Why Should I Find an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom in a new way. Internships allow you to explore career fields, develop skills, expand your network, and figure out what you're good at. 

Internship, Resume & Cover Letter Assistance

Handshake logoStudents and alumni can make free appointments with members of the SEC staff via Handshake regarding resume and cover letter drafts as well as developing, finding or securing an internship. Assistant Director for Internship Programs Victoria Wolff both schedules appointments and offers weekly drop-in hours.

Whitman Internship Grant

The Whitman Internship Grant can provide funding for students to participate in unpaid internship experiences at both for-profit and non-profit organizations during the school year and during the summer. To learn more, click here.

America Reads/America Counts

America Reads/America Counts enhances primary- and secondary-level reading and math skills of children in Walla Walla while providing Whitman College students (especially those who qualify for work study) the opportunity to give back to their community, gain professional experience, and earn money. Click here for more detailed information.

Ben Rabinowitz Award

Given in honor of former Whitman College President Tom Cronin, the Ben Rabinowitz Award assists students with demonstrated leadership skills who wish to implement new projects or learning opportunities that promote compassion in medicine or politics and enrich the campus community. Read a more detailed description and profiles of past winners here.

Community Fellow Program

The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative funds a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at a prominent Walla Walla organization to address some of the area’s social, economic and cultural challenges. Find application guidelines and program details here.

DOL Test for Unpaid Interns

Interning at a for-profit? Be sure to familiarize yourself with the DOL Test for Unpaid Interns.

RADLab

In partnership with Heritage University in Toppenish, WA, Whitman College students have the opportunity to participate in a unique month-long digital story-telling initiative in June 2018 called the Rural American Digital (RAD) Lab. With guidance from a Seattle-based tech start-up called PopUpJustice student participants will bring to light often-ignored or forgotten stories of the non-urban part of Washington state. Learn more about RADLab here

Search Resources

The Whitman Internship Database contains years of past internships held by Whitman students. You can search and filter by location, major, and keywords.

Handshake logoHandshake is a social-media style job and internship platform for undergraduates and young alumni. 

Visit Whitman Wayfinder today to discover career possibilities and the activities at Whitman and in Walla Walla that you can pursue to explore those fields.

Through Whitman Connect, a database of more than 17,000 alumni searchable by location, job title, occupation, major, Greek affiliation, campus groups, and more, students can research and contact alumni. Used well, this resource can be a way to explore career paths, find internship leads, or connect with people in new locations. To access the database, students must first read and agree to the Whitman Connect Code of Conduct.