Welcome, New Bates Students!

Greetings from the Student Employment Office!

If you are considering applying for on-campus employment at Bates, you must complete the Bates Work Authorization (BWA) process. This is the employee onboarding process and is required of all employees of Bates College. One aspect of the BWA process is the completion of Federal Form I-9. Federal Form I-9 establishes your eligibility to work in the United States. Please review the list of acceptable documents necessary for completing Form I-9. Please make sure to bring original documents. These documents cannot be copies, pictures, or scans & cannot be expired per Department of Homeland Security regulations. You may start working or attend training or meetings once you are work authorized.

  • Handshake access for incoming students will be granted in August, the summer before your freshman year 
  • You will be able to sign in to Handshake using your Bates email credentials 
  • Wait until you receive an email from the Center for Purposeful Work before trying to log in

We are here to serve you, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us!  We can be reached at seo@bates.edu or 207-786-6303.