For Employers: Recruiting at Bates

The Bates Center for Purposeful Work 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.

COVID-19 PIVOT How Alumni and Parents Can Help

COVID-19 PIVOT
Never before has the Bates network been more crucial to our students.


What is the Summer 2020 COVID-19 Pivot?
The Bates Center for Purposeful Work is hoping to mitigate the challenging employment and internship
prospects for students in Summer 2020 by:
● Working with employers to devise creative ways to host Bates virtual interns
● Maximizing the number of meaningful opportunities by activating the Bates network
● Including graduating seniors in our cohort, recognizing the unique challenges they face

What Can You Do to Help?
● Provide a Bates student with a full internship, a significant project, or a series of projects
● Offer virtual professional experiences that vary in scope and range from 75 to 300+ hours
● Help Bates students gain experiences and skills, and contribute value to the organization

What Can Purposeful Work Do to Support You?
● Consult with you to design an internship or project based on the tasks you’d like accomplished
● Post your opportunity on our Handshake platform and help recruit a student for you
● Pay your intern when needed, based on proposed hours

What are Possible Virtual Internship Formats?
75 hrs/Market Research: 35 hours per week for 2 weeks
● Collect data on consumers, competitors, and marketplace for new product
150 hrs/Human Resources: 15 hours per week for 10 weeks
● Build onboarding packages for different departments, assist with virtual orientation events
225 hrs/Immigration Law Services: 30 hours per week for 8 weeks
● Fill out immigration forms for clients and translate during client meetings
300+ hrs/Program Development: 35 hours per week for 10 weeks
● Plan and implement an online curriculum for school-age children

What are the Expected Benefits of the COVID-19 Pivot?
Students gain: Industry knowledge and skills, professional experience and mentorship, and the opportunity to explore and reflect on how their interests, strengths, and values align with the work they accomplish
Employers gain: A meaningful connection with a Bates student, projects completed, and the satisfaction of helping a Bates student gain valuable Purposeful Work experience

If you are interested in discussing a remote internship opportunity, please contact Purposefulwork@bates.edu, and a member of the Purposeful Work team will reach back out you. 

Recruit Bates students and graduates

Post your open positions to Handshake — this is the platform utilized by current students as well as recent graduates to identify internship and job opportunities, so it is critical for employers to post here. If you are a Bates alum or parent, be sure to let us know because we can code Handshake postings as Bobcat connections. Additionally, alumni can post directly to a closed LinkedIn group for Bates Alumni and Friends.

Hire Bates interns

Post your internships to Handshake — this is the platform utilized by current students as well as recent graduates to identify internship and job opportunities, so it is critical for employers to post here. If you are a Bates alum or parent, be sure to let us know because we can code Handshake postings as Bobcat connections. Additionally, alumni can post directly to a  closed LinkedIn group for Bates Alumni and Friends.

Learn more about the Bates Purposeful Work internship program to raise the visibility of your opportunity among our students, foster and support professional development opportunities for your interns and managers, and support their internship experience with your organization. Bates alumni and parents are especially urged to explore this program and reach out to us with your opportunities! If you are interested in becoming a core employer, email Beverly Vari with the Employer Engagement team at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at bvari@bates.edu.

Visit Bates for recruiting

We host employers for on-campus info sessions, interviews, and other events. If you are interested in visiting campus, email Hoi Ning Ngai with the Employer Engagement team at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at hngai@bates.edu. She will be in touch with you within 2-3 business days to discuss options for connecting with students on campus.

Leverage our career fairs and consortia recruiting

Bates does not host any on-campus career fairs. However, we belong to a number of consortia that can help you reach Bates students, as well as students at other selective liberal arts colleges, including:

SLAC logoSelective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC) is a series of recruiting events, including two career fair/recruiting days in Washington, DC and New York City in January, as well as video interview days in September and February.

To post jobs or internships, employers are requested to utilize the Handshake platform.

If you would like to explore strategies for reaching Bates students with your opportunities, email Hoi Ning Ngai with the Employer Engagement team at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at hngai@bates.edu.

We ask all employers who recruit at Bates, including through Handshake, to review and abide by our recruiting policies, including guidelines regarding unpaid internships.

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