Gain Experience: Summer & Academic Year

+Ideas for Pre-Health Students COVID-19

+Student Groups

Student organizations and clubs are available to all students at Bates College. If you’re interested in a group, visit their booth at the Activities Fair in the fall, look for posters announcing their meetings, or check the listings in the Bates Today, the daily electronic campus newsletter. Feel free to attend an organization’s meetings; they’re always looking for members.

The Bates College Health Sciences Society (Club Med) is for anyone interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant, and any other field within the health sciences. Club Med plans meetings, lectures, book readings, and alumni presentations. Contact: Jillian Serrano (President).

The Bates Public Health Initiative (PHI) provides students with an opportunity to engage in public health outreach both on the Bates campus and in the surrounding area. PHI offers opportunities to volunteer at a local free clinic, engage in public health awareness campaigns, and invites guest speakers to campus. Contact: Jake O’Hara (President)

Bates Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a Maine licensed EMS service that provides emergency care to the Bates College community. All members are volunteers that have completed the Emergency Medical Technician course. An entirely student run service, Bates EMT’s volunteer their time to be on call and are ready to respond to any campus emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when school is in session. Contact: Phoebe Hyland (Chief) and Enton Lam (Deputy Chief)

+Purposeful Work Internship Program

There are multiple funded summer opportunities available to Bates students, including the Purposeful Work Internship Program. Through paid internships specifically designated for Bates students and through positions independently secured by students, participants in the Purposeful Work Internship Program will test their passions, build their skills, develop their networks, reflect on their learnings, and connect their experiences on and off campus.

+Summer Opportunities

The following is a list of summer enrichment programs for underrepresented minority students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These programs provide a supportive environment in which to enhance your preparation for a career in medicine, dental medicine, research, and other health-related fields.

In addition, here is a list of programs that do not target a specific population of students. Many institutions and organizations offer summer programs that incorporate clinical or research experiences, and many of these programs provide generous stipends to participants. You may wish to include these programs in your search.

+Summer Research Opportunities with Bates Faculty

Join a faculty research team or design your own project. Conduct research at Bates or another institution. Contribute new knowledge and develop as a scholar. Get started on your thesis. Summer Research Grants and Fellowships.

+Harward Center for Community Partnerships

+Local and Alumni Connections

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, these opportunities are not available for the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back for updated information regarding the 2021 Winter/Spring semester.

Each year we reach out and compile a list of Healthcare Professionals (including alumni) who offer to provide insight and advice to Bates students.

Please pay close attention to the healthcare provider’s contact information and instructions, communicate professionally, and if job shadowing or interning, dress in business casual attire.

If you need guidance, or if you take part in a job shadow or internship, please reach out to James Smith at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at or 207-786-6467.

+CMMC Family Practice Residency Program

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, these opportunities are not available for the Fall 2020 semester (with the exception of didactic lectures). Please check back for updated information regarding the 2021 Winter/Spring semester.

Bates College has partnered with the CMMC Family Practice Residency Program to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare. There are three distinct options depending on your class year and level of experience:

  • Attend virtual didactic lectures (More information will be communicated via Healthwork during the Fall 2020 semester.)
  • Shadow at the Family Practice Residency’s Family Medicine Clinic
  • Shadow interns and residents on CMMC’s Family Medicine Inpatient Floor

In order to participate in the shadowing portion of the program, you will need to do the following:

  1. Fill out this Registration Form.
  2. Complete HIPAA training.
    HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. In order to work with patients at CMMC you are required to be HIPAA certified. You can accomplish this through Bates’ association with CITI Programs, which provides on-line training/certification for various purposes. Bates provides this free of charge. Instructions follow.
  3. What type of immunizations do I need to provide proof of?
    If you would like to participate in shadowing at the Family Practice Residency’s Family Medicine Clinic or CMMC’s Family Medicine Inpatient Floor you will need to provide proof of the following immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, negative PPD results within the past 12 months and Flu Vaccine. Please contact Maggie Leonard from Health Services at to have your immunization information sent to you, which you can then forward to James Smith at
  4. Provide proof of a background check if shadowing.

For questions about this program please contact Karen Daigler at

+Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program

The Job Shadow Program involves a partnership between the Bates Center for Purposeful Work and Bates alumni and parents, as well as local employers from a diverse range of industries and locations. Students from all four class years may apply to these job shadows. Job shadows take place anytime between December and May.