Applications are available for 2020-21 Fall Semester and Year-long Whitman Internship Grant. Final deadline is Sunday, September 27th, 2020. 

Overview

The Whitman Internship Grant provides funding for students who submit strong applications to participate in unpaid internship experiences at both for-profit and non-profit organizations. 

Legal Criteria for Unpaid Internships

Please ensure that any unpaid opportunity passes the Fair Labor Standards Act test for an internship before proceeding. 

For Employers/Organizations

Handshake logoIf you would like to host a Whitman Internship Grant recipient, post your internship opening to Handshake, an online job board used by Whitman students. This document contains suggestions for information that an internship posting might include.

Please note that a student must secure their internship with you before applying for the grant. We encourage organizations to post their openings for summer internships as early as January so that students can apply to the first dealine (if their grant proposal is rejected, a student can revise their application and submit to the second and final deadline). Finally, a note that there is generally a limit of two Whitman Internship Grant interns per organization at one time (during a given semester or summer). You are welcome to host as many Whitman interns as you like, but the Grant can only fund a maximum of two students. 

Linda King Brewer Internship Endowment

The Linda King Brewer Internship Endowment provides grant support for unpaid internships relating to students' studies or future career plans.  The Student Engagement Center chooses recipients for this endowment as a part of the Whitman Internship Grant program.

First Generation Internship & Career Endowment 

The First Generation Internship and Career Opportunity Endowment provides funding for first-generation students entering into their junior or senior year to partake in summer internships-with a preference for internships relating to finance, investment management or law. This endowment also may include funding for additional expenses for travel, housing, and business attire. The Student Engagement Center chooses recipients for this endowment as a part of the Whitman Internship Grant program. 

First years, sophomores, and juniors (and seniors who will complete courses in December) can apply for the Summer Internship Grant, which provides $3000 for students to participate in unpaid summer internship experiences that last the majority of the summer.  Students are expected to contribute significantly to the organization and must have secured the internship prior to applying for funding. Additional funding is available for students of high financial need and Pell-eligible students.

This is a competitive program; each application will be reviewed primarily on the merit of the internship and the value of the experience in the context of the student’s academic or career goals.

The 2020 Whitman Summer Internship Grant applications are closed. 

Note: In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Whitman College is working to address the many ways students access programming and learning through our campus and our community. Therefore, in the college’s best efforts to keep our students and community members safe (please see Whitman’s new Social Distancing and Wellness resource page here) any college sponsored activities and programmings moving forward must be aligned with public health/social distancing best practices. 

As we work to align the Whitman Internship Grant with the college's policies, we are asking that applicants submit an addendum to the application addressing the following question:Can this internship be carried out with all appropriate public health and social distancing practices required? Please explain. (200 words max.)

For questions, clarification, or alternative applications, contact Mitzy Rodriguez at rodrigmy@whitman.edu. 

Through a competitive process, we can award stipends of $5000 for internships outside of the US. Students applying for an international grant must be available March 12th and/or 13th for interviews. Additional funding is available for students of high financial need and Pell-eligible students. 

This program targets older students with demonstrated experience or existing relationships with organizations or individuals outside of the United States.

Whitman students' safety and security are of foremost importance, and the application process is designed to minimize foreseeable risks associated with the internship.

In addition, consistent with this focus on students' safety and security, the internships will be more likely to be successful if the organizations, businesses or government agencies chosen:

  1. Are established and financially secure and have websites that instill confidence in the reader, AND
  2. Have a connection to Whitman (via a member of Governing Board, staff, or faculty, or alumni or parent)

Applicants must be in good academic and conduct standing before they can be approved. Any international student interested in finding out about the WIG and how to apply, please email Greg Lecki (Associate Director of the Intercultural Center for International Student Support Services) at leckige@whitman.edu.

The 2020 Summer Whitman Internship Grant is closed.

For an alternative application, contact Mitzy Rodriguez at rodrigmy@whitman.edu. 

The Whitman Internship Grant can provide funding for students to participate in unpaid internship experiences at for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations in Walla Walla during the Fall and Spring semesters. This year, fall semester funding is $940.00 and year long is $1,880.00. 

Any international student interested in finding out about the WIG and how to apply, please email Greg Lecki (Associate Director of the Intercultural Center for International Student Support Services) at leckige@whitman.edu.

In order to apply, you must secure an unpaid internship first. Browse this listing of WIG eligible internships on Handshake

The FINAL deadline for the 2020-21 Fall & Year-long Whitman Internship Grant Application is Sunday, September 27, 2020. 

Applications are available here.

Please note: you will need to download the instructional packet. The online Google Form Whitman Internship Grant Application is linked in the document under "Application Process" section. You will have the chance to upload completed and signed 'Supervisor Information' documents within the Google Form. Please make the arrangements with your supervisor to discuss and sign the documents. Contact the SEC Career Coaches for additional information if necessary. 

If you are an international student interested in applying (re: not a domestic U.S. student), click here

Please read through the informational packets carefully. If you have any questions regarding the application, to request an alternative application or internship eligibility contact the SEC at sec_info@whitman.edu or contact your Student Career Advisors to make an appointment.