Twelve Student Interns Learn on the Job at WEX with Rapkin ’88

A dozen Bowdoin students are taking advantage of an opportunity Career Planning fostered with WEX, a global leader in corporate payments solutions that strives to simplify the complexities of payments systems across continents and industries including vehicle fleet, travel, and healthcare.

(L. to r.) Duncan Cannon ’18, international finance intern; Molly Foley ’19 legal compliance intern; John Dana ’19, sales operations intern; Hilary Rapkin ‘88; Luis Paniagua ’16, Treasury Department intern; Jordan Castonguay ’18, strategy and innovation intern; Ian Dieli ’18, application development Intern; Adrian Van der Eb ’19, marketing intern; Andrew Walter-McNeill ’19, software engineer intern; Justin Weathers ’18, product release intern; Joseph Staudt ’19, corporate communications intern; Simone Laverdiere ’19, acquisitions and new business development intern; Ian Squiers ’19, marketing analytics intern.

The twelve students are part of an ambitious plan by WEX to hire interns from Maine colleges and universities. Hilary Rapkin ’88, senior vice president and general counsel at WEX, participated in a presentation Career Planning had coordinated on campus this past year.

The twelve students are working at the company’s South Portland, Maine, headquarters this summer in roles in a wide range of fields including acquisitions, application development, finance, legal compliance, marketing, product release, sales, and software engineering.

Bowdoin Student Among Those ‘Stepping up to Volunteer’ (Portland Press Herald)

Zach Hebert ’18 at Fairwinds Farm.

Rising senior Zachary Hebert ’18 is mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the rise in volunteerism across Maine this summer. Hebert is currently volunteering at Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham as part of a summer internship with the Merrymeeting Food Council. Hebert is the recipient of a Denning Summer Fellowship through the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

According to the article, nonprofits are noticing “an increase in volunteerism as Mainers become more concerned about the threats to the state’s treasured areas from factors like climate change and pollution.” One of the most popular volunteer activities is trash-collection. The Maine Island Trail Association said it already had waiting lists for its beach cleanups by early June.

Bowdoin and the Environment: Students Experience Iceland in the Making

Earth and Oceanographic Science professor Collin Roesler offers a glimpse of what she, three other Bowdoin faculty, and 20 Bowdoin students experienced on a recent scientific trip to Iceland.

“Iceland is an ideal location to study the causal relationships and the interactions between tectonics, volcanism, glaciation, ecology, and oceanography,” said Roesler, who led the trip. “Rather than being a show-and-tell tour, this field seminar is designed to foster collaboration, active learning, and discovery for students and staff,” she added.

Videographer Wilder Nicholson ’16 joined the students and Earth and Oceanographic Science Department faculty on their trip, capturing the group’s field research in some spectacular settings.

Stay tuned for more video and stories from Nicholson and writer/illustrator Abby McBride, who also traveled with the group.

Bowdoin Japan Trip ‘An Unforgettable Learning Experience’

A group of seven students and three faculty recently returned from a twelve-day field trip to Japan, described by one student as an “unforgettable learning experience,” and by another as “a journey of a lifetime.”

Read more in Bowdoin News.