in Maine)
- Brigham Research Institute
- Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program
- Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program
- Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS)
- University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program
- HIPRC’s INSIGHT Research Program
- Cornell and Sloan Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer MD-PhD prep program
- American Heart Association Summer Research Program
- Maine Medical Center Research Institute Summer Student Research Program
- Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Intern Program
- National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
- NYU School of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- Sloan-Kettering Institute Summer Research Internship Program
- Washington University Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP)
- Mount Sinai SURP
- UMass Medical School Summer Research Opportunity
Summer Internship Resources
- Pathways to Science is a large searchable database of summer opportunities
- RIT maintains a very comprehensive list of summer internships and research opportunities.
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
Post Graduate Opportunities
Most Bowdoin students take a year or two off before pursuing their next degree. Some apply for national fellowships, like the Fulbright, while others consider a range of health related positions. Most clinical or medical research will ask you to commit to two years, but some offer one year options.
While some positions will be posted on eBear (and through Health Professions Advising) before winter break, the hiring cycle for most opportunities is from February – May. If you are considering teaching or applying to programs such as AIDS United AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or Princeton in Africa, the deadlines are earlier. In the fall (Boston) and spring (New York City), Bowdoin takes part in Eastern College Career Day – keep an eye out for emails about the days to see if there are positions that interest you.
Here are places that many Bowdoin students have found positions, but there are alumni working in research facilities throughout the country. Use the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network (BCAN) or meet with your career advisor to find people working in different locations.
Read about service corps that relate to healthcare.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- The Broad Institute
- Children’s Hospital Boston
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Harvard Medical
- Joslin Diabetes Center
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
- Chicago Clinical Research Institute
- Children’s Memorial Hospital
- Hektoen Institute of Medicine
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Rush University Medical Center
- University of Chicago Medical Center
- University of Illinois Medical Center
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Columbia University Medical
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering
- Mount Sinai
- Northwell Health Academic Associates Program
- NYU Medical Center
- The Rockefeller University
- Weil Cornell Medical College
San Francisco / Los Angeles
- Children’s National Medical Center
- Georgetown University Hospital
- GW Medical Center (apply through GWU Careers)
- MedStar Health Research Institute
Post Graduate Fellowships in Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control – Public Health Associates Program A 2-year funded fellowship program that several Bowdoin students have done following graduation. Associates are placed around the country.
- National Health Corps / Americorps
- Emerging Infectious Diseases Advanced Laboratory Training Fellowship
- Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program (1 year)
- Global Health Corps
- Leland International Hunger Fellows Program (2 year)
- UCSF Alliance Health Project Post-Bac Internship Program
- University of Washington: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Post-Bac Fellowship
Post Graduate – International
There are costs to participate in these programs.