WhitmanWayfinderBusinessPeople in consulting utilize problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and analytical skills with organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. A liberal-arts background is valued in this industry because consultants must quickly understand, break down, and reassemble information to create solutions for clients. 

Following a summer internship with the Sustainable Living Center advising businesses on sustainability, Margo Heffron '17 said:

"I am looking forward to continuing my work with the different businesses in Walla Walla and seeing the different approaches each takes towards sustainability. I can't wait to reconnect with each business partner come spring to help them identify their cost reductions as well as their reduced environmental impact."

There are many clubs on campus that will allow you to explore your interests, stretch your skills, and make an impact in an area about which you're passionate. Contact the ASWC Club Director at aswc_clubdir@whitman.edu to learn more about current clubs or start your own.

ASWC Nominations
This committee of appointed and elected members interviews and selects students to hold positions on college committees and governing boards as well as campus media organization leadership.

Budget Governing Board
Working with the President's Advisory Committee and the treasurer of the college, two students (one nominated and the ASWC Finance Chair, who serves ex oficio) sit on the Budget Governing Board to create, discuss, critique, and implement the College's budget. This representative advocates for the student body in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Buildings and Grounds Governing Board
Two students sit on the Buildings and Grounds Governing Board to provide perspective on significant, long-term initiatives concerning structures, renovation, and upkeep. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Enrollment Governing Board
Two students sit on the Enrollment Governing Board and work with the Office of Admission to develop ideology, improve the admission process, increase retention, and evaluate financial aid systems. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Pitch It!
The annual Walla Walla Pitch It! Competition solicits contenders from Wa-Hi and all three local higher ed institutions.  Specifically, it challenges students to develop a business concept, create a model, and pitch it to a panel. Contact Kimberly Rolfe with questions.

Power & Privilege Symposium
The P & P Operations Sub-Committee includes a Finance Manager who coordinates the sizeable budget for this day of presentations, discussions, and workshops about the hierarchies of power and the intersections of identity.

President's Budget Advisory Committee
The ASWC Finance Chair and three appointed students comprise this committee, which makes recommendations to the President's Council about the college's budget.

Student Registrar Committee
Four students advise the Registrar's Office about course schedules and registration.

Varsity Nordic
Varsity Nordic is an improvisational comedy group composed of five to ten students who perform regularly throughout the year and host a 24-hour fundraiser in the spring. Students must audition to participate.

Community involvement helps students understand a broad range of issues and is becoming increasingly important in the eyes of many employers. For more ways to connect with local organizations, contact the Student Engagement Center in Reid.

Spring Break Service Trips
Spring Break Service Trips are week-long volunteer trips that allow Whitman students to focus on a particular social issue outside of the Walla Walla community. Each trip's service, education, and reflection opportunities are arranged around a theme, giving students a greater sense of their impact and role on that issue. Students coordinate and advertise these trips.

Service Internships
Becoming an intern for one of the various SEC service groups is a great way to develop organizational, commuincative, and visionary skills. To learn more about Whitman-based programs, click here.

General
Volunteering with local governmental agencies and organizing large philanthropic projects, whether through your Greek organization, a campus club, athletic team, or an independently organized undertaking, are productive ways to cultivate the skills for a career in consulting.

Fellowships and grants afford many students the opportunity to continue their learning beyond graduation in high-impact programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants in Reid Campus Center.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the Fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be pursuing or intend to pursue a master's degree in the fields of architecture, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or statistics. However, in the areas of business administration, law, and medicine, the Fellowship is only open to women who are ethnic minorities.

Critical Language Scholarship (U.S. Dept. of State)
The Critical Language Scholarship institutes provide a fully funded, group-based, intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experience for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students. This program is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The levels that are available for each language include: Arabic, Persian (advanced beginning intermediate or advanced level); Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili (Beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Chinese, Japanese, Russian (Intermediate or advanced level). The countries that are available to study in include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

Bosch Foundation Fellowship
The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished, transatlantic initiative that offers 15 accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive, professional, development program in Germany. The Bosch Fellowship is comprised of three main components: customized work placements, professional seminars, and German language training. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their fields of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. Also, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with the major figures across Germany and Europe. Before their work placements and workshops, Bosch Fellows participate in up to five months of language training with both private tutors in the United States and group classes in Germany.

General
To learn more about working on campus, visit the Student Employment page. We have general job search resources here. For employers committed to diversity and opportunities for minorities, visit workplacediversity.com, nemnet.com, and blackcollegian.com.

Industry Job Boards & Resources

Internships and on-campus employment are excellent for accumulating work experience, developing your narrative, and broadening your network. Note that the list below is not comprehensive. Check sites such as vault.com and internships.com for more opportunities.

Studying away from campus is a fantastic way to learn more about the world, as well as an excellent experience upon which you'll draw throughout your academic and professional career. For more information, contact Off-Campus Studies in Memorial.

CIEE: Taipei Communication, Business, and Political Economy
Through the CIEE: Taipei Communications, Business, and Political Economy program, based at National Chengchi University in Taipei, students can study Chinese language intensively while taking classes in English with Taiwanese students at the University. The program includes excursions to temples, mountains, tea plantations, and museums. There are also opportunities for students to volunteer with Taiwan's many NGOs and NPOs.

IES: Beijing, Contemporary China, & Chinese Language
The IES: Beijing, Contemporary China, and Chinese Language program allows students to enroll in history, economics, Chinese culture, and language classes. Each courses on this program is supplemented by field trips directly related to the coursework. Students participate in three intensive, 300-level area studies courses taught one-at-a-time, called "blocks". There are daily seminars and discussions of 2-3 hours, along with journaling, presentations, and other challenging assignments that provide an intellectually exciting and in depth engagement with China.

CIEE Shanghai - China in a Global Context
Through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) students can study in Shanghai, China. The China in a Global Context program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a more influential role in world affairs. Students on this program study Mandarin Chinese at their level and take other English taught courses in a variety of subjects.

Here are some possible post-graduate degrees pursued by people in management consulting. Contact Gayle Townsend at townsegv@whitman.edu for additional information.

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration

Other Resources

Guide to the GMAT - This guide from Online MBA provides many useful resources for anyone interested in taking the GMAT.

GMAT Test Questions - Provides information on the quantitative, verbal, and analytical portions of the GMAT.

Business School Comparison - A site that compares business schools based on various criteria.

Alumni in the Field

Log in to LinkedIn or Whitman Connect to learn about Whitman alumni with jobs in consulting.

Potential Job Titles

Change Management Consultant
Cost Management Consultant
Environmental Consultant
Human Resources Consultant
Information Systems Consultant
Program Manager
Recruiting Consultant
Risk Management Consultant