Photos by Katy Laliotis '21

The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative funds a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at a prominent Walla Walla Valley organization to address some of the area’s social, economic and cultural challenges.

Community Fellows meet successful, high-level leaders in Walla Walla and receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance, and broad exposure to local organizations in addition to the one where they work. Community Fellows also learn about important issues in southeastern Washington.

Applications for 2020-21 Student Fellows are now available on Handshake.

Meet the 2018-19 Community Fellows and learn more about the projects they are worked on last year here.

Past Community Partners have included: Walla Walla Leaders Network, Helpline Walla Walla, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Walla Walla STEP Shelter, Washington Small Business Development Center, Public Health-Always Walla Walla County, United Way of Walla Walla County, Walla Walla County Department of Court Services, Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, SonBridge Community Center, The Health Center, Community Council, Ink-Out, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, and more.

Whitman’s Community Fellow program is supported in large part thanks to a grant from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Internship Endowment.

The Community Fellow Program awards selected Juniors and Seniors with funding or the year to support local community partner operations. Community partners apply to host a Fellow and determine what projects need to be done and which qualifications are best for their Fellow position. 

Each Community Partner varies in how many 'on-site'/'in the field' hours their Fellow will be working. 

Selected Community Fellows:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of the Program year
  • Work for 160 hours over the course of two semesters
  • Receive an Educational Award of $2,550.00 for their position, to be awarded monthly ($318.75/per month)
  • Attend 20 weekly meetings and professional development workshops (in addition to their project work), for a total of 20 hours over two semesters
  • Host the other Community Fellow students at their organization and present their projects 

Join us for the 2020-21 Community Fellows Fair on August 26th! This is an excellent opportunity to learn about local (Walla Walla) community partners and to get face time with recruiters. Register here.

  • Attend group presentations to learn about company culture and application processes
  • Chat one-on-one with recruiters to better assess your fit and get your individual questions answered
  • Attend for as long as you are able - build your schedule in advance to ensure that you are getting the most out of this time
  • Career coaches in the SEC are available to help you prepare your resume and questions for recruiters. Schedule an appointment via Handshake!
  • Please note: If you are in a time zone that will make attending this fair extremely difficult, please reach out to staff in the SEC directly and we can help connect you individually with organizations that interest you

Applications for the 2020-21 Community Fellow Program are now available on Handshake.