The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) strives to prepare students for the rigors, realities, and rewards of a meaningful career.
We partner with employers of all sizes, from small non-profits to multinational corporations, to match your needs to the skills and abilities of our students. Learn more about recruiting at Bates.
The Bates Student
Innovative, engaged, principled. Employers seek Bates students because they want critical, nimble thinkers with solid analytical and communication skills.
- All students are required to produce a thesis in their majors (two if they double major)
- A broad curriculum allows exploration in the arts, math and science, and social sciences
- Double majors are common, even in divergent topics such as politics and studio art
- Nearly 60 percent of Bates students participate in athletics
Locally engaged, globally focused
- About two-thirds of Bates students study abroad, one of the highest participation rates in any U.S. college or university
- The Harward Center for Community Partnerships connects Bates students to the community through service learning
- Bates fosters an environment of inclusion with groups and clubs for a wide range of student interests
- Small groups and seminars offer opportunities for teamwork and collaboration
Recruiting Policies Post jobs and internships
Bates maintains an extensive database of internships and jobs accessible to Bates students and alumni. Handshake allows employers to register and maintain their own job postings. You can also send us a job description through the link above and we will post it for you.
We encourage our students to plan strategically for internships and summer opportunities soon after they get settled at Bates. We encourage employers to pay student interns at least minimum wage. That said, we are aware of the financial realities facing non-profits and small businesses, and can talk with you about options for unpaid internships. Students may apply for Bates internship awards through our Purposeful Work Internship Program. Bates does not offer academic credit for internships, but will acknowledge the internship through a transcript notation.
Employers who are committed to providing internship opportunities for Bates students may be interested in becoming a core employer in our Purposeful Work Internship Program.
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Liberal Arts Career Network
As a member of the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), Bates can post your job to an online database that is exclusive to 70,000 students at a group of 35 selective and highly selective liberal arts colleges around the country.
On Campus Recruiting
Bates College welcomes employer visits to campus and can accommodate a number of different ways to reach out to our students. In addition to posting jobs on Handshake, our online recruiting database, many employers visit Bates for more personal interaction with students.
Information sessions offer recruiters a chance to provide formal and informal presentations about job opportunities and the culture of their company. We are happy to accommodate employers during the day or in the evening for information sessions with students.
Working with employers, the Bates Career Development Center can collect student resumes and schedule on campus interviews. We provide interview space, and are also able to help coordinate phone and/or Skype interviews.
Bates does not currently host an on campus career fair, however, we participate in the Liberal Arts Recruiting Connection (LARC).
For more information on recruiting Bates students for positions in your company, contact the Bates Career Development Center at 207-786-6232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.