Engineering is a vast field with many subsections from computer, electrical and mechanical engineering to architectural, chemical, geotechnical and biological engineering (and many more). Whitman offers a combined plan in Engineering and Computer Science in cooperation with Caltech, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Washington. Typically the combined plans require five years of study with the first three years spent at Whitman, and the last two years spent at the engineering school, where students complete courses in computer science or one of the many branches of engineering.
Following an internship with Western Washington University, BBMB/Pre-Engineering major Yuli Buckley '19 said:
"I'm glad that I did this internship because it really helped me solidify my plans at Whitman regarding my major, and I gained friends, experience in a research lab, and networking connections... Everyone was working on a smaller part of this project, but each student's findings helped further everyone else's, and through this, I realized that I did not have to follow a strict career path to do what I love."
There are many clubs on campus that will allow you to explore your interests, stretch your skills, and make an impact in an area about which you're passionate. Contact the ASWC Club Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about current clubs or start your own.
ASWC Sound & Lights
ASWC Sound and Lights offers full-service technical production for a variety of campus events, including dances, speakers, concerts, and more.
Computer Science Club
Through meetings, workshops, hackathons, films, and other events, this club promotes coding and computer science in the Whitman community.
Physics Club (SPS) meets weekly to work on hands-on projects and discuss physics topics in a creative and inclusive manner. From electric truck building to quantum gravity!
Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)
Three appointed students make policy recommendations regarding campus technology services and work with WCTS staff.
Community involvement helps students understand a broad range of issues and is becoming increasingly important in the eyes of many employers. For more ways to connect with local organizations, contact the Student Engagement Center in Reid.
Advanced Studies Enrichment (ASE)
Twice a week Whitman tutors gather in the Hall of Science armed with snacks, textbooks, and knowledge to help Walla Walla AP students with math and science.
Habitat for Humanity
A faith-based organization that envisions a world where everyone has a place to love. Staff and volunteers pursue this vision by bringing people together nationally and internationally to build homes, communities and hope.
This organization works with government agencies, private entities, and the public to promote sustainability (ecological, equitable, and economical) in the community. One of Walla Walla 2020's areas of focus creating a community friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists by emphasizing non-motorized transportation.
Fellowships and grants afford many students the opportunity to continue their learning beyond graduation in high-impact programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants in Reid Campus Center.
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue or are enrolled in full-time study at accredited U.S. institutions through a designated degree program in which women's participation traditionally has been low.
The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience in science and biotechnology at ten of the nation's leading educational institutions.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
Cultural Vistas provides opportunities for underrepresented U.S. university students to advance their career goals, develop global competencies and experience life in another culture. The program includes an eight-week summer internship in Argentina, Germany or India. Academic or practical experience in sustainability, environmental awareness, engineering and related sciences, as well as prior knowledge of the language of the host country, are important eligibility components. Fellows enrich their academic learning through professional internships and immersion experiences focused on environmental sustainability.
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the U.K. in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.
Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship provides opportunities for students pursuing an IT-related degree to apply technology solutions to the arena of diplomacy. Fellows receive tuition assistance, mentorship and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State's foreign service arm. Fellows are required to complete their junior and senior years of an undergraduate degree or a two-year master's degree in an IT field; maintain a GPA of 3.2; and become a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service IMS representing their country and its interests abroad and at home. Fellows must fulfill and maintain strict Foreign Service entry requirements. There is a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service Officer Program. Fellows complete two internships with the State Department: one in the U.S. and one overseas.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.
The Pasteur Foundation provides undergraduates entering their senior year with an opportunity to work on supervised research projects at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The foundation's goal is to encourage students in their pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience. During their internships, students carry out research supervised by a lab mentor. Applicants should be eager to engage with a different culture and self-sufficient enough to arrange travel and secure housing in Paris.
Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation
The SMART Scholarship for Service Program was established by the Department of Defense to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Boulder, Colorado, Laboratories' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides research experience for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering.
To learn more about working on campus, visit the Student Employment page or job search page. For employers committed to diversity and opportunities for minorities, visit workplacediversity.com, nemnet.com, and blackcollegian.com.
Industry Job Boards
Internships and on-campus employment are excellent for accumulating work experience, developing your narrative, and broadening your network. Note that the list below is not comprehensive. Check sites such as vault.com and internships.com for more opportunities.
- Air Force Research Laboratory
- Agilent Technologies
- Bechtel Internships
- Boeing Internship Programs
- CSC Internship Program
- IAESTE International Internships
- Kone International Trainee Program and Kone Internships
- National Science foundation REU
- SpaceX Internships
- Washington State Department of Transportation
To see what Engineering internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Engineering" or "Science, Engineering & Technology".
Studying away from campus is a fantastic way to learn more about the world, as well as an excellent experience upon which you'll draw throughout your academic and professional career. For more information, contact Off-Campus Studies in Memorial.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of the three institutions in Budapest known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The school is near the center of historic Budapest, classes are small, living costs are modest, and all courses are taught in English.
CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences
The CIEE: Seoul Arts and Science program provides students an environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university and experience life in Seoul. While participants enroll in Yonsei University courses, CIEE organizes co-curricular programs designed to provide a deeper understanding of Korea. Program participants take courses in English and Korean through the Underwood International College (UIC), a division of Yonsei University.
University of St. Andrews
Whitman Students may enroll directly at the University of St Andrews in Scotland as visiting students through an agreement with Whitman College. Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and is located in a picturesque medieval town overlooking the sea. The University enrolls about 7,000 students, including a significant number of students from the US and other foreign countries. English literature, history, international religions, religion, economics, philosophy, biology, biochemistry, math, and physics are among the many disciplines that students may enroll in. In addition to enrolling in classes alongside with local students, students attending St Andrews may join the many clubs and activities available to regular students.
University of Otago
Whitman students may enroll directly at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, as visiting students, through an agreement with Whitman college. The University has 19,000 students, offers a broad range of courses, and is particularly appealing to students of biology, geology, and environmental studies because of the unusual geologic features of the South Island and the rare flora and fauna of the area. The city of Dunedin is a "university town" of about 120,000 inhabitants and the University is conveniently located near downtown bookstores, shops, and cafes.
Here are some possible post-graduate degrees pursued by people in engineering. Contact the SEC for additional information.
Master or Ph.D. in
- Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Chemical Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computational and Mathematical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Management Science and Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Potential Job Titles
Machine Learning Engineer