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
  • Connect with BCDC staff who specialize in career interests related to the work that you do

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-150x150David 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 CoxeColleen 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 GibsonNancy 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 JaffeAmy Jaffe, Associate Director for Career Development
E-Mail ajaffe@bates.edu                 Telephone: 207-786-6235

Amy serves as a general career counselor, guiding students who are uncertain about their future career options. She also advises students on resumes, interviews, and job searches as well as manages the Career Discovery in Practice (CDIP) program. Amy specializes in young adult career development and assessments; she is credentialed to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments. Amy has worked in career development for over ten years, at Golden Gate University and at Bates College, previously. Additionally, she teaches career development courses at the University of Southern Maine and is a career counseling associate at Heart at Work in Portland. She holds a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.

SheilaSheila 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 LemayKarina 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 Purposeful Work Internship 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 the University of New England and Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

Karen Ouellette 2Karen Ouellette, Recruiting & Events Assistant
E-mail: koullet@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:

Billy DudineBilly Dudine ’16 is a politics major and German minor from Brooklyn, New York. At Bates, he volunteers in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and was a member of the college’s rugby team during his freshman and sophomore years. Billy spent his junior year fall semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany studying politics and German. During his sophomore summer he was a Research Intern at the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City. During Short Term after his junior year he was a Legal Intern in Judge Denny Chin’s Chambers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This past summer he was a Marketing and Communications Intern for the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation in Washington D.C. as a part of the Purposeful Work Program.

Isabel FergusonIsabel Ferguson ’16 is a psychology major and education studies minor from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand for a semester.  At Bates, Isabel enjoys volunteering in the local elementary schools and running on the varsity women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She served as a member of the Bates Residential Life Staff as a Junior Advisor and worked as a Peer Writing Assistant. This year she will be a Senior Admissions Fellow in the Bates Admissions Office. She was awarded a Summer Student Fellowship by the Harward Center to work as an education policy intern with the New York-based non-profit DonorsChoose.org. She has also interned as a sales and marketing intern with Seattle Chocolates and at Amazon as a recruiting intern at their corporate headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Julian BardinJulian Bardin ’16 is a politics and studio art double major with a concentration in French and Francophone studies from Bronxville, New York. He spent his junior year winter semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey studying the current politics and art of the region. At Bates, Julian is an Admissions Fellow and Founder and President of the Bates Arts Society, an organization that provides an innovative digital platform for the publication and exhibition of Bates student artwork. This past summer he worked at the advertising agency Publicis in New York City.

Fatima, SamreenSamreen Fatima ’16 is an economics and politics double major from Karachi, Pakistan. The summer after her sophomore year, she interned as a consultant at Larkin Trade International in Beijing and recently spent her junior summer interning as an investment banking summer analyst at Barclays in New York City. She was selected to travel to Turkey and Malawi as part of a selective off-campus short term study abroad courses during her freshmen and sophomore year. At Bates, Samreen has served as a Junior Advisor, the president of the international club, and is currently teaching Bollywood dance classes, volunteering at Lewiston High School and acting as a writing and speech assistant for a First Year Seminar class.

Shannon_Griffin_005 (1)Shannon Griffin ’16 is a psychology and Chinese double major from Philadelphia, PA. She spent a semester abroad in Kunming, Yunnan, China in conjunction with Yunnan Nationalities University studying the preservation and development of China’s minority cultures. The summer before her senior year, Shannon received a grant through the Purposeful Work Program to intern at Bunun Cultural and Educational Foundation, an organization founded by an aboriginal tribe in southern Taiwan. At Bates, she has served as co-president of Amandla!, the college’s Black student union, and currently she is a Peer writing and Speaking tutor, supervisor for the Bates Fund Stewardship interns, a member of the Women’s Track & Field team, and a competitively successful debater for the Brooks Quimby Debate Council.

Thuy My DoThuy My Do ’16 is a politics major from Germany and Vietnam with minors in French and Chinese.  She spent the second semester of her junior year at the university Sciences Po in Bordeaux, France exploring political studies from a European lens with a focus on migration and immigration.  Following her study abroad experience, she received a Purposeful Work grant to intern at the PR and Marketing Department of Brooks Brothers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during the summer.  At Bates, she has been a German and Chinese tutor since her sophomore year and currently works with the Bates Residential Life Staff as a Residence Coordinator for upperclassmen.

Zhenny GongZhenny Gong ’16  is an economics major and math minor from New York City. At Bates, she has worked at the Office of Admission as a tour guide and summer intern, the Career Development Center as an office assistant, and the Advancement Office as a stewardship intern. Additionally, she was a varsity coxswain on the men’s rowing team her freshman and sophomore years. Zhenny is currently a member of the Student Conduct Committee and Investment Club and holds leadership positions in the Fishing Club and Women in Leadership. She has been a summer analyst for the past two summers within the Investment Banking division at Citigroup, where she plans to return post-graduation.

Alex Eaton ’17 is a Biology major and Theatre minor, on a Pre-Medical track from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He studied abroad his junior fall at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. At Bates, he is a Tour Guide Coordinator for the Office of Admission and an Organic Chemistry Laboratory TA and Tutor for the Chemistry Department. Additionally, he is a founder and co-president of the Bates College Student Support Network, a peer group that offers free and confidential one-on-one meetings for Bates students seeking peer support on issues arising in a high intensity academic environment. He is also a volunteer for Big Brother/Big Sister. His sophomore summer, Alex was a Purposful Work Intern at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, working hands-on within the clinic, wound center, and operating room. Other summer work experiences include working with children on the autistic spectrum. Following graduation, Alex hopes to pursue a medical career involving Pediatrics.

Fatima SackoFatima Sacko ’17 is a junior majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in African American Studies and two GEC’s in Public Health and Queer Studies. Fatima is extremely passionate about issues effecting women of color and low income populations as well as the distribution of public health services across the United States and developing world.  Fatima aspires to become a social worker is studying abroad across Europe studying the political, economic and social systems that effect women, ethnic minority populations, LGBTQ communities and other disadvantaged groups within European society.

Hannah TolanHannah Tolan ’17 is a Psychology and History double major from New York, New York. She has volunteered in the Lewiston community for the past two years. She volunteered in the classroom at Geiger Elementary her first year and for her sophomore year, had an education internship through Bates working at Hillview. On campus, Hannah is an active member of the Chase Hall Committee, Bates Outing Club, Education Club, and the Public Health Initiative Club. In addition, Hannah works for the Donor Program office and in her freshman year worked as one of the Chase Hall Coordinators. For the past three summers, Hannah has worked in New York City at Columbia University as an events intern at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

Molly ChisholmMolly Chisholm ’17 is a rhetoric and economics double major from Boston, MA. At Bates, Molly is a member of the Bates Women’s Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, a staff writer for the Bates Student, and a member of the Institutional Planning Committee. During her sophomore summer, Molly worked for Shift Communications as a PR intern on their consumer team. In the winter of her junior year, she will be studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal.

2015-16 Office Assistants:

Lydia MerizonLydia Merizon ’16 of Neenah, Wisconsin is a mathematics major with a physics minor and applied mathematics concentration. This past summer Lydia interned with Credit Suisse on an Operational Control & Risk team in New York City and spent the summer prior studying abroad in New Zealand. At Bates, Lydia is a member of the rowing team as well as a math tutor and executive council member of the Sportsmen’s Club.


Tara DasTara Das ’16 is a politics and French double major who grew up in Varese, Italy. She has spent the past two summers interning with the Institute for International Education in Washington, D.C., and working with Safe Voices of Lewiston-Auburn as a community education and domestic violence shelter intern. At Bates, Tara is the president of the Dharma society, volunteers at the Adult Learning Center, and performs in many of the Bates Dance concerts. She is looking forward to working on her senior theses in collaboration with the Franco American Heritage Center and a Senegalese women’s rights NGO after having spent a semester in Dakar, Senegal.

Ashley Pollack

Ashley Pollack ’17 is an English and arts and visual cultures double major with a concentration in psychology and philosophy from Port Washington, Long Island. She is also a member of the Bates women’s cross country and track and field teams. The summer after her first year she interned in New York City at Bernardo Fashions where her time was divided between design and social media teams. This summer, she completed two graphic design courses at Parsons The New School in-between which she found time to travel to Israel on Birthright. Her summer ended with a short but intensive internship with Teen Vogue’s Advertising Department in New York City. She plans on studying abroad in Australia this coming winter.

Avery MargerumAvery Margerum ’18  is from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia.  At Bates he is pursuing interests in French and Francophone Studies and History but has yet to declare a major.  An Eagle Scout, he loves the outdoors and adventuring in the Maine wilderness.  As a member of Bates Rugby Football Club Avery enjoys working with others and challenging himself.  Prior job experience includes working as an Administrative Assistant and Archive Manager at Pension Analysis Consultants, Inc.

Lindsey LandwehrleLindsey Landwehrle ’18 is a biology major on the premed track with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in the Human Body. She is from Stowe, Vermont, and is also a member of the Bates women’s soccer team and women’s club hockey team. At Bates, Lindsey is a member of Club Med, is Green Dot certified in bystander intervention, and has graduated from the Bates Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow program. During the year, Lindsey is also a volunteer assistant soccer coach for Seacoast Soccer Club and is a monitor at the Benjamin Mays Center.

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: Monday through Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.*
  • Walk in hours at the OIE: Monday 4:00-6:00 p.m.*
  • Walk in hours at Ladd Library: Wednesday and Thursday 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