Meet the BCDC Team

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 Engagement 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

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.

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.

Sheila AndersonSheila 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 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.

James H. Smith ’14, Career Development Program Specialist
Telephone: 207-786-6467

James assists in the administrative, data, and organizational tasks associated with the medical studies advising program and provides organizational and administrative support to the Bates Career Development Center internship and experiential programs. James maintains various records, databases, and network files. In addition, James helps coordinate the Career Discovery in Practice (“CDIP”) program and the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair. In 2014, he obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College and has a background in corporate Recruiting, and higher education Human Resources.

Karen OuelletteKaren Ouellette, Recruiting & Events Assistant
E-mail: kouellet@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.


2016-17 Career Development Fellows:

Allen Kendunga ’18 is majoring in Politics with a focus on political economy. She is passionate about sustainable economic development. She chairs the Committee Selections Board which interviews and appoints students to serve on over twenty committees. She also served on the President’s Advisory Committee representing students’ interests for two years. Through the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Allen has been involved with different community-based projects as a Bonner leader. Allen is very interested in global justice issues, which in summer 2016 earned her the Stangle Fellowship to conduct research about the workings of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague. She also was awarded the Barlow fellowship to travel to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile to study comparative human rights issues in the three countries. She enjoys working with young adults to help them explore and launch their careers. Allen hopes to pursue her MBA after Bates.

Avery Margerum ’18 is from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.  As a French and European Studies double major with a History minor, he spent Winter Semester 2017 in Rennes, France, where he studied French history and literature and taught English at a local middle school. Past teaching experience includes a summer fellowship in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and fieldwork in Lewiston, Maine.  An Eagle Scout, he loves the outdoors and hiking and backpacking in the Maine wilderness, and has led AESOP trips for two years. He is also a member of Bates Rugby Football Club, Avery enjoys the dynamic energy of the challenging sport.

Alyssa Alexander

Alyssa Alexander ’18 is a Politics major, double minor in History and Spanish, and Dana Scholar from Millstone, New Jersey. She spent her junior winter semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain, using a Barlow Grant to explore the religious and cultural history of Spain’s immigration policies. On campus, she is a member of the Bates Varsity Field Hockey team, promotes various Purposeful Work initiatives, coaches a local club field hockey team, served as a Teaching Assistant for the class Political Statistics, and spends time exploring Maine. Alyssa has had the opportunity to complete two Purposeful Work internships. Before her junior year, she interned at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to low-income Mainers. This past summer, she worked for Fusemachines, a tech consulting and sales startup in New York. After graduating, she aspires to find opportunities as diverse and inspiring as the ones she has received at Bates.

Sarah Sachs ’18, from Tacoma, Washington, is an Environmental Studies major with concentrations in Religious Studies and Water Systems. At Bates, she is a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team, an EcoRep for the Bates Office of Sustainability, and a crew member for Village Club Series (VCS). She spent her junior fall semester abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she studied the unique geology and environmental history of the country. This past summer, Sarah worked with the Sierra Club in Seattle. As an intern for the Beyond Coal campaign, she assisted with the Sierra Club’s groundbreaking efforts to create an equitable transition to clean energy in the Pacific Northwest through a variety of grassroots and legal strategies.

Morgan Leeson

Morgan Leeson ’18 is a senior from Salem, Virginia, majoring in English with concentrations in Identity, Race, and Ethnicity and Color: Sight and Perception. She studied abroad her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, completing coursework in early modern literature. At Bates, she works as a Senior Fellow for Admissions, and has served 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 non-binary folk. Outside of Bates, she has completed grant work for a local preservation foundation, as well as a curatorial internship at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

Amelia Wilhelm ’18 is a Chemistry major and Asian Studies minor from Charlotte, North Carolina. Apart from being a Career Development Fellow at the BCDC, she is a member of the Bates Women’s Rowing Team. A member of Residential Life staff, she is a Residence Coordinator in Hopkins House. She’s involved in many educational resources on campus, serving as a Student Manager for STEM content tutoring in the Academic Resource Commons, and she also has been a teaching assistant for both introductory and organic chemistry. Amelia spent the last summer beginning her thesis research regarding RNA degradation in Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. In the past, she’s conducted a research project on cell cancer metabolism at Cornell University and spent two wonderful summers working at a camp in northern Vermont. After graduation, she hopes to gain more research experience which would allow her to pursue a career in clinical research after attending an MD/Ph.D. program.

Reed MszarReed Mszar ’18 is a Biochemistry and Sociology major, on a Pre-Medical track from Manassas, Virginia. He studied abroad his junior fall with the DIS program in Stockholm, Sweden. At Bates, he is the current President and former Community Liaison of the Bates Public Health Initiative, a student-run club dedicated to raising public health awareness on campus and in the local community. Reed also serves on the Honorary Degree Committee and Purposeful Work Advisory Board and is a member of the Varsity Baseball team at Bates. During the summer of his junior year, Reed engaged in a clinical research internship at the National Institutes of Health studying ethnic differences in diabetes and insulin resistance. Other summer work experiences include interning at Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute as a Purposeful Work Intern and volunteering at the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. Following graduation, Reed hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health.

Clio Barr ’19 is a junior from Hallowell, Maine. She is majoring in Politics and minoring in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. The summer after her first year, Clio worked as a Public Relations and Promotions Intern at Rinck Advertising in Lewiston. This past summer, she was a Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Maine Government Intern in the City of Hallowell, performing community outreach and economic development work and learning about local government and public policy. At Bates, Clio is a member of the Democrats Club and worked as a Philosophy TA and BCDC Office Assistant last year and is excited to join the team of Career Development Fellows this year. This fall, she will also work as a Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant in the Academic Resource Commons. Clio plans to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland this winter.

Jillian Sheltra ’19 is a neuroscience major and chemistry minor with a concentration in public health. She is from Biddeford, Maine and has spent her entire life in “Vacationland”. She is an Emergency Medical Technician for Bates EMS, where she is the Membership Coordinator for the service, and in her hometown at Goodwin’s Mills Fire and Rescue. Jill’s passion for emergency medicine led her to accept a spot in the United Training Center’s Paramedic Class of 2018 while still continuing her studies at Bates. On campus, Jill is a captain of the Women’s Water Polo team and a tour guide for Admissions. Jill recently got the chance to travel to Maui, Hawaii for a job shadow through the CDIP program. This past summer, Jill worked as a Purposeful Work Intern for United Ambulance Service, where she taught CPR classes, did car seat checks and assisted in EMS education. After graduation, Jill hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

2017-18 Office Assistants:

Marisa Sittheeamorn ’18 is a Politics and Rhetoric double major with a concentration in Identity, Race, and Ethnicity. An international student from Bangkok, Thailand, she decided to expand her global education experience by studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during the fall semester of her junior year. On campus, Marisa was a diver on the Bates Swimming and Diving team, taught lessons, and conducted educational fieldwork in a 6th-grade classroom at McMahon Elementary School in Lewiston. She enjoys going to Zumba and exploring Maine with friends in her free time. This past summer, she was an intern on the Free & Equal campaign at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. She is passionate about human rights and hopes to pursue a career in which she can continue to advocate for social justice following graduation.

Madeline Moberg ’19 is a Math major and Physics minor with a Psychology and Philosophy concentration from Saint Paul, Minnesota. At Bates, Madeline is also a tutor in the Math & Statistics Workshop and competes for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. This past summer, she had an internship with the Minnesota Department of Commerce where she worked with the Enforcement Division on Market Conduct Examinations to determine whether insurance companies in the state are in compliance with Minnesota laws and regulations. She was able to develop data analysis skills and experience firsthand how statistics and math are used in the real world, while also learning valuable information about insurance. Following college, Madeline is considering a career in Engineering or Actuarial Science, but for now, she is enjoying exploring Maine as much as possible.

Sylvie Tuchman ’19 is a Psychology major and Anthropology minor from New York City, NY. She is a member of the Bates Ultimate Frisbee team and in her spare time enjoys doing volunteer work for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England with Bates SURJ (Students United for Reproductive Justice). She also plays the fiddle. Given her hopes to ultimately pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology, Sylvie spent the past summer assisting with data compilation and research for the Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in Manhattan.

Ryan Lizanecz ’20 is from Portland, Maine. He is a Politics major and Music minor with a concentration in Economics. At Bates, he divides much of his time between singing A Cappella, managing a weekly radio show, and serving on student government. This past summer, he spent his time traveling across Maine and working at a local bakery. He is currently considering a career in law post-graduation.

Luis David Molina Rueda ’20 (or LuisDa in friendly contexts) is from Cabra, Spain. Though much of a Spaniard at heart sometimes, he completed his last two years of high school at the United World College in Mostar, and international high school for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At Bates, he is exploring the Politics, Rhetoric and Theater departments but has not yet declared a major. Most of his extracurricular involvement over the past three years (including Bates) revolves around magazine and blog writing, LGBT activism through theater and arts, and travel. During the winter semester of his first year at Bates, he took a leave of absence to go on Semester at Sea as a Shelby Davis Scholar. Over the last few summers, he has written website content in Spanish for Great Content’s commercial partners and culture-related articles for Matador Network.

Nell Pearson ’20 is from Brooklyn, N.Y. While currently undeclared, her academic interests are Anthropology and History. At Bates, Nell plays saxophone in the jazz and funk bands, works as a concert assistant at the Olin Concert Hall and is a member of Bates Builds and the Food Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and skiing. This past summer, Nell completed a Purposeful Work internship at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit in Portland. She has previously interned with Earth Matter NY as well as the Brooklyn and New York Historical Societies.

Alyssa Souza ’20 is a sophomore from Scarborough, Maine. While still undecided in her major, she continues to study Psychology and Environmental Studies as well as Spanish and Education as minors. At Bates, she is on the residence life staff as a Junior Advisor and is a member of the Varsity Field Hockey team. In her spare time, Alyssa plays frisbee and lacrosse on the Bates club teams and is a part of the Bates Christian Fellowship and Sunshine Society. Alyssa volunteered with Tree Street Youth and one of Maine’s Special Olympic Basketball teams in her first year at Bates and is looking forward to more opportunities to get involved in the greater community.

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 2017
Monday 1-3pm (BCDC) * 7:30-9:30pm (OIE) *
Tuesday 1-3pm (BCDC) *
Wednesday 1-3pm (BCDC) * 7:30-9:30pm (Ladd/ARC) *
Thursday 1-3pm (BCDC) * 7:30-9:30pm  (Ladd/ARC) *
Friday 1-3pm (BCDC) *
*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