Welcome, New Bates Students!

Greetings from the Student Employment Office!

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

If you are an International Student, SEO will send you instructions on setting up your Sprintax profile. It is best to do this upon receiving the email, but can be done at any time.


Handshake access for incoming students will be granted the summer before your freshman year by mid-August.

Once you receive an email from the Center for Purposeful Work, you will be able to sign in to Handshake using your Bates email credentials.

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.