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.
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:
- Attend a mandatory orientation in September
- Work for 150-160 hours over the course of two semesters for $13/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
These are our 2017-2018 partner organizations. Click on the links below to view each organization's mission and job description.
- Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
- Blue Mountain Land Trust
- Children's Home Society of Washington - Walla Walla
- Fort Walla Walla Museum
- Kooskooskie Commons
- Sustainable Living Center
- Valley Residential Services
- Walla Walla Community College
- Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
- Walla Walla Symphony
- Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance
Students met representatives from this year's participating organizations at the Community Fellows Fair on Tuesday, September 5 from 4:00-5:00 PM in Reid Coffeehouse.
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are closed. Juniors and seniors (who are eligible to work in the US) apply directly to the organization(s) that interest them, not the SEC. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.