About the BCDC
How can we assist you in your career development process?
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.
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.
Get to Know the BCDC
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:
- Visit About the BCDC on our website to learn more about us
- 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
- Become familiar with the BCDC’s Four-Year Timeline to get a sense of what we recommend to Bates students
- Read the BCDC Annual Report 2014-2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sheila Anderson, Assistant Director – Operations and Analysis
Sheila oversees Handshake and all subscription recruiting databases and manages the BCDC website. 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
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, Recruiting & Events Assistant
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.
2016-17 Career Development Fellows:
Molly Chisholm ’17 is an Economics and Rhetoric double major with a concentration in popular culture from Boston, MA. She spent her junior winter semester abroad in Lisbon, Portugal studying the Portuguese language and taking classes focused on cultural phenomenons in Europe. At Bates, Molly is one of the captains of the Women’s Cross Country team and a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. This past summer, she interned at Arnold Worldwide, an advertising agency in Boston, MA as a member of the brand planning team.
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 Purposeful 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.
Alyssa Alexander ’18 is a Politics major and double minor in History and Spanish from Millstone, New Jersey. She is a member of the Bates Varsity Field Hockey team, a Teaching Assistant for Political Statistics, assistant field hockey coach for a local club team, and loves to tutor Lewiston students in her spare time. Alyssa was a Purposeful Work Intern at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to low-income Mainers. She had such an amazing experience that she is now the campus coordinator for the VLP in order to get more students involved with the organization and assists attorneys with Protection from Abuse Hearings in the Lewiston District Court, a service provided by the VLP’s Domestic Violence Panel. As a recipient of a Barlow Grant, Alyssa is excited to travel to Spain this spring and use the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating socio-religious history of Seville, and how the past continues to impact the area’s politics and policies today.
Morgan Leeson ’18 is an English major with concentrations in Color: Sight and Perception and Identity, Race, and Ethnicity from Salem, Virginia. At Bates, she works as an Admissions tour guide, as well as a Peer Writing Assistant for First Year Seminars. Morgan is a founder and co-president of the Bates Feminist Collective, an intersectional feminist group working to educate and empower women and gender non-conforming individuals. The summer after her sophomore year, she received the Ruggles Scholarship for pre-thesis research, which sent her to London, England for an internship at the Charles Dickens Museum. In the winter of her junior year, she intends to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Fatima 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 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.
Mark Upton ’17 is a Politics major and Rhetoric minor from Winthrop, Massachusetts. Mark studied in Washington, DC during the winter of his junior year where he interned at the Bipartisan Policy Center and studied US foreign policy. At Bates, he is Captain of the Varsity Football team, a member of the club ice hockey team, and is a subcommittee member of the Prevention. Action. Response. Team (PART), a cross-campus group aimed at preventing sexual assault on campus. Mark was a Purposeful Work Intern at Sachem Strategies, a political consulting firm for small-to-medium sized defense and renewable energy companies and his duties primarily included analyzing federal defense policy.
2016-17 Office Assistants:
Emma Jarczyk ’17 is a double major in chemistry and philosophy with a concentration in applied mathematical methods from Boston, MA. At Bates, she is a captain of the Bates swimming and diving team, a member of the student support network, and an organic chemistry tutor. This past summer, she participated in a purposeful work internship at Ora Pharmaceuticals in Andover, MA as a clinical research and development intern. At Ora, she designed two in-office pilot studies, ran subjects through, and statistically analyzed the data. She is interested in doing chemical/medical research post-graduation.
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 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 Landwehrle ’18 is an English major on the premed track with concentrations in the Human Body and Chemistry. 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, and has graduated from the Bates Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow program. Lindsey was an intern at Center Street Dental in Lewiston, Maine during the spring of 2016 and spent this past summer as an intern for the Smith Institute of Urology and doing cancer research for the Feinstein Institute of Research in Long Island, New York.
Clio Barr ’19 is from Hallowell, Maine. At Bates, she is exploring interests in Politics, Philosophy, and Anthropology but has not yet declared a major. She enjoys Intramural Soccer and Bates Outing Club trips to Sunday River. Clio spent this past summer as a Public Relations and Promotions Intern at Rinck Advertising in Auburn, Maine. This fall, she will also work as a Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant. Clio plans to study abroad in Ireland during her junior year.
Madeline Moberg ’19 is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a math major and education minor, while also exploring physics and psychology, taking full advantage of the Bates liberal arts experience. In addition, Madeline is a member of the Bates swimming and diving team, and enjoys exploring Maine during her free time. This past summer, she spent her time teaching swim lessons and working in a local deli. Madeline is planning to pursue engineering and spend the next summer abroad hopefully starting that process.
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 Schedule for Fall Semester 2016|
|Monday||1-3:30pm (BCDC) *||4-6pm (OIE) *|
|Tuesday||1-3:30pm (BCDC) *|
|Wednesday||1-3:30pm (BCDC) *||7-9pm (Ladd/ARC) *|
|Thursday||1-3:30pm (BCDC) *||7-9pm (Ladd/ARC) *|
|Friday||1-3:30pm (BCDC) *|
Where to Find Us
207-786-6232 | Fax: 207-786-6126 | email@example.com