Through the Purposeful Work Internship Program, you will strengthen your application, set goals, and reflect on your learning through the required steps outlined here.  For complete information, including instructions, dates, and applications, please visit Purposeful Work Internship Program in Handshake.

Friday, January 19, 2018, OR March 2, 2018

Complete three simple requirements to become eligible for the program by 1/19/18.

  1. Complete SkillScan Express
  2. Log into Handshake, and update “Your Career Interests”.
  3. Drop by the BCDC to get feedback on your resume and cover letter

Plan ahead! While we urge you to meet the above deadlines, if you miss it, the final eligibility deadline for the 2018 program is Apri l 2, 2018.

Apply for paid internships with core employers. Many, although not all, applications for 2018 PW core employers are due through Handshake in January.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Apply for funding for unpaid or low paying internships outside of the core employer network by the March 11 deadline.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Apply for funding for unpaid or low paying internships outside of the core employer network by the final April 8 deadline.

April – May 2018

In the spring, Purposeful Work interns will attend a spring workshop (in person or online), create learning goals, and submit a pre-internship survey.

June – August 2018

Throughout the summer, PW interns will reflect on their experiences by posting weekly comments in an online forum and submitting mid-internship and post-internship surveys. Students who received PW funding will write brief thank you notes to program donors.

Fall 2018

PW interns will celebrate their learning with the Bates community by participating in a poster session.



Rebeccah Bassell ’16

Internship Site: Quill Grammar (PW core employer)
Location: Brooklyn, NY

“At Quill, our goal is to make interactive activities that teach kids from kindergarten to high school about the conventions of grammar and writing.”


Joaquin Espinosa ’16

Internship Site: 1776 (PW core employer)
Location: Washington, D.C.

“All of the startups 1776 helps have as a goal to challenge and help people in one way or another. I love how creative and inspirational some of these ideas were.”


Fatima Sacko ’17

Internship Site: Girl Be Heard
Location: New York, NY

“Girl Be Heard uses themes of social justice, education and the performing arts to empower young women to not only share their stories and let their voices be heard but also to find peace in their lives.”

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