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Who Will Help the Country? Serving the Common Good Through Public Service Archives

The Bowdoin Public Service Initiative, a new program launched last year, offers students from all academic backgrounds opportunities to engage in public service and the government. Made up of three parts—a seminar series and immersion trip for sophomores, a funded fellowship program for juniors, and an on-campus program for the broader Bowdoin community—the Initiative aims to inspire students to consider pursuing what can be fascinating and purposeful work in service to the country.

To get a sense of how the Initiative works, we followed the inaugural group of ten sophomores and their two senior leaders last March when they hit the streets of DC. In just a few days, they met with nearly forty speakers of all ages, backgrounds, and political perspectives. These alumni and others, who work in all three branches of government, shared their knowledge, advice, and stories of their own pathways to help inspire students to envision what their own story might be.

Read the story, check out photos, and watch a few videos here.

One thought on “Who Will Help the Country? Serving the Common Good Through Public Service

  1. George R Pess

    I am so excited to see this initiative from Bowdoin. I have been in public service for the majority of my professional career as a fisheries biologist. It is so important to the future of our country to get qualified people who are committed to making the world a better place. Public service happens nationwide, there are many of us not in DC still contributing and if we can get involved in this effort please let us know.


    George Pess

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