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.
Katie Stewart '15
Dr. Heidi Dobson
I have spent this summer honing my bee catching and dissecting skills under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Dobson. More specifically, I am studying the daily and seasonal pollen feeding habits of female alfalfa leafcutter bees, as these bees are essential to the successful pollination of the local alfalfa crop. Through this research internship, I have had the opportunity to experience both field-based and laboratory research environments as well as gain a greater understanding of the integral role bees play in our agricultural system.
I am teaching middle-school youth to garden and cook, helping them to engage with nature and take control of their health. This internship has shown me healthy food is a right, not a privilege, and that it can act as a gateway toward stronger bodies, brighter minds, and happier hearts.
This summer I am interning at Generator, a new makerspace in Burlington that focuses on the intersection of art and technology. The space provides community members with access to 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, design software, traditional woodworking, and metal fabrication tools. I work with artists, mechanical engineers, jewelers, computer programmers, musicians, and business owners to learn and use these incredible tools. I also often find myself hanging art shows, painting gallery walls, designing graphics, and doing the less glamorous jobs that I find just as educational.
Ashley Hansack '15
I've worked on a number of different projects focused on land stewardship, mobility and recreation, and economic development with TRUST South LA this summer. With the goal of building political and economic power of residents living in the most marginalized regions in Los Angeles, my main role is to organize local residents and demand healthy and affordable living spaces in our neighborhood through policy work.
Cameo Hlebasko '16
I am working as the Administrative Assistant Intern at Protoparadigm, a 3D Printing company here in Walla Walla. My main responsibilities include conducting market research, scheduling industry events for future attendence, filing invoices and statements, accounting and bookkeeping, corresponding with vendors and customers, and improving corporate management strategies.
Josephine Adamski '16
For Capps Broadcasting Group I am working on promotion and sales for the 107.7 The Vine radio station. I am also covering and reporting on events around Walla Walla for the Group. This all includes copywriting, photography, and demographic analytics. The largest problem I am facing now is how to reach a broader audience with web content.
For the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation I am working on multiple projects that include designing a new website, Walla Walla outreach and marketing (I'm working on a booklet for this currently), a design and development committee for downtown upper story living, and developing a round table between all of the colleges and the Foundation. I am utilizing my professional skills and adaptive skills since the job requires a multitude of skills. The current problems I am addressing is making the gems of Walla Walla better known to the community and people surrounding.
Zoey Watts '17
This summer I am working in the Research Lab at the Boise VAMC studying the effects of NSAIDs on basophil-derived IL-4 production. At the beginning of the summer I also did a project to determine the erythromycin-resistant gene present in a strain of group A strep. I have learned a lot, not only about microbiology and immunology, but also what it would be like to have a career as a researcher.
Samuel Curtis '16
The Mitochondria and Metabolism Center (MMC), a division of the University of Washington School of Medicine, investigates mitochondrial function and cellular metabolism in multiple model organisms. I have been working with mice with a genetic mutation that increases their ability to utilize fatty acids for energy. I examine the effect of this mutation by running them on treadmills, and then perform various serum and tissue assays. This has been an incredible opportunity to practice many of the lab techniques we learn on campus.
Charlotte Mugisha '16
I'm working in the Investment Promotions department in the Rwanda Development Board which does customer service work. it advertises for the company as well to attract investors in the organization. Personally I'm working for the After Care section in the Investment Implementation program. In After Care, I follow up with big investors by sending a weekly email, text message and even calling. This week I'll also start doing site visits to the different organizations that are investing a lot of money in Rwanda through creating businesses for the Rwandan people. I'm so excited about this and look forward to it.
Jack Swain '16
This summer I am realizing my lifelong dream of working in a professional recording studio! I am involved with recording and producing albums as well as live sound engineering at local venue Main Street Studios. I hope to continue pursuing a career in music - I am definitely off to a good start!
Hannah Frankel '15
In my internship with the Juneau branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), I am teaching a class for those who have loved ones living with a mental illness, as well as working on administrative tasks. I am gaining valuable skills in working with people who are living with a mental illness, as well as learning about running a nonprofit.
Mary Christensen '15
I have been having a great time interning with the Young People's Section of the Walla Walla Public Library. Each day is a little different but I consistently get to plan and execute a bilingual story time, which has been a great way to continue practicing Spanish after study abroad in Ecuador. It has been inspiring to learn how libraries can facilitate a love of reading to serve the community as a whole. Not to mention I get to surround myself with Lyle the Crocodile, Goodnight Moon, Frog and Toad and other childhood favorites!