Academic Year and Fall Semester Whitman Internship Grant Recipients
Intern at Kooskooskie Commons
I am from the Bay Area, California. At Whitman I am a captain on the Varsity Swim Team, a member of the sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and I also work as a lifeguard at the Harvey Pool. I like to spend time with friends, explore Walla Walla, eat good food, and pet cute animals! As an intern, I am most excited about having the opportunity to do field work so that I can do science in the outdoors! I am working on water quality data submissions to the Department of Ecology and continuing to collect monthly data. A fun fact about myself is that I've ridden an ostrich in South Africa!
Intern at the CTUIR Wet Lab at Walla Walla Community College
I'm from Eugene Oregon. I have always loved biology and learning about the natural world and I spend a fair amount of time outdoors hiking or drawing from nature. I especially love ugly plants and animals. As an intern I am looking forward to learning more about the critters we are taking care of and studying--Pacific Lamprey and Mussels-- as welll as the maintenance of tanks and measuring and counting specimens (gathering data). A fun fact about me is that I worked in a conservation corps between high school and college, so I'm trained to use a chainsaw :)
Intern with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
I grew up in Northern California, where I spent a lot of my time surfing, gardening, and poking around in tide pools. These hobbies guided me into the academic disciplines of biology and environmental studies, and I have become especially interested in symbiosis and coastal ecology. At Whitman, I spend as much time as I can rock climbing, drawing, and playing guitar. I am really excited to work with CTUIR to learn about the possibilities and complications of Pacific lamprey restoration in the Walla Walla River Watershed. Though my internship, I hope to glean an awareness of the ecological and cultural role of Pacific lamprey restoration efforts in our area. I am currently taking on a project that involves redesigning and constructing an aquaculture system inside the aquatic propagation laboratory that I have been working in. This spring, we will be able to grow millions of freshwater mussel larvae inside this aquaculture system! One of my favorite parts of this internship is after working in the CTUIR Aquatic Lab, I bike along Mill Creek from Walla Walla Community College toward Whitman's campus. At a few spots along the way, I stop biking and pull up my pant-legs to trudge into the water. On most days, I find tadpoles, small fish, and crawdads!
Archival Research Intern at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
I'm from Denver, CO and grew up hiking and adventuring in the mountains! I still love the outdoors and have fully settled into my true inner grandma baking and crafting every day. I'm a member of Kappa Alpha Theta here at Whitman which is one of my greatest passions. I also work at the Health Center, the COWS, and I'm a writing fellow for religion classes! In what spare time I have, I love to volunteer around Walla Walla. As an intern this year, I'm most excited to learn about the cultural history and conflict in Walla Walla! I'm currently researching the history of disease as colonialism in Walla Walla in terms of the arrival of the measles in conjunction with the Whitman Massacre. A fun fact about myself is that I have never (not once!) eaten meat!
Intern at the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network
I am from Conifer, Colorado. At Whitman, I am also the student intern for the Buddy Program (which pairs students and community members with disabilities in social activity) and I volunteer with Special Olympics. I enjoy playing tennis and hiking. As an intern this year, I am most excited to become more engaged in the Walla Walla community and to learn as much as possible about the resources available to people with disabilities. I am currently writing a grant for the development of a disability awareness program in elementary schools. A fun fact about myself is that I always keep an apple caramel lollipop in my backpack.
Intern at Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
I grew up in New Paltz, New York, a beautiful town in upstate. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, hanging out with friends, and reading. I've loved exploring the Pacific Northwest through my classes and trips with friends! As an intern this year, I am most excited about working with kids in local school gardens, as well as creating activities to be used at Food Focus Events and in
the after school garden club. A fun fact about my self is that my favorite food is kiwi!
Intern at the YWCA Walla Walla
I grew up an hour and a half north of Seattle, in Anacortes, Washington. Outside of academics I am very engaged on the Whitman campus; I am a Senior Admission Intern, the President of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a member of several clubs including Women of Color Voices, Mixed Race Club, First Generation/Working Class Club, and Asian Pacific Islander Club. I love sushi, sailing, ballet, and dogs. As an intern this year, I am most excited about the opportunity to engage with the greater Walla Walla community and create positive change. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I am currently working on an awareness march around downtown Walla Walla. The stories of individuals who were killed as a result of domestic violence in Washington State are being placed around downtown along with pairs of shoes, to demonstrate the impact of domestic violence and how it affects us all. A fun fact about myself is that my favorite animal is a pig!
Intern at the Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, International
I'm from Austin, Texas and enjoy running, climbing, and reading. In my free time I also enjoy being outside and cooking! As an intern this year I am looking forward to gaining a more comprehensive understanding of how to build an ecosystem-based enterprise and learn why that is important. Right now I am preparing and managing a textile collection and forwarding materials to galleries, buyers, and artists. A fun fact about myself is that I like weird socks!
Intern at the Walla Walla Symphony
I grew up in Ohio, and I played a lot of baseball and music during high school. As an intern this year, I'm excited to help improve the local outreach of the Walla Walla Symphony and make the organization a more inclusive space for all community members. Currently, I am serving as the Guest Conductor and Percussion Coach of the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra. I am also working with the Symphony to create a program designed to improve the organization's inclusivity and make the organization a safe space for everyone.
Intern at The Health Center (at Walla Walla High School)
I am from Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle. I am a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and love being apart of Greek life at Whitman. In my free time I love to swim, cook, and hang out with my friends. As an intern this year, I am excited to get to work with people who are so dedicated to helping people in the Walla Walla community. The Health Center aims to provide health services to students at various Walla Walla Public Schools and getting to work at the Wa-Hi clinic has really shown me their dedication to supporting students here in Walla Walla. My specific goal of my position this year is student engagement. I am currently working with Wa-Hi to give classroom presentations on the different services offered by The Health Center here to create better awareness of our existence and what we do. A fun fact about myself is that I worked for the largest dumpling house chain in the world last summer.
Intern with OpenROV
I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. When I'm at home I love to surf! At Whitman you can find me in the CS lab or watching a movie. This year I am excited to intern for OpenROV as I love their product! Currently I am working on making a server to run on the Trident underwater drone. A fun fact about myself is that I living in an adorable three person house that I get locked out frequently!