About the BCDC

How can we assist you in your career development process?

Mission Statement


The mission of the Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) is to partner with Bates students and alumni, faculty and staff, and recruiters to deliver exemplary career-related services including career coaching and exploration, skill-building and training.

The BCDC is committed to working closely with students and alumni through individual and personalized career exploration at every stage to achieve the following:

  • Respect and support individual interests and goals throughout the career development process
  • Develop customized career exploration strategies and life-long career management skills
  • Collaborate with students and alumni to cultivate a keen understanding of the current marketplace and their own marketability
  • Provide an array of opportunities to explore career options through experiential and hands-on learning combined with industry research
  • Communicate information in an open and timely manner

BCDC is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and abides by NACE’s Principles for Professional Practice.

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker. 

Gaining Experience

Students find help defining their interests and abilities, researching different fields, planning job shadowing and developing job-hunting skills through the Bates Career Development Center. The office has programs, timelines, and advice for all students and alumni, not just graduating seniors.

Bates’ career counselors offer a valuable perspective on careers and graduate education relative to the choice of major, and they can provide insights on growth industries, and the invaluable role of internships.

BCDC hosts on-campus interview sessions with representatives of graduate and professional schools and businesses, as well as an annual graduate and professional school fair.

Internships can help students clarify career goals, test passions, build skills, and develop networks in professional fields. We hope that all students will have at least one internship while here at Bates College. By participating in the Purposeful Work internship program, students may apply to paid internships specifically designated for Bates students or to positions they independently secure. There are a wide variety of paid and unpaid internships available through Handshake and the Liberal Arts Career Network with the majority posted during Jan-March for summer. Large corporate internships along with  finance and consulting internships tend to be posted October through December.

Participating in an internship can help you to determine whether or not you want to pursue a career in a specific field, as well as giving you valuable experience to add to your resume. Bates College offers several research, community-based learning support, grant and fellowship opportunities, as well as linking to sources for thousands of other possibilities.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and create a strategic plan with you to accomplish your goals.

Register on our online recruiting system Handshake, then make your appointment to meet with a career professional.

Get to Know the BCDC

Our resources are designed to support a wide variety of student interests, skill sets and goals.  The BCDC provides a vast array of on and off-campus campus recruiting events, alumni visits, workshops, industry information sessions, graduate and professional school events, networking opportunities, resume and cover letter reviews, and more.

We consistently challenge ourselves to seek innovative and effective ways to connect students and alumni with a diverse range of opportunities, and we especially appreciate the strong support that family members provide for Batesies.

To become better acquainted with our staff and resources, consider the following:

  • Stop by to meet our staff and to tour our office at 146 Wood Street
  • Sign up to receive the BCDC Bulletin  – a newsletter that highlights programs, events, employment opportunities and breaking news

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), please note that BCDC staff members are not able to discuss details regarding a student’s file with anyone other than the student.

For more information about a wide array of other helpful Bates resources for parents, we welcome you to visit with Alumni and Parent Engagement.

Staff Members and Contact Information

Members of the BCDC staff work closely with students, alumni, employers and colleagues at every stage of the career development process.

Please call us at 207-786-6232 to schedule an office or phone appointment with a counselor.  We look forward to working with you!

David McDonough, Director
E-mail: dmcdonou@bates.edu          Telephone: 207-786-6231

David provides management and leadership for the Career Development Center. Previously, David has worked within career services at Boston University, Brandeis University and Clark University and in human resources and career services for colleges in Scotland.  He has a B.A. (Hons) in politics and geography from the University of Sunderland and a Postgraduate Diploma in logic and information technology from the University of Dundee.

Colleen Coxe, Senior Associate Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
E-mail: ccoxe@bates.edu          Telephone: 207-786-6398

Colleen works with employers to develop and promote job and internship opportunities for Bates students and recent graduates.  She is the primary contact for corporate recruiters, as well as alumni interested in recruiting Bates students.  Previously, Colleen has worked in communications as a consultant, and in higher education, health care and environmental organizations.  She has an M.S. in communication from Boston University and a B.A. in English and French from Dickinson College.

Karen Daigler, Senior Associate Director for Graduate and Professional School Advising
E-mail:  kdaigler@bates.edu          Telephone:  207-786-6230

Karen provides academic and career guidance to pre-health students and alumni, and advises those interested in pursuing graduate school.  She serves as an ex officio member of the Medical Studies Committee at Bates.  She also serves as a general career counselor, and administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments.  Karen has worked in career development for more than 20 years at Bates, Bowdoin and Boston College.  In her role at Bowdoin, Karen worked extensively with students interested in education and nonprofit careers.  Karen has an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College and a B.A. in sociology from Cortland State University.

Nancy Gibson, Associate Director
E-mail:  ngibson@bates.edu          Telephone:  207-786-6234

Nancy provides pre-law, graduate school and fellowship advising, as well as general career counseling.  For more than 20 years, Nancy practiced law and taught at Northwestern University Law School and the University of Maine law school.  She has also consulted with lawyers and legal organizations on career and professional development issues. Nancy is credentialed to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments. She received a B.S. magna cum laude in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.

Amy Jaffe, Associate Director for Career Development
E-Mail ajaffe@bates.edu                 Telephone: 207-786-6235

Sheila Anderson, Assistant Director – Operations and Analysis
E-mail:  sanderso@bates.edu          Telephone:  207-786-6233

Sheila oversees Handshake and all subscription recruiting databases, and manages the BCDC web site. She gathers counseling statistics to help determine the needs of Bates students and alumni who use BCDC services and tracks the first destination plans of Bates graduates.  She also oversees the BCDC Office Assistants.  Prior to coming to Bates, Sheila worked in adult education with students to help them obtain their GEDs.  She obtained her B.A. in American Studies from Westbrook College.

Karina Lemay, Program Specialist
E-mail:  klemay@bates.edu          Telephone:  207-786-6467

Karina maintains the pre-health records for students who are planning on applying to medical school. She is also responsible for the weekly BCDC newsletter, the yearly grad fair event, supporting the CDIP program, and LADD program. Prior to coming to Bates she worked in Event Marketing as a project manager, organizing and planning events, managing employees, and working with clients and before that she worked for a local online job board. She has a Bachelor’s in Business from University of New England and Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

Karen Ouellette, Recruiting & Events Assistant
E-mail:  bcdc@bates.edu          Telephone:  207-786-6232

Karen’s responsibilities include serving as intake advisor for students and alumni, scheduling counseling appointments, assisting with employer recruiting and internship events, and handling logistics for workshops, trainings and programs.  Karen brings more than 20 years of administrative assistant/office management experience.  She has worked in education on special grants for schools throughout the state of Maine, for a large Maine corporation, and in human services.


2015-16 Career Development Fellows:

Lani Eversage ’15 of Fairfield, Iowa is a history major with a focus on East Asian studies and concentrations in physics and Japanese cultural studies. He has a love for the outdoors, family, traveling, as well as teaching and working with others. He spent last summer working as a sales and marketing specialist at Bank of America in Belfast, Maine. Lani will focus his efforts on a successful football season this fall, and on finishing his senior thesis in the winter of next year.

Samreen Fatima ’16 of Karachi, Pakistan is a double major in politics and economics, and a minor in education. The summer after her first year, she interned in New York City at a non-profit called Project Istwa, and also spent a month in Costa Rica backpacking and improving her Spanish. This summer, she interned at Larkin Trade International, a consultancy firm in Beijing, China. She has spent her Short Terms abroad traveling to Turkey and Malawi. At Bates, Samreen has been the president of the international club; she is currently teaching Bollywood dance classes, volunteering at the Lewiston High School, and serving as a Junior Adviser to the incoming first year class.

Isabel Ferguson ’16 is a psychology major and education studies minor from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Isabel served this past year on the Bates Residential Life Staff as a Junior Adviser. She is also a member of the Bates women’s cross country and track and field teams. She enjoys volunteering in the local elementary schools as a teacher’s assistant. This summer, Isabel interned in New York City with the non-profit DonorsChoose.org as an education policy intern, funded through a Harward Summer Student Fellowship. She plans on studying abroad in New Zealand next winter.

Julian Bardin ’16

Molly Chisholm ’17

Billy Dudine ’16

Zhen Gong ’16

Thuy Mo Do ’16

Fatima Sacko ’17

Hannah Tolan ’17

We welcome visitors to the BCDC year-round, and we look forward to seeing you often!

  • Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am – 4:30pm with evening workshops and employer info sessions in a variety of locations (check Handshake for the schedule).
  • Walk in hours at BCDC: Daily 1:00-3:00 p.m.*
  • Walk in hours at Ladd Library: Monday and Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m.*
  • Walk in hours at the OIE: Sunday 7:00-9:00 p.m.*
*Please note that walk ins take place only while classes are in session.

Where to Find Us

146 Wood Street | Lewiston, ME | 04240
207-786-6232 | Fax:  207-786-6126 | bcdc@bates.edu