Academic and Career Support Programs | College Catalog

Career Services and Internships

The office of career services is committed to helping students achieve their education and career aspirations. Whether seeking employment or graduate school upon graduation, the office assists students as they find their professional pathways, beginning in the freshman year and continuing throughout their four year experience and beyond.

  • As freshmen, students develop a greater sense of who they are, what they want and how they can achieve success through a degree from Bridgewater College. Individual counseling and assessment tools are available to help in choosing a major that is right for them and for teaching them how to use the resources for beginning career exploration.
  • As sophomores, students start to explore interests relative to future occupations. The office of career services has abundant resources through consultation with knowledgeable career services staff and on its website.
  • As juniors, students work toward building relevant experiential learning opportunities to complement classroom theory and practice. The office of career services coordinates the College’s internship program and can help students find meaningful internships that will have significance for their major and career choices. Completing an internship is strongly recommended. During the junior year, it is also important to develop skills in leadership, community awareness, citizenship, teamwork and critical thinking. The office of career services can help identify collegiate activities that will provide avenues for demonstrated competencies in these areas. Students should start practicing résumé and cover letter development and interviewing skills, as well as researching graduate school programs, testing requirements and employers in their areas of interest.
  • As seniors, students are completing what they need to graduate and be ready for the next step, whether in graduate school or the workforce. The office of career services helps the student every step of the way through informative materials and programming, such as workshops on job searching, interviewing, résumé writing, identifying internships and preparing for graduate school; events for networking, such as professional etiquette dinners, receptions and Career Exploration Day; interaction with employers through career fairs, recruiter visits and employer programs; and preparation for graduate school entrance exams. The office of career services is available to work with each student on an individual basis to ensure that he or she feels confident and ready for the next step after Bridgewater.

Career services information can be found on MyBC or at bridgewater.edu/careerservices and provides a comprehensive overview of the wealth of resources used in assisting students as they explore, prepare for and attain their career goals and dreams.

The Alexander Mack Library

The Alexander Mack Library enables every student to be successful in their learning and research beyond the classroom. Library programs focus on teaching students effective ways to find and use information ethically and legally, and to learn how information is created and organized. Librarians offer individual research assistance, general orientations and customized instruction sessions. Students have access to online class and subject guides and video how-to tutorials. They can ask for guidance at the research assistance desk in the library or schedule an individual appointment with a librarian. Help is also available online through the Mack Library’s website FAQ, by email or texting.

Academic Support, Tutoring and Disability Services

The Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center, located in the Bicknell House, promotes learning skills and personal development through academic counseling, academic advising, tutoring services, Academic Coach program, learning workshops, disability services and a transition program for selected new students. Tutors and academic coaches are peers, recommended by the faculty, paid and available upon request. Through individual sessions and workshops offered by the Center, students can enhance study habits and acquire new learning strategies, behaviors and attitudes. For further information, contact the director of academic support.

Questions regarding tutoring can be directed to the coordinator of tutoring services.

Services for Students with a Disability

Services for students with a disability are coordinated by the director of the Academic Support Center. Bridgewater College is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to enrolled students with a disability to ensure equal access to the academic program and College administered activities. Prior to receiving services, students with a disability are responsible to present required documentation to the director of academic support that meets the eligibility standards set by disability services in accordance with Section 504 and the A.D.A as amended. Such documentation should be provided to the director as early as possible upon acceptance to the College. Disability services may include accommodations, academic advising, extended time on tests, books in alternative formats, academic coaching, tutoring and other accommodations as appropriate.

Questions or concerns about disability services should be directed to:

Dr. Raymond W. Studwell
Director of the Academic Support Center and Disability Services and Section 504 Coordinator
Bicknell House
540-828-5370
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The Writing Center

The Writing Center is a tutorial facility designed to improve student writing at all levels, freshman through senior, in classes across the curriculum. Trained student consultants are available afternoons and evenings to help writers plan and organize, revise and proofread, improve their grammar or document their research. Student writers are encouraged to seek help voluntarily, or faculty members may refer students to the Writing Center. Students may also bring letters, résumés and applications to the Writing Center.

Writing Center facilities are used for writing classes and special workshops as well.