WhitmanWayfinderEducationCareers in higher education can usually be divided into three categories: teaching, research, and administration.

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.

Pursue residence hall or extracurricular leadership positions, such as hall council, club leadership, Whitman Events Board, and Intramural Sports Committee.

Academic Affairs Governing Board

Alongside the provost and the dean of the faculty, two students sit on the Academic Affairs Governing Board to consider planning, policy, and procedures that affect academics. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Beyond Borders Club

Beyond Borders fosters global awareness. This educational and culturally-focused club hosts screenings, lectures, art displays, and other events, such as the Internation Celebration.

Black Student Union (BSU)

Black Student Union is a safe space to discuss topics of race. The club serves as a support group for students of color, but any student can attend. 

Classics Club

This club caters to classics enthusiasts who enjoy studying and celebrating the history and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Club Latino

Club Latino is a group of students of any ethnic background who seek to educate themselves and the community about the history and culture of the Latino population, especially that of the United States, Mexico, Central, and South America. 

Council on Student Affairs

Five students (and at least two alternates) work as a disciplinary body to make rulings on student infractions of school policy.

Diversity Governing Board

Two students sit on the Diversity Governing Board, where they engage in frank discussions about creating a learning environment that attracts and embraces a more diverse community. 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.

First Generation/Working Class Club (FGWC)

Sometimes FG/WC students struggle to adjust to Whitman; this club aims to help them overcome potential obstacles by providing a network and advocating for resources on campus.

General Studies Committee

Two students appointed to this committee recommend new courses, substantive changes in existing courses, and curriculum for the General Studies program. 

Indigenous People's Education and Cultural Club (IPECC)

Both Native and non-Native students comprise IPECC, a group that shares the diverse traditions of Native culture through entertainment, speakers, educators, and activities.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

The IFC oversees Rush, regulates the fraternities, moderates Greek social events and plans Greekend. 

Library Advisory Committee

The student appointed to this committee serves until graduation and makes policy recommendations regarding Penrose Library, archives, and collections. 

Mixed Race Club (HAPA)

HAPA responds to the modern world's continual blurring of the margins of "race" by creating a community for multiracial students and educating others about identity development.

Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program fosters personal growth, facilitates learning, and creates recreational opportunities through skills and risk management training, leadership development, and environmentally sound trips in a supportive community.


Panhellenic is the all-female Greek governing and programming group. Elected members from all the chapters work together on various events, especially Fall Recruitment.

Peer Listeners

Affiliated with the Counseling Center, this program fosters emotional well-being on campus by providing students with a safe space to discuss any issue with a peer.

Planned Parenthood Generation Action

This group educates the community about reproductive health and rights, providing a safe space to learn about healthy, enjoyable, and empowering ways to approach sex.

South Asian Students Association (SASA)

SASA promotes interest in and awareness of South Asian cultures in the Whitman community by hosting festivals, film screenings, lectures, and performances. 

Student Life Committee

Six students serve 2-year terms and address non-academic or non-disciplinary matters relating to student life, often by recommending policy changes.

Student Registrar Committee

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

Student Life Governing Board

Two students sit on the Student Life Governing Board, where they work with the dean of students, provost, faculty, and president of the college to address the quality of life on campus. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.


This club addresses mental health issues, educating the community and welcoming anyone who seeks information about how to help themselves or support loved ones.

Whitman African Students Association (WASA)

WASA supports African students on campus and teaches about African culture and issues.

Whitman Events Board (WEB)

WEB is a volunteer-driven student committee funded by ASWC which plans a variety of campus-wide events. The WEB Lectures Director identifies topics and individuals of interest and brings speakers to campus.

Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE)

Each summer the Intercultural Center hires resident assistants to lead local rising ninth graders through a three-day pre-college program at Whitman.

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.

Advanced Studies Enrichment (ASE)

Twice a week Whitman tutors gather in the Hall of Science armed with snacks, textbooks, and knowledge to help Walla Walla AP students with math and science.

Buddy Program

The Buddy Program connects students with intellectually or developmentally disabled adults in Walla Walla. Students meet with their community buddies twice a month for various activities, including dances, movie nights, crafts, bowling, and more.

Classroom Connections

These tutors volunteer in Walla Walla high school classrooms to model self-confidence, foster academic commitment, strong study skills, and planning for college. 

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye connects fourth and fifth graders from Walla Walla public schools with Whitman students with learning disabilities. Each week, the pairs create art projects that instill confidence and self-advocacy skills in the elementary schoolers.

Green Park Elementary Bilingual Program

Once a week students tutor children at Green Park Elementary School as they transition from learning only in Spanish to learning in English. Volunteers must be able to teach various subjects in Spanish, including math, reading, writing, and science.

Spring Break Service Trip

Spring Break Service Trips are week-long volunteer opportunities that allow Whitman students to focus on a particular social issue outside of the Walla Walla community.


Students partner with CAMPFIRE USA to teach art, music, and theater lessons at local elementary schools.

Story Time Project

Story Time volunteers travel to classrooms and daycares throughout Walla Walla to read stories to children each week. Bilingual volunteers, especially those fluent in Spanish, are welcome.

Whitman Mentor Program

Whitman students join their mentee, a local elementary schooler, at recess once a week to build a healthy relationship and have fun.

Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM)

This program trains students to teach about the 1960s civil rights movement in local schools. Using curricula developed by the Walla Walla Public School District and the Southern Poverty Law Center, WTTM increases tolerance and anti-discrimination education.

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.

Austrian Teaching Assistants (USTA)
The Austrian Teaching Assistants awards college and university graduates with the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in secondary schools across Austria. U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they also are important resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and act as a representative of the United States.

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.

French Teaching Assistants Program (TAPIF)
The French Teaching Assistants Program was established by the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. These organizations offer approximately 1,500 English language teaching assistantships in French primary and secondary schools as well as in various French teaching colleges - otherwise known as the "Instituts Universitaires de Formation des Maîtres" (IUFM) in all regions of France and the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the Reunion. This joint initiative between the Embassy of France and the French Ministry of Education aims to strengthen English-language instruction in the French educational system through the establishment of native speaker presence.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (academic)
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants motivated students an individually designed study/research or an English teaching assistantship in a single country. It also facilitates a cultural exchange because the scholars will be engaging in direct interaction within the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks that allow for students to gain an appreciation of other viewpoints, beliefs, customs, and approaches to daily life within an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Korean Teaching Programs (TaLK and EPIK)
TaLK is a Korean Government scholarship program known as Teach and Learn in Korea. The program's main objective is to invite and train native English speakers and overseas Koreans to teach practical English in after-school classes at rural elementary schools. TaLK covers the cost of a round-trip, economy class air ticket, accommodation, traveler's health insurance, a monthly stipend of 1.5 million KRW , a one-time settlement allowance, and cultural trips arranged by the provincial offices of education.
EPIK is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education and was established in 1995 with the mission to improve English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea, to develop cultural exchanges, and to reform English teaching methodologies in Korea. This program provides free, furnished housing, modest salary, medical insurance, and the possibility of returning for a second year of teaching.

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards a merit-based scholarship to college students who are going to pursue a pursue a career in government or elsewhere in public service. The Truman Scholars will receive up to $30,000 that can go towards graduate or professional school, participating in leadership development activities and will provide special opportunities for internship and employment within the federal government. Scholars are also required to work in the public service sector for three of the seven years that precede the funded graduate degree program, and those who fail to do so or lack proof of employment will be required to pay back any funds received along with interest.

Spanish Teaching Assistants Program (NALCA)
The Spanish Teaching Assistants Program is funded by the Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Cultural Assistants (NALCA). It is an academic "continuing education" grant provided by the Ministry of Education of Spain. NALCA sends over 2,000 American and Canadian participants to Spain each year to serve as teaching assistants, sharing their native knowledge of English or French language and North American culture in Spanish public K-12 schools. Recipients receive a minimum monthly stipend of 700 net euros and are provided general health insurance by the assigned region covering basic need emergencies and repatriation.



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

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.

To see what Higher Education internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Higher Education" or "Education".

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.

IFSA-Butler: University of Oxford
The University of Oxford, founded in 1250, is actually a federation of individual colleges. Through IFSA-Butler, highly qualified students may study at one of the several Oxford Colleges. The hallmark of the Ox-bridge model is the tutorial system. In this system, student meet one-on-one with their tutor either once a week or every other week. At the center of tutorial is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. Successful visiting Oxford student work well independently and are able to thrive in an intense academic system.

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome
The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome, Italy administered by Duke University is ideal for Whitman students majoring in classics or other fields, such as art history and history, with classical component. All students enroll in a core course entitled "The Ancient City" in which students learn about Roman history, archaeology, and civilization through frequent site visits, lectures, and museum tours. The other course work involves one Greek or Latin course and the student's choice of two area studies course taught by ICCS faculty. The program also involves longer field excursions to locations outside of Rome related to the areas of expertise of the program's lead professor. Past excursions have included Campania, Etruria, and Sicily.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of the three institutions in Budapest known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The school is near the center of historic Budapest, classes are small, living costs are modest, and all courses are taught in English.

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

  • M.Ed in Higher Education Administration
  • MA in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education
  • Doctorate in Education
  • Ed.D in Organizational Leadership

Other Resources

AllPsychologySchools.com - All Psychology Schools provides a wealth of information for students who are looking for the right school and program to get their psychology degree.

American Economic Association - Information on graduate study in economics.

American Historical Association - Resources for graduate study in history and early career professionals.

American Psychological Association - A resource for students exploring careers and graduate education in psychology.

Whitman College Rhetoric Department compilation of Rhetoric Graduate Schools.

Alumni in the Field

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