Internships offer students an opportunity to integrate their liberal arts education with experience in the professional world. As demand from students has increased in recent years, numerous Whitman donors have responded generously with gifts to support internships. In 2007, the College was able to provide stipends for fewer than 30 students who had designed internships to supplement their studies with hands-on job experience. This summer, with increased support through the campaign, almost 100 students took part in the program, completing projects with agencies such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Columbia Land Trust, and the local Helpline, and learning more about how their educations in the liberal arts might apply to future careers in areas from research to software development to public relations.
A grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2008 helped Whitman launch a large-scale effort to globalize our liberal arts curriculum. Faculty from all disciplines have worked together to infuse global themes into their classes, develop new interdisciplinary courses, and organize programs. A campus-wide symposium with visiting experts and significant student participation has become a popular and effective annual program. Faced with the end of the Mellon grant this year, alumni, parents, and friends came forward with current fund support and endowment gifts that will help sustain and expand this important program. With support from the campaign, faculty and students look forward to future symposia addressing topics of immediate relevancy around the globe.
A gift from Trustee Megan Clubb '79 and her husband, Marty Clubb, has ensured that the Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment - started in 2006 to bring middle school students from the Walla Walla area onto the Whitman campus for a taste of college life - will continue for years to come. Megan and Marty are the owners of L'Ecole No 41, one of the oldest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley, established by Megan's parents, the late Jean and Baker Ferguson '39. The Clubbs are making an impact on the Walla Walla community and the College that has meant so much to their family by dedicating the proceeds from a L'Ecole special issue red blend, L'Erudite ("The Scholar"), to fund and endow this special program. Their campaign gift will help provide local middle school students with the inspiration and resources to pursue higher education and current Whitman students with the opportunity to serve as their mentors on the Whitman campus.