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.
As part of the program, Community Fellows meet successful, high-level leaders in Walla Walla and receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance, and broad exposure to local organizations in addition to the one where they work. Community Fellows also learn about important issues in southeastern Washington.
Past Community Partners have included: Walla Walla Leaders Network, Helpline Walla Walla, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Walla Walla STEP Shelter, Washington Small Business Development Center, Public Health-Always Walla Walla County, United Way of Walla Walla County, Walla Walla County Department of Court Services, Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, SonBridge Community Center, The Health Center, Community Council, Ink-Out, and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, and more.
Whitman’s Community Fellow program is supported in large part thanks to a grant from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Internship Endowment.
Selected Community Fellows will:
- Attend a mandatory orientation in September
- Work for 150-160 hours over the course of two semesters for $12/hr
- Attend 20 paid bi-weekly meetings and professional development workshops (in addition to their project work)
- Host the other Community Fellow students at their organization and give a short presentation about their work
We are thrilled to present this year's partner organizations. Click on the links below to view each organization's mission and job description.
- Blue Mountain Land Trust
- Catholic Charities
- Children's Resilience Initiative
- Fort Walla Walla Museum
- Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance
- Planned Parenthood
- Sustainable Living Center
- Valley Residential Services
- Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
- Walla Walla Symphony
- Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
Students can meet representatives from this year's participating organizations at the Community Fellows Fair on September 6, 2016, from 4:00-5:00 PM in Reid Coffeehouse.
Juniors and seniors (who are eligible to work in the US) apply directly to the organization(s) that interest them, not the SEC. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline is September 9th by noon. For more detailed information, click here.