What is the Community Fellow Program?

The Community Fellow (CF) Program allows public or nonprofit organizations of the Walla Walla Valley region to apply for the opportunity to create an unpaid, part-time fellowship addressing some of the area’s social, economic and cultural challenges that third- and fourth-year Whitman students apply for to become a ‘Community Fellow’ of that organization. 

Community Fellows are paid by Whitman College and meet successful, high-level leaders of nonprofit or public Walla Walla Valley organizations to receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance, and the opportunity to collaborate broadly addressing important issues in southeastern Washington from environmental stresses to social equity. 

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

We are now building our 2021-22 Community Partner cohort! Request an application using the button below. Application deadline is July 23rd, 2021.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are paid by Whitman College and expected to work 6-10 hours per week. Fellowships created by organizations must be for an academic year (late September 2021-May 2022) and allow the fellow to work on community facing projects that address social, economic, or cultural challenges. Fellowships created for consideration must be open to all students and not be discriminative based on race, color, religion, gender, sexuality, national origin, disability, or age. Whitman College does not sign internship affiliation agreements for this program.

Organization Eligibility

To be approved for the program, organizations must be public agencies or nonprofit organizations (preference given to 501(c) nonprofits) and must be based in the Walla Walla Valley region. No religious congregations, partisan-affiliated organizations, or for-profit organizations are eligible for this program. Organizations that have been funded for the last two consecutive years (2019-20 and 2020-21) are not eligible for this application cycle.

Requirements for Selected Organizations

Organizations selected to be a Community Fellow Partner (CF Partner) must have a representative available to attend:

  1. a meeting on Friday, August 13th at 10 AM to learn additional information about the program and final instructions about writing fellowship descriptions
  2.  a Fellows Fair information session to promote in these fellowships to interested students on Thursday, September 2nd at 4 PM
  3. an official Fellows Launch event for CF Partners and their Student Fellows on Tuesday, September 21st at 4 PM to kick off the program

CF partners will interview applicants and then select their top three choices for Community Fellows. The Student Engagement Center will not participate in the initial interview and selection process but presides over final placement of the fellow.

We are now building our 2021-22 Community Partner cohort! Request an application using the button below. Application deadline is July 23rd, 2021.