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Employment Information for First-Year Students

We are committed to offering all students, regardless of their student aid package, the opportunity to be involved in the Bowdoin community through a job on campus, earn money to pay for books and personal expenses, and build a base for future employment.


The First-Year Job Placement Program (FYJPP) for 2016-2017 is now OPEN.

The priority deadline is July 1, 2016.  The final deadline is Sunday, July 24th at 11:59pm.

Please complete the FYJPP Survey to enroll.

Class of 2020 Student Employment Letter to Students and Families


Three Choices for Acquiring a Job On Campus
You have three choices for acquiring a job on campus: Each avenue is equally successful.

If you choose to apply for job openings posted online, active job listings can be found on our website. Jobs are posted as they become available. Jobs posted online are open to any Bowdoin student. As such, jobs are often competitive, so it is best to apply early and often. You should sign up for “Job Mail,” an email notification system which notifies students when new positions are created on our website. You can also follow us on Twitter @BowdoinSEO to receive job listing updates.

General overview of employment at Bowdoin: All students at Bowdoin may work on campus regardless of their financial aid status (up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during breaks). Jobs are not guaranteed, but we currently have enough jobs on campus for all students who apply. Over 70% of students at Bowdoin choose to work.

The largest employers are Dining Services, the Libraries, Admissions, and Information Technology. Many first-year students work in Dining, as that’s the department with the most job openings. Students are free to change jobs throughout their time at Bowdoin. Students may also have more that one job at a time. Students work in every department on campus: from the Investments Office to Bio labs to the Coastal Studies Center to the Art Department. There are all kinds of great opportunities to be found.


To be eligible to work on campus, you must complete the Federal I-9 and Maine state and Federal W-4s with an authorized representative on campus, after you have received a job offer. This can be done during the move-in day before Orientation or at our office Monday – Friday during normal business hours. Complete details on how to complete the paperwork and the identification documents you will need to bring from home can be found here.

Q: I applied for a position through the FYJPP, but I've changed my mind after the placements were made. Can I remove my application now?

A: You may not decline your placement, unless there are special circumstances. When you submitted your application, you agreed to the terms of the program, which requires you to remain in your position for at least one semester for at least one shift a week. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, we will review your appeal.

Q: I was placed in a FYJPP position, but I also found a job on the Student Employment website that I like. I'd like to apply for consideration. Can I take a second job on campus?

A: Yes, you can. However, you should think about how many hours per week you want to work. Most first-year students work 6-8 hours per week. You may work less or more (but not more than twenty total hours per week during the academic year). If you commit to at least one shift per week in your FYJPP position, you may then have time to work a second job. Remember: you must keep your FYJPP position for at least one shift for the fall semester.

Q: I did not receive a placement through the FYJPP. What is the best way to find a position on campus?

A: Jobs are posted on a rolling basis. You can keep up-to-date with new online job listings by signing up for Job Mail. Networking with on-campus employers is also an excellent way to land a position. We strongly encourage you to contact the department(s) at which you want to work and let the supervisor know that you are very interested in landing a position within that office. Job openings on campus are often competitive, so if you've taken the time to connect in person or over the phone, there's a good chance the supervisor will remember your name when there is an opening.

Q: I have a "campus job" or "Federal Work Study" as part of my Bowdoin Student Aid award. Am I guaranteed a job? What does that mean exactly?

A: Students are responsible for acquiring a job and allocating their wages as needed. If you were not placed into a position through the FYJPP and you want a job on campus, you would need to apply for a job through conventional means via our website's job listings. (More on this above.) We don't require you to have a job on campus, and we do not check up on students to evaluate their earnings. Some families decide to use outside scholarships or some other financial resource (e.g. a gift from a relative) to replace the student's summer or academic year earnings expectation. Some students decide to work off campus or to work really hard over the summer to earn enough to cover academic year expenses. However, on-campus employment is the most convenient and most reliable resource students have to earn during their time at Bowdoin. If you do have Federal Work Study listed on your aid award letter, more information can be found here.

Q: Now that I have a job on campus, how do I get paid?

A: Students who do work on campus receive bi-weekly paychecks (distributed to the student's mailbox or via electronic direct deposit). The "Campus Job" or "Federal Work-Study Job" line item described on your aid award letter is your academic year earnings expectation. It's not awarded as a grant. Students must earn their wages through a job.

Q: How much can students earn?

A: Student pay grades can be found here. The average hours worked on campus is about 8-10 hours per week. First-year students tend to work a little bit less than the average.


Student Financial Aid and Campus Jobs
All students at Bowdoin can work on campus, regardless of their financial aid status. Students who have a campus job as part of their financial aid package are encouraged, but not required, to work on campus.
International Student Employment Information
International students are eligible to work on campus and may apply for the FYJPP or for jobs via our website. International students should promptly contact us at to learn more about their eligibility to work, required documents, obtaining a U.S. Social Security card, etc.
If you have questions about the working on campus, please contact us at the Office of Student Employment.
Phone: (207) 725-3144 
Fax: (207) 725-3864

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