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At Whitman, the Career and Community Engagement Center connects students to experiences that will help cultivate their future.

We oversee Handshake, the online job posting board used by current students and young alumni, along with Internship and Consulting Programs that work specifically with public offices, non-profits, and some for-profits. Our office also handles employer engagement through recruitment sessions and job/internship fairs. 

Whitties find meaningful work in different ways. On-campus employment options include Work Study, research, and opportunities through CCEC programs like the Whitman Student Consulting Corps. Off-campus employment include traditional internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities that are posted to Handshake. Internship Programs that the CCEC coordinates that include off-campus involvement are the Whitman Internship Grant, a competitive grant that funds eligible unpaid opportunities, and the Community Fellow Program, a year-long community-facing fellowship created by organizations that are open to second, third, and fourth year Whitman students to apply for. 

How to Hire a Whittie

Handshake is our online job and internship platform for recruiting current students and young alumni for jobs, internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities. To post an opportunity, your organization will need to create a profile and connect with Whitman College. 

Create a Handshake Profile

Creating a profile will automatically register you to receive information about job and internship fairs timelines. We work to make relevant opportunities available to our students and alumni that fit a certain criteria based on region and industry. This means that all accounts created may not be approved if there is no indentifiable characteristic related to majors offered at Whitman or there is a lack of clarity of the organization's mission. 

Here are some help articles from Handshake to help with any questions:

If you're a local non-profit with a substantive, months-long project that you'd like a Whittie to undertake (and you have the time to supervise the student), check out the Community Fellow Program, where 10-12 Walla Walla Valley organizations apply to host a Whitman sophomore, junior or senior for an academic year to address social, cultural, or economic challenges. 

Available to 501 Commons non-profits of the Walla Walla Valley Region, the Whitman Student Consulting Corps provides high-level, broad-based management consulting free of charge. Organizations interested in applying to be a part of the program can contact Shelly Rasmussen, Community Consulting Specialist, who oversees the WSCC at studentconsulting@whitman.edu. 

For non-profit organizations, public offices, and some for-profit businesses that might not be able to offer paid internships, the Whitman Internship Grant is a competitive grant that funds unpaid internships for students who submit strong applications, provided the opportunity meets certain educational criteria. Whitman Internship Grants are available for the academic year, fall or spring semesters and the summer.  The grant can fund a maximum of two Whitman interns per organization in a given time frame. If you would like to host a Whitman Internship Grant recipient, post your internship opening to Handshake.

Please note: We encourage organizations who are looking to host a Whtiman Internship Grant recipient to post their openings for summer internships as early as January so that students can apply to the first deadline (if their grant proposal is rejected, a student can revise their applications and submit to the second and final deadline.) This document contains suggestions for information that an internship posting could include. Here is a reference sheet for employers with more details about the Whitman Internship Grant. 

Washington State will reimburse employers for the wages paid to student employees who are residents of Washington State. Nearly 1,000 employers gain access to cost-effective, part-time help from motivated students eager to utilize their classroom learning in real world situations. As a WA State Work Study employer, you can receive reimbursement for up to 70% of wages paid to eligible students. 

If you're looking to fill positions in your organization, hiring a Washington resident Whitman student eligible for Work Study reimbursement is a win-win for you and the student! 

The best way to notify Whitman students of your current openings is to submit a posting to Handshake. Be sure to check the box next to "Is this a Work Study position?" as this will ensure only Work Study students will see your position when it is posted. 

Create a Handshake profile

If you have any questions about enrolling in the State Work Study Program or accessing State Work Study funds from Whitman, the Financial Aid Office would love to work with you and address those questions. You can reach them at finaid@whitman.edu. 

If you've already hired a Whitman students and want to confirm their eligibility for Work Study funding or get the ball rolling on getting reimbursed for wages that you're paying to them, please email Karri Mickelson at mickelka@whitman.edu or call 509-527-5178.

Our office handles logistics on setting up recruitment/information sessions for interested employers. If your organization is interested in visiting Whitman campus physcially or you would like to learn about creating virtual information sessions through Handshake, you can contact our office at ccec_info@whitman.edu or by calling 509-527-5183. 

Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus and requires all visitors to show proof of vaccination prior to arriving on campus. To read more about Whitman Campus COVID protocol, see the dashboard

Resources

Questions? Contact the Career and Community Engagement Center

Reid Campus Center 219
280 Boyer Ave. Walla Walla, WA 99362
8 AM - 5 PM
509-527-5183