Career Development Center
Individual and personalized career exploration
The Bates Career Development Center is ready to help. Shine in your interviews. Connect with employers. Land the dream internship. Last year, Bates students worked and learned at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, ESPN, Credit Suisse, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Stanford Institute in Political Psychology — among others. And nearly 70 percent of graduates accepted a job, fellowship, internship or graduate school admission offer by graduation. With 23,000 Bates alumni there for you with advice, internships and summer positions, someday you’ll be one of them, ready and able to give back.
It’s a common generalization that a great education will lead to a great career. The truth of the matter is more nuanced: to make professional use of your education in today’s job market, you’ll need expert guidance and deeply established social connections. It’s the mission of the Bates Career Development Center to provide just that. By partnering you with alumni, faculty, staff and recruiters, the BCDC insures that your great education will lead to your great career.
- Develop life-long career management skills
- Cultivate a keen understanding of the current marketplace and your own marketability
- Explore an array of career options through experiential, hands-on learning combined with industry research
- Communicate information in an open and timely manner; Respect and support individual interests and goals
Started in 1978 by Bates benefactor George E. Ladd, the Ladd Internship Program exposes liberal arts students to the working world through paid internships with pre-selected organizations and companies. As one of last year’s interns said, “This internship completely exceeded my expectations. I learned more than I ever thought I could, and was surrounded by people who were very interested in my growth…It was a great complement to my Bates education and really inspired me to pursue a career in finance.”
Follow a “Hire Education” blogger
Bates’ own Shalini Sharan has been selected as a “Hire Education” blogger by The Wall Street Journal. The blogs are posted on the WSJ website by nine seniors at different colleges and universities around the U.S. as they finish their senior year and “look for work in a tough job market.” In her first blog entry, she mentions that a summer internship in the office of a Bates alum in Washington, D.C., took place in “a unique corporate setting that steered my career goals in a new direction.”Next: Fellowships & Graduate Degrees