College Coaches Intern

Date: 01/25/2011 Office/Department: Community Service
Starting Wage: Minimum Supervisor: Community Service Coordinator
Openings: No Department Head: Assistant Dean of Student Engagement

Job Description

The College Coaches Intern is responsible for all aspects of the College Coaches Program.

Duties include:

  • Recruit Whitman volunteers to be College Coaches and high school students to participate
  • Match College Coaches and high school students
  • Plan and conduct volunteer training in partnership with GEAR UP and Walla Walla Public Schools administration
  • Maintain the College Coaches calendar, listerv, and website
  • Deliver student reminders during the last period of the school day and facilitate coach/student meetings after school
  • Develop and revise curriculum as necessary to meet needs of students involved
  • Hold periodic coach meetings at Whitman College, addressing relevant discussion topics
  • Work with Assistant Director of Student Engagement to schedule a local volunteer project during Walla Walla public school’s spring break
  • Ensure appropriate administrators, GEAR UP program partners, teachers, and facility managers have knowledge of and competence to refer students to the program
  • Work in partnership with Whitman College Intercultural Center’s WISE Program to:

o       Promote College Coaches at WISE events

o       Actively recruit WISE participants for College Coaches

o       Use WISE Program Feedback to adjust curriculum to student needs

  • Plan, promote, and hold a closing ceremony for College Coaches and high school students
  • Conduct program evaluations and generate documentation to improve the program
  • Keep lines of communication open between the Community Service Office, volunteers, and community partners
  • Assist other members of the Community Service Staff with community service events throughout the year


Work study eligibility preferred but not required. At least one semester as a College Coach and/or an interest in strengthening the program.  In addition, the position requires an enthusiastic, flexible, and self-directed individual with good organization, communication, and decision-making skills. Average hours: 10 per week (5 min, 40 max)



Please do the following  steps before noon on Friday, March 30th, 2012:

1. Compose a cover letter answering the following questions:
          1. What interests you most about the possibility of working for the Community Service office?
          2. Please describe your strengths, skills, and the experiences that you think would enhance your performance as a Community Service Intern.
2. Attach your resume to the e-mail (as a PDF attachment).

3. Send your e-mail to the Community Service Coordinator at