Student Life


Internships Far Afield: Spotlight on London, Ghana and Ecuador

Many students this summer are working or interning in countries around the world. We profile three who are working in London, Ghana, and Ecuador.

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Osborn Ng’imor ’18 Builds a Library in Kenya

Osborn Ng’imor’s goal is to stock the shelves—which he constructed—with 800 books by the end of the summer. By mid-July, he had about 500.

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2016 Gibbons Fellows Use Technology to Solve Complex Problems

This summer, 11 students are using and adapting technology to explore interdisciplinary areas and foster “fresh approaches to the study of complex problems.” They are collaborating with professors in a range of disciplines, from political science to art and neuroscience, to further faculty research. Their work is funded by the Gibbons Summer Research Program, which was established by John A. Gibbons, Jr. ’64 to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and work.


Green Summers: Case Studies of Environmental Internships

Each summer, many Bowdoin students pursue internships or jobs in the environmental field. Some of them are supported by college grants, both from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office and the Environmental Studies program. Below are stories of three students with College fellowships who are contributing in some way to the environment.

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Animal Rescue Internship Gets Alexa Horwitz ’19 Closer to Goal

Alexa Horwitz ’19 said she’s known since she was a child that she wants to dedicate her life to helping animals and reducing the 4 million or so pets euthanized each year. One day she dreams of running her own animal advocacy and rescue nonprofit.


Summer Jobs: Two Students Study, Protect Beavers and Whales

In about a week, Dana Bloch ’17 will depart for Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, to work for a whale research and conservation organization based there. Satya Kent ’19 has already begun working for a program that is relocating beavers in order to conserve water for lowland regions beset with drought.


Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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Examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

Professor Meardon encourages students to think critically about the pros and cons of the TPP, a far-reaching trade agreement involving 12 countries from Asia, South America and North America.


Orientation Trip Leaders Begin Training for the Class of 2020

This year, the leadership training for new pre-orientation leaders was offered right after classes ended, rather than in August, as it has been in years past.

Bowdoin Seniors Install Public Art on The Commons Bridge

The project, by Mariah Reading ’16, Rachel Brooke ’16, and Molly Ryder ’15, originated in an art class, Public Art, taught in the fall of 2014 by John Bisbee.

Slideshow: Snapshots from Commencement 2016

The big day was captured by photographer Michele Stapleton, from beginning to end.

Bowdoin Celebrates Baccalaureate 2016

Bowdoin College held its 2016 Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, May 27, in the Sidney J. Watson Arena, marking the official close of the academic year and celebrating the College’s 211th Commencement, to be held Saturday, May 28.

Two Bowdoin Seniors Commissioned as Marine Corps Officers

In front of the Bowdoin Chapel on Friday morning, two graduating seniors were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. James “Gibson” Hartley ’16 and Brendan Lawler ’16 took the oath of office from Lawler’s father.


A Big Welcome Home to the Victorious Men’s Tennis Team

A crowd gathered in front of Moulton Union yesterday afternoon to welcome back the men’s tennis team after they clinched the NCAA Division III Championship. It was a first for the team, which won 5-0 over Middlebury College in the title match at Kalamazoo College.


Seniors Pledge to Take Daily Ocean Plunge

Since May 1, Audrey Phillips ’16 and Sophie Janes ’16 have been jumping into the ocean every day. They’ve been joined by a few regulars, such as Peter Powers ’16.

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Ben York ’19 is Helping to Change the Way We Think about Autism

Ben York ’19 who is autistic, gives a voice—profoundly hilarious and insightful one, at that—to those who are unable to articulate what it means to have autism.

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Bowdoin Students Win National Fellowships For Global Work

Many seniors have won prestigious national awards to study or teach around the world next year.


Five Students Span the Globe to Work in Education, Energy, Finance, Public Health, Education

Five Bowdoin seniors have been placed by Princeton University-affiliated programs in Asia, Africa or Latin America to work in the fields of finance, energy, public health, education and sustainability.

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Watch Online: Bowdoin to Honor Class of 2016 at 211th Commencement May 28

Bowdoin will hold its 211th Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, and confer bachelor of arts degrees on the Class of 2016.


A Cappella Groups Perform in First Parish Church

The end-of-year concert by the five student a cappella groups took place at the First Parish Church, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street, on May 13. The Longfellows, Miscellania, Ursus Verses, Boka, and Meddiebempsters all performed two songs each.