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Ludmilia De Brito '18 hugs a friend during her internship at Incorporada RPF in São Paulo.
Bojun Zhao looks for fungi to monitor its grown in a forest in China for a summer internship.
Linqi Sheng works on a computer at her internship with the Agricultural Bank of China.
Ludmila De Brito '18 writes on a chalkboard in an elementary school classroom.

Information about the Whitman Internship Grant (WIG)

International students considering applying for a Whitman Internship Grant should contact Greg Lecki, the Director of International Student and Scholar Services, at leckige@whitman.edu, to discuss their eligibility to work internationally.

The International WIG program for summer internships targets older students with demonstrated experience or those who have 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. Internships are more likely to be successful if the organizations, businesses, or government agencies chosen:

  • Are established and financially secure and have websites that instill confidence in the reader, AND

  • Have a connection to Whitman College (via a member of governing board, staff, or faculty, or through an alum or parent)

The official International WIG application is a Google form linked within the application packet. Before submitting an application for the WIG, the following tasks must be completed:

  1. Download the WIG application packet and review all the information included. Note: You will indicate which WIG you are applying for in the Google Form. 

  2. Carefully read the "Information for International WIG Applicants" page in the application packet. 

  3. Meet with a Career Coach in the CCEC or a Student Career Advisor (SCA) to review, edit, and enhance your resume. Schedule an appointment with either a coach or SCA on Handshake.

  4. Attend at least one WIG information session. Tip: Register to receive email reminders with upcoming session dates. 

  5. Secure a WIG-eligible unpaid internship opportunity. The internship supervisor will need to sign documents as part of your application. 

We strongly encourage you to meet with Greg Lecki to ensure your eligibility to work internationally. When the above tasks are completed, students can move on to filling out and submitting the WIG application Google form linked in the application packet. Selected students will need to formally accept the WIG offer before the start of their internship. Students can secure up to USD $5,500 for an International WIG. 

Application deadlines for the WIG can be found on the main WIG webpage The application for the International WIG typically opens around the beginning of February and its deadline is usually near the beginning of April. 

To read more about the WIG program, including FAQs and information about domestic internships, please refer to the Whitman Internship Grant webpage.

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