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

We oversee on-campus recruitment, job/internship search assistance, fellowships and grants, and community engagement. We also serve as an educational resource for students, offering networking opportunities, and career services education. We are eager to build relationships with employers and connect you to Whitman students.

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. 

Whitman College’s Values 

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Whitman College’s values. We are committed to creating spaces for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of all backgrounds and experiences. The CCEC, as part of Whitman College, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Organizations that wish to recruit on our campus must also be committed to inclusion, diversity, anti-racism and nondiscrimination. 

Recruitment Support

The CCEC is happy to support organizations as they reach out to Whitman students about opportunities. We can support you through facilitating on-campus recruitment events, answering inquiries about Whitman College, posting information about events on campus and through weekly emails, and connecting you with the campus through Handshake. 

While we are eager to support organizations, we do not provide outreach services for job/internship postings. After posting a position to Handshake and receiving approval, we highly encourage you to reach out to academic departments and or student organizations at Whitman College who may be interested.

How to Recruit on Campus

1. Create a Handshake Profile and Post Your Opportunities

Handshake is Whitman’s preferred platform for jobs, internships and opportunities. It is the best way to get your position in front of students. Creating a profile will automatically register you to receive information about job and internship fairs timelines. 

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

2. Reach out to the CCEC at recruit@whitman.edu. Tell us about your organization, when you would like to visit Whitman College (date/time of program), and any other information we should know. We will help you set up a space on campus for your event. 

3. Prepare for your trip to Walla Walla, Washington! Walla Walla has many wonderful places to stay overnight if you are visiting for a recruitment event on our campus. Please check Visit Walla Walla to learn more about lodging in our beautiful community.

1. Create a Handshake Profile and Post Your Opportunity

Handshake is Whitman’s preferred platform for jobs, internships and opportunities. It is the best way to get your position in front of students. Creating a profile will automatically register you to receive information about job and internship fairs timelines. 

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

2. Create and Post Your Event

After you have created your profile and been approved at Whitman College, you can set up your virtual event and send it to Whitman College. You can learn more about creating an event HERE.

3. Email Madi Welch, Communications Fellow (welchmr@whitman.edu), to add the event to the weekly email from the CCEC to students.

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 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.

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 Whitman 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.

Whitman College hosts two main job fairs per academic year. The first is our Fall Fair in September and the second is our Summer in the Pacific Northwest Fair in early spring. To stay informed about upcoming fairs, please be sure all information is up to date in Handshake as we will be emailing partnered organizations about these dates.

Resources

Questions? Contact the CCEC

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