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: Mariam Josyula (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: Katherine Faulkner and Anna Gouveia (Co-presidents).

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: Ronan Goulden (Chief) and Sophie Love-Webb (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.

+Job Shadow Opportunities
The Purposeful Work 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 during the Fall semester. Shadows take place anytime between December and May.

There are also local Bates Medical Studies job shadow opportunities available to Bates undergraduate students. See the “Local and Alumni Connections” dropdown menu below for more information.

+Summer Opportunities
The following is a list of summer enrichment opportunities, organized by state, for students from underrepresented populations, disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or who identify as BIPOC. 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.

A separate list of programs is available for international students searching for similar opportunities in science and healthcare without citizenship requirements.

Finally, the following is a list of opportunities 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

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

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
  • 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 (please remain patient during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as availability may fluctuate), you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the 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.
  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, COVID, Flu, negative PPD results within the past 12 months, and a TB test, all filed with Bates Health Services. Participants will also need titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Varicella, all of which can be obtained through Bates Health Services. Please contact Kathy Morin ( from Bates Health Services for assistance, and to obtain your immunization and titers records, which you will then forward to James Smith (
  4. Provide proof of a background check if shadowing.
  5. Meet with met with Karen Daigler, Director of Graduate and Professional School Advising, or Bruno F. Salazar-Perea, M.D., Medical Studies Chair, Lecturer in Biology & Faculty Fellow for Medical Studies, to learn more about the program and to discuss your plans.
  6. Sign a CMMC handbook and patient confidentiality forms, view an orientation presentation, and wear your Bates school ID badge while visiting CMMC.

For questions about this program please contact Karen Daigler at