Buckham Contributed by Shannon Buckham '12

Thanks in part to a funded internship program, 30 Whitman students had the chance this past summer to test the waters in the careers of their choice – literally, for Shannon Buckham ’12 who studied killer whales as an intern at the Soundwatch Boater Education Program in Friday Harbor, Wash.

Each student received a stipend of $2,100 to intern at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. The internships they chose were as diverse and varied as the students themselves, ranging from laboratory research to retail, classical radio stations to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Students worked with members of Congress, Asian immigrants, Australian lungfish genes, indie record labels and free range hens.

This fall a group of students, staff and faculty gathered in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom to celebrate the students’ collective accomplishments, with eight internship recipients sharing their experiences and expressing their gratitude for the financial support that enabled them to pursue their passions.

“I have learned an immense amount about the natural history and biology of killer whales and seen all the effort that goes into protecting a species and how I can contribute to such research,” Buckham said.

Alethea Buchal ’12, who interned at the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, said she was proud of what she and her peers had achieved, and she stressed the importance of professionalism for young people entering the workforce.

"I learned something about myself and how I can be a professional and still maintain my free spirit,” she said.

The Whitman Internship Grant, funded by both the David Stevens Internship Endowment and the Parents Leadership Committee, has been supporting student internships since the summer of 1999. Starting this year, all students, including first-years, will be eligible to apply. Now run by the Student Engagement Center, the program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the career or academic interest of their choice, with the college shouldering the cost of living.

Larson Contributed by Erik Larson '13

“Thanks to the internship grant, I gained professional skills and learned about how a nonprofit functions, preparing me for a possible career in the nonprofit sector,” said Erik Larson ’13, who interned for Project Minnesota / León, a volunteer organization in Minneapolis dedicated to strengthening cross-cultural ties through exchange delegations between Minnesota and León, Nicaragua. “Without the funding provided by Whitman, I would have had to work full-time in a job that did not further my career goals the way this internship did.”

Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement, also touted the benefits of the funding for students seeking to break into a profession or field of study.

“The Whitman Internship Grant is a vehicle to allow all of you to be successful,” he told students.

Robyn Metcalf ’13, who worked with behaviorally challenged kids at the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center in Seattle, hopes to apply her internship experience toward her goal of earning a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology and working with at-risk populations.

Another opportunity available to Whitman students is the Washington State Work Study Initiative Program, which assists students in finding paid internships. The state reimburses employers for a large percentage of the students’ wages, providing incentive for businesses and organizations to hire students.

"An internship allows students to explore a career, meet and network with professionals, practice skills, and be more competitive after graduation when applying for work or graduate study,” said Susan Buchanan, director of career development.

See the following list for information about all of the students who received Whitman Internship Grants and what they did during their summer tenures.

—Gillian Frew '11

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Abbye Neel ’13
Environmental Studies/Geology Major
Denver, Colo.

Project Learning Tree, Golden, Colo.
Worked on incorporating environmental education into K-8th grade curricula.

Julia Bowman ’13
Sociology Major 
Woodland Hills, Calif.

People for Parks, Los Angeles, Calif.  
Supported the non-profit organization's efforts to grow and protect parks in underserved parts of the city by attending meetings, taking notes and collecting information.

Alethea Buchal ’12
Politics Major
Portland, Ore.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Walla Walla, Wash.
Worked to promote the commerce and culture of downtown Walla Walla, the “living room” of the community.

Aleah Jaeger ’13
Environmental Studies/Sociology Major
Eugene, Ore.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Eugene, Ore.
Worked for an environmental non-profit translating, doing research to prevent oil drilling in Nicaragua and helping environmental lawyers collaborate across the world.

Lauren Davis ’13
Biology Major
Mercer Island, Wash.

King Lab, Seattle, Wash.  
Analyzed data for a lab and learned techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, and Sanger Sequencing.

Tim Strother ’12
Philosophy Major
Kirkland, Wash.

Steven Dona Architecture, Kirkland, Wash.
Pitched creative ideas and worked with supervisor on design projects.

Natalie Tamburello ’12
Psychology Major
San Francisco, Calif.

Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Science Research, Palo Alto, Calif.
Analyzed fMRI data and used computer programs to analyze behavioral and structural data about the brain.

Phil Hofius ’12
English Major
Clinton, Wash.

Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Wash.
Built relationships with staff members and learned about the inner-workings of a small, independent non-profit publishing company.

Libby Watkins ’12
Politics Major
Portland, Ore.

City Club of Portland, Portland, Ore.  
Researched civics education and refined writing, editing and analytical skills.

Sam Freedman ’12
BBMB Major
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Laboratory of Dr. David Morris, UW, Seattle, Wash.
Took tissue samples from mice and homogenized and isolated ribosomes from mice hippocampus.

Suzanne Jaszczult ’13
Politics Major
Portland, Ore.

Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Washington D.C.
Responded to constituents who called or emailed the congressman’s office, answered questions and learned how to draft a legislative memo.

Amy Hasson ’12
BBMB Major
Kirkland, Wash.

Vernon Lab, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
Conducted a project with the goal of inserting an engineered version of a gene into plants.

Alyssa Nevell ’12
Psychology Major
Eugene, Ore.

Whitman College Psychology Department, Walla Walla, Wash.
Interacted positively with participants in studies, collected data from them and analyzed results.

Carissa Wagner ’12
Music Major
Bend, Ore.

Mode Records, New York, N.Y.
Attended mixing sessions, met composers and performers, and learned the stages of making a record.

Carrie Sloane ’12
Music Major
Bellingham, Wash.

Classical KING FM, Seattle, Wash.
Gained exposure to the Seattle classical music scene by working at a classical radio station.

Chelsea Kern ’13
English Major
Carnation, Wash.

Illumination Arts Publishing, Kirkland, Wash.
Edited manuscripts, worked with illustrators, contacted marketing professionals, spoke with customers and wrote promotional copy.

Dandi Huang ’13
BBMB Major
Bellevue, Wash.

Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle, Wash.
Grew cultures, made agar plates and solutions for lab use and worked with bioinformatics.

Erik Larson ’13
Spanish/Politics Major
Minneapolis, Minn.

Project Minnesota/León, Minneapolis, Minn.
Used peace-building and cultural-humility theory to create concrete educational materials for a non-profit.

Kelsey Kennedy ’12
English Major
Friday Harbor, Wash.

Walla Walla Public Library, Walla Walla, Wash.
Answered questions, assisted patrons in finding books in the children’s section and worked on community outreach projects.

Claire Baron ’13
Race and Ethnic Studies Major
Tacoma, Wash.

Friends of the Orphans, Bellevue, Wash.
Contributed to the efforts of an international non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children.

Kendra Klag ’13
BBMB Major
Portland, Ore.

Professor Dan Vernon, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
Conducted experiments and learned now to trouble shoot and examine different variables to make the necessary adjustments.

Margaret Ross-Martin ’12
Politics Major

U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
Worked in an office environment and discovered more about the fast-paced and exciting field of internet policy.

Leonila Gariando ’12
Economics Major
Sumner, Wash.

Chinese Information and Service Center, Seattle, Wash.
Worked with Chinese clients at the center and learned about fundraising and budgeting.

Robyn Metcalf ’13
Psychology Major
Edmonds, Wash.

Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center, Seattle, Wash.
Worked with abused and behaviorally-challenged children and diffused crisis situations as they arose.

Laura Holford ’13
Art History Major
San Jose, Calif.

San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, Calif.
Gave presentations, served meals, delivered groceries, taught classes and planned an outreach event with more than 800 volunteers

Shannon Buckham ’12
Biology/Environmental Studies
Bellingham, Wash.

Soundwatch Boater Education Program, Friday Harbor, Wash.
Conducted research and collected orca scat while learning about the political impacts of whale conservation.

Will Witwer ’13
English Major
Denver, Colo.

KUNC Public Radio, Greeley, Colo.
Produced and recorded radio stories for broadcast, conducting interviews and writing and editing transcripts.

William Newman-Wise ’13
Environmental Humanities/Studio Art Major
Bethesda, Md.

Painted Sage Farm, Daniel, Wyo.
Interacted with customers at markets and learned how to manage crops and animals.

Allison Burns ’13
Economics/English Major
Boise, Idaho

cinda b, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Completed an in-depth competitive analysis for the company by researching other handbag, gym bag and diaper bag retailers.

Amelia von Wolffersdorff ’12
Art History & Visual Culture Studies Major
Seattle, Wash.

Undriving, Seattle, Wash.
Developed marketing and communications strategies for Undriving and worked one-on-one to produce key messaging.

 

Thanks in part to a funded internship program, 30 Whitman students had the chance this past summer to test the waters in the careers of their choice – literally, for Shannon Buckham ’12 who studied killer whales as an intern at the Soundwatch Boater Education Program in Friday Harbor, Wash.

 

Each student received a stipend of $2,100 to intern at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. The internships they chose were as diverse and varied as the students themselves, ranging from laboratory research to retail, classical radio stations to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Students worked with members of Congress, Asian immigrants, Australian lungfish genes, indie record labels and free range hens. 

 

This fall a group of students, staff and faculty gathered in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom to celebrate the students’ collective accomplishments, with eight internship recipients sharing their experiences and expressing their gratitude for the financial support that enabled them to pursue their passions.

 

“I have learned an immense amount about the natural history and biology of killer whales and seen all the effort that goes into protecting a species and how I can contribute to such research,” Buckham said.  

 

Alethea Buchal ’12, who interned at the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, said she was proud of what she and her peers had achieved, and she stressed the importance of professionalism for young people entering the workforce.

 

"I learned something about myself and how I can be a professional and still maintain my free spirit,” she said.

 

The Whitman Internship Grant, formerly known as the Parents Internship Grant, has been funding student internships since the summer of 1999. Starting this year, all students, including first-years, will be eligible to apply. Now run by the Student Engagement Center, the program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the career or academic interest of their choice, with the college shouldering the cost of living.

 

“Thanks to the internship grant, I gained professional skills and learned about how a nonprofit functions, preparing me for a possible career in the nonprofit sector,” said Erik Larson ’13, who interned for Project Minnesota / León, a volunteer organization in Minneapolis dedicated to strengthening cross-cultural ties through exchange delegations between Minnesota and León, Nicaragua. “Without the funding provided by Whitman, I would have had to work full-time in a job that did not further my career goals the way this internship did.”

 

Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement, also touted the benefits of the funding for students seeking to break into a profession or field of study.  

 

“The Whitman Internship Grant is a vehicle to allow all of you to be successful,” he told students.  

 

Robyn Metcalf ’13, who worked with behaviorally challenged kids at the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center in Seattle, hopes to apply her internship experience toward her goal of earning a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology and working with at-risk populations.

 

Another opportunity available to Whitman students is the Washington State Work Study Initiative Program, which assists students in finding paid internships. The state reimburses employers for a large percentage of the students’ wages, providing incentive for businesses and organizations to hire students.

 

"An internship allows students to explore a career, meet and network with professionals, practice skills, and be more competitive after graduation when applying for work or graduate study,” said Susan Buchanan, director of career development.

 

See the following list for information about all of the students who received Whitman Internship Grants and what they did during their summer tenures.