Whitman Internship Grant
The Whitman Internship Grant provides funding for students who submit strong applications to participate in unpaid internship experiences at both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Legal Criteria for Unpaid Internships
Please ensure that any unpaid opportunity passes the Fair Labor Standards Act test for an internship before proceeding.
If you would like to host a Whitman Internship Grant recipient, post your internship opening to Handshake, an online job board used by Whitman students. This document contains suggestions for information that an internship posting might include.
Please note that a student must secure their internship with you before applying for the grant. We encourage organizations to post their openings for summer internships as early as January so that students can apply to the first deadline (if their grant proposal is rejected, a student can revise their application and submit to the second and final deadline). Finally, note that there is generally a limit of two Whitman Internship Grant interns per organization at one time (during a given semester or summer). You are welcome to host as many Whitman interns as you like, but the Grant can only fund a maximum of two students.
Linda King Brewer Internship Endowment
The Linda King Brewer Internship Endowment provides grant support for unpaid internships relating to students' studies or future career plans. The Student Engagement Center chooses recipients for this endowment as a part of the Whitman Internship Grant program.
First Generation Internship & Career Endowment
The First Generation Internship and Career Opportunity Endowment provides funding for first-generation students entering into their junior or senior year to partake in summer internships-with a preference for internships relating to finance, investment management or law. This endowment also may include funding for additional expenses for travel, housing, and business attire. The Student Engagement Center chooses recipients for this endowment as a part of the Whitman Internship Grant program.
The final deadline for the 2018 Summer US Whitman Internship Grant applications was Sunday, April 15, 2018.
First years, sophomores, and juniors (and seniors who will complete courses in December) can apply for the Summer Internship Grant, which provides $3000 for students to participate in unpaid summer internship experiences that last the majority of the summer. Students are expected to contribute significantly to the organization and must have secured the internship prior to applying for funding. Additional funding is available for students of high financial need and Pell-eligible students.
For domestic students, this grant has a dual deadline: before Spring Break and after Spring Break. Students who are not awarded funding after the first date can re-apply with an improved proposal to the second deadline. This is a competitive program; each application will be reviewed primarily on the merit of the internship and the value of the experience in the context of the student’s academic or career goals.
The application period for the 2018 Summer International Whitman Internship Grant is now closed. If you are an international student (re: not a domestic U.S. student), click here.
Through a competitive process, we can award stipends of $5000 for internships outside of the US. Additional funding is available for students of high financial need and Pell-eligible students.
This program targets older students with demonstrated experience or 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.
In addition, consistent with this focus on students' safety and security, the internships will be 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 (via a member of Governing Board, staff, or faculty, or alumni or parent)
Applicants must be in good academic and conduct standing before they can be approved.
The Whitman Internship Grant can provide funding for students to participate in unpaid internship experiences at both for-profit and non-profit organizations in Walla Walla during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Possible examples of local organizations include: Blue Mountain Action Council, Friends of Children, Planned Parenthood, Red Cross, Trilogy, the YMCA, and the YWCA. To explore more possibilities, check out this guide, which has a list of local organizations by industry.