Whitman College embraces internships as a valued addition to a liberal arts education. Students who participate in internships:
- Explore their interests
- Apply academic and theoretic work from their classes in organizations, businesses and government offices
- Develop professional skills
- Learn from professionals in the career field of their choice
- Have a chance to "test drive a career"
This summer, 120 Whitman students were awarded grants to help them have extraordinary internship experiences. Learn about some of them below.
For more about Whitman's internship programs, please visit www.whitman.edu/student-life/student-engagement-center/internships-and-jobs.
Anastasia Greeley '15
I'm currently living in Valparaíso and working in PUCV's biochemistry laboratory, testing gastric cancer cell lines and saponins extracted from the native Chilean tree, the Quillay, to develop alternative treatments to cancer. By analyzing the death rates of cancerous and normal cells treated with saponins as well as the genes being expressed at the time of death, I hope to be able to prove that saponins selectively kill cancerous cells, most of which can be done using techniques taught within Whitman's own laboratory courses!
Wesley Sparagon '15
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, also known as Bd, is a worldwide fungal pathogen that has been linked with devastating amphibian population declines across the globe. The joint Vredenburg-Zink lab at San Francisco State University focuses on Bd and its relationship to a wide variety of California amphibians. As part of this lab, I am working with two species of salamanders (the adorable Batrachoseps luciae and equally adorable Aneides lugubris) to study the effects of Bd infection on their health and to determine if their symbiotic skin bacteria have Bd-inhibitory properties which may help the salamanders to better cope with the fungal parasite.
Emily Klein '16
This summer I have been working on clinical research trials in Pediatric Nephrology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. I have gone through numerous patient charts and abstracted the necessary information regarding kidney function for a longitudinal Transplant Surveillance Biopsy Study, created forms for that same study to be used by nurses during biopsies and therefore streamline the entry of data into a master database, and met with a handful of representatives from drug companies for trials involving the administration of medication to pediatric renal patients. I am enjoying working in a hospital, interacting with doctors and nurses on a daily basis, and learning about the various aspects of pediatric kidney disease.
Haley Case '17
The Multnomah County Health Department serves the citizens of Multnomah County with the mission to work in partnership with the communites to assure, promote and protect the health of the people of Multnomah County. As an intern with the Quality Team I support projects that aim to improve the quality of the integrated clinical services provided by the health department. My work includes ensuring the CPR certification of clinical employees, improving efficiency within the clinics, mapping healthcare delivery processes and protocols, and creating health education materials.
Kyle Donald '16
This summer, I am working with an organization called RAPtivism. I am interning for Aisha Fukushima, head of RAPtivism and a 2009 graduate of Whitman College. Aisha Fukushima obtained a Watson Fellowship to travel the world and collaborate with international Hip-Hop artists to help create social awareness and social justice on a more global scale. Her RAPtivism project took her to connecting with Hip-Hop artists and activists from France, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark, Capetown, and beyond. She also interviewed these artists and activists, and that's where I come in. I am working on creating short documentary type clips of these interviews that she will then send out through social media to let their voices be heard. The interviews focus on their opinions and ways in which to create social awareness and social justice within their own community and how Hip-Hop has the ability to achieve that goal. I also help Aisha (as she is a singer/emcee) manage her schedule and her promotion for upcoming shows, workshops, and performances, occasionally helping out at the events themselves.
Drew Edmonds '17
I started out this summer in the GEAR UP administrative offices helping to recruit targeted incoming 9th graders for a three week summer challenge camp. When the camp started I joined the GEAR UP team on site to assist with attendance and support teachers in the classroom. I am also working on compiling parent engagement and college preparation resources.
Harrison Wills '16
I have spent the past two months working in collaboration with Liberty Tree Foundation, Global Climate Convergence and the United Federation of Tribes. At Liberty Tree Foundation I am conducting public policy research in the following areas: community sovereignty, participatory democracy, environmental policy and electoral reforms including publicly financed elections, instant runoff voting and proportional representation. With the Global Climate Convergence, I helped with community outreach to promote what’s expected to be the largest climate justice demonstration in history, which is taking place in NYC this upcoming September 19th-21st of 2014. My work with the Federation of United Tribes has involved advocacy and community outreach to support the unification of all Native American Tribes and to promote the recognition and protection of Native American Treaty Rights, which will help to protect their ancestral lands and environmental sustainability for future generations. The Federation of United Tribes is working in solidarity with other related indigenous movements such as the Idle No More movement. In summary, my primary focus this summer has been to build bridges of dialogue, solidarity, cooperation and collaboration between these various organizations, since they all work to protect the environment, address climate change and promote human rights.
Marlena Sloss '16
As a photography intern at the Juneau Empire, Juneau, Alaska's local newspaper, I am developing my photojournalism skills by working closely with experienced photographers and reporters. I am out in the community daily documenting news and daily life, covering interviews and events of all kinds, searching to find my own stories, and overall developing my eye for making powerful images. The ever-changing nature of the job keeps it exciting, and also pushes me to be prepared for the unknown. I am really enjoying seeing my photos in print daily, as well as producing online slideshows and videos. Recently I took a float plane trip to Pack Creek on Admiralty Island near Juneau, AK, to photograph and film brown bears; opportunities like these are definitely a highlight!
Grant Rommel '15
This summer I am in Walla Walla working at the Fort Walla Walla Museum! I've been researching historical artifacts and helping to design new exhibits for the museum, including exhibits on World War I and II, hats, Walla Walla County Centennial Farms, and toys. I also help catalog new artifacts and scan images into the computer database. This internship is allowing me to gain experience working in a museum setting, an opportunity that not many people get to have as an undergrad.
Faith Nyakundi '17
I started off working with Akili Dada’s Resource Mobilization Consultant Shea Morrisey, owing to my interest in resource mobilization in the non-profit sector. In this position, I got a chance to work with Shea mostly in communications. This includes work she needed with blogging, the annual report, and social media. I am continuing to learn from her great writing – communicating the Akili Dada story effectively - and organization. Akili Dada values communication as it is a strong way to share progress with supporters of the program. I have been assisting my supervisor with blog entries on different stories, contributing to social media, and the annual report. Akili Dada is also planning a concert to fundraise and bring together supporters, as well another event with a partner organization based in Kenya. I will be part of this strategizing conversation, which gives me a chance to learn and share my thoughts. While interning with Akili Dada I have also enjoyed exposure working with volunteering for a partner organization called IDEX where I assisted with organizing their first IDEX Academy on social entrepreneurship. This is similar to the Akili Dada leadership academies only that this brought together participants who are already established in their fields, and was mainly focused on social entrepreneurship. After the event we did an evaluation based on the participants’ pre-survey and final evaluation responses. This opportunity helped me to build on my event planning, and evaluation. I also got a chance to become member of the Present Purpose Network, a network of women that funds innovative grassroots projects created and run by women who live in the community the serve, both globally and locally. All this is within the Akili Dada’s network, and I am quickly learning to take advantage of the networks within my reach.
Hannah Snyder '17
I'm currently working with the head of the Stern Stroke Center at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Most of my work relates to research looking into the reasons stroke patients with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation are given or not given anticoagulation. Most of my time is spent delving into stroke patient medical records and extracting relevant information for the study. I also have the exciting opportunity to spend my mornings shadowing the stroke team on their bedside rounds. This gives me a chance to see the direct care aspect of being a hospital physician and interact with real patients. It's particularly interesting when I see a patient on rounds who has the same condition as I'm studying. Sometimes I even have new relevant information to share with the stroke team.
Anya Tudisco '16
Jazz at Lincoln Center is one of the world’s largest non-profit arts organizations, and it has been a blast working with some of the world’s leading musicians and educators. As an intern in the Education and Brand/Audience Development departments, I have designed marketing plans for upcoming albums, helped facilitate on-site programs like WeBop (jazz classes for toddlers!) and the Band Director’s Academy. Being at JALC gives me an inside look at arts administration and has provided invaluable exposure to the vibrant jazz scene in New York City. Feeling like part of the family here at the House of Swing!