WhitmanWayfinderSTEMEngineering is a vast field with many subsections from computer, electrical and mechanical engineering to architectural, chemical, geotechnical and biological engineering (and many more). Whitman offers a combined plan in Engineering and Computer Science in cooperation with Caltech, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Washington. Typically the combined plans require five years of study with the first three years spent at Whitman, and the last two years spent at the engineering school, where students complete courses in computer science or one of the many branches of engineering.

Following an internship with Western Washington University, BBMB/Pre-Engineering major Yuli Buckley '19 said: 

"I'm glad that I did this internship because it really helped me solidify my plans at Whitman regarding my major, and I gained friends, experience in a research lab, and networking connections. This summer, I worked in a chemistry lab with biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physics majors to create bioactuators. Everyone was working on a smaller part of this project, but each student's findings helped further everyone else's, and through this, I realized that I did not have to follow a strict career path to do what I love."

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 Sound & Lights
ASWC Sound and Lights offers full-service technical production for a variety of campus events, including dances, speakers, concerts, and more.

Computer Science at Whitman (CS@W)
Through meetings, workshops, hackathons, films, and other events, this club promotes coding and computer science in the Whitman community.

Physics Club
Physics Club (SPS) meets weekly to work on hands-on projects and discuss physics topics in a creative and inclusive manner. From electric truck building to quantum gravity!

Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)
Three appointed students make policy recommendations regarding campus technology services and work with WCTS staff.

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.

Habitat for Humanity
A faith-based organization that envisions a world where everyone has a place to love. Staff and volunteers pursue this vision by bringing people together nationally and internationally to build homes, communities and hope.

Walla Walla 2020: Transportation (Bike, Hike, and Transit)
This organization works with government agencies, private entities, and the public to promote sustainability (ecological, equitable, and economical) in the community. One of Walla Walla 2020's areas of focus creating a community friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists by emphasizing non-motorized transportation.  

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.EPA-GRO Fellowships
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship program, is offering undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The Fellowship provides up to $50,000 over a two-year period. Fellows will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and a paid summer internship at an EPA facility between their junior and senior years.

Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage high motivated students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. During the scholarship awarding process, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives, as well as their potential to thrive and contribute to that field. Each scholarship will cover the eligible expenses for the undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

NIH - Oxford-Cambridge Biomedical Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to a career in biomedical research. The scholar's doctorate, usually completed in four years, is conferred by either Oxford or Cambridge, depending on where research is done; hence, applicants must meet requirements for acceptance into the graduate program of the relevant University. Students conduct research at both locations and potentially other sites, including field work in Africa and elsewhere around the world. The projects culminate in the award of D.Phil or Ph.D. in science from either Oxford or Cambridge. Students may also pursue M.D./Ph.D. training through partnerships the program maintains with a broad range of American medical schools.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program's (GRFP) purpose is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The Fellowship also grants Fellows a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution. Fellows will also receive three years of support, international research, professional development opportunities, and XSEDE Supercomputer access.

Amgen Scholars
The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience in science and biotechnology at ten of the nation's leading educational institutions (California Institute of Technology, Columbia University/Barnard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California San-Francisco, or Washington University in St. Louis and National Institutes of Health). The financial support varies by institution.

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 Engineering internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Engineering" or "Science, Engineering & Technology".

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.

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.

CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences
The CIEE: Seoul Arts and Science program provides students an environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university and experience life in Seoul. While participants enroll in Yonsei University courses, CIEE organizes co-curricular programs designed to provide a deeper understanding of Korea. Program participants take courses in English and Korean through the Underwood International College (UIC), a division of Yonsei University.

University of St. Andrews
Whitman Students may enroll directly at the University of St Andrews in Scotland as visiting students through an agreement with Whitman College. Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and is located in a picturesque medieval town overlooking the sea. The University enrolls about 7,000 students, including a significant number of students from the US and other foreign countries. English literature, history, international religions, religion, economics, philosophy, biology, biochemistry, math, and physics are among the many disciplines that students may enroll in. In addition to enrolling in classes alongside with local students, students attending St Andrews may join the many clubs and activities available to regular students.

University of Otago
Whitman students may enroll directly at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, as visiting students, through an agreement with Whitman college. The University has 19,000 students, offers a broad range of courses, and is particularly appealing to students of biology, geology, and environmental studies because of the unusual geologic features of the South Island and the rare flora and fauna of the area. The city of Dunedin is a "university town" of about 120,000 inhabitants and the University is conveniently located near downtown bookstores, shops, and cafes.

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

Master or Ph.D. in

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Alumni in the Field

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

Potential Job Titles

Civil Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Javascript Engineer
Machine Learning Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Quality Engineer
Structural Engineer
Systems Engineer