How to rock your Internship Grant Application

Internship Application Advice:

Are you working on a WIG (Whitman Internship Grant) application for the unpaid internship you’ve landed for the summer? If so, we have three bits of advice you should keep in mind as you’re working through the application questions…

  • Be Knowledgeable! Make sure you know the projects for which you are going to be responsible, how you will be trained, and how your work will be evaluated. Referring to point three below, demonstration of your clear understanding of the internship with specific details will help us to determine why Whitman should fund this opportunity you’ve created or accepted. Also make sure you know what a good resume looks like. Your resume is an important piece of the application.
  • Be Goal-oriented! Setting goals for the internship will ensure that you stay on task with what you’ve set out for yourself and avoid getting lost in the work. Additionally, clearly demonstrating how the internship aligns with long-term goals that you’ve set academically or professionally will help us to determine why Whitman should provide you funding for this internship.
  • Be Specific! It may be clear in your mind what your responsibilities will be, what skills you will gain, or how your work is tied to your goals, but we need you to spell it out for us. Your specificity will help us to better determine why Whitman should fund your experience.

We’re excited to read through the exciting work you’ll be doing! If you have further questions about your application, feel free to contact the SEC for an in-person appointment. For resume help check out our website or schedule an appointment with Gayle Townsend.

(contact email: / phone: 509-527-5183).

Spring Intern Luke Hedlund ’15 writes about his experiences at Trek Partners

With plans of working in finance after graduation this May, I wanted to gain relevant experience and knowledge outside of the classroom. Through the Whitman alumni network, I found an internship at a search fund called Trek Partners. Search funds are essentially small scale private equity that consist of one or two people who raise money from investors to look for a business to buy. Once they find a business, they will buy it and run it as executives for 5-10 years, at which point they will then sell. This process requires a deep entrepreneurial personality and a high horsepower internal motor.

Right now Trek Partners is in the search phase. My role consists of anything and everything that will lead to buying a business. Some duties include sourcing new target companies, researching interesting industries and writing reports, analyzing companies financials, and reaching out to CEOs.

Luke Hedlund headshotIt’s been a very fulfilling experience so far. Just as a college student intern, I can make a large impact on the operation in the work I do. On a personal level, I have grown and developed in ways that school alone doesn’t allow for. My relevant skills and knowledge in finance have increased dramatically. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is considering pursuing a career in finance.

SEC Announces This Year’s Five International Internship Grant Recipients

world map bees and pins ppt versionThis upcoming summer five outstanding Whitman students will pursue five very different internships in five countries on five continents. The grant recipients are Ludmila de Brito ’18, Haley Case ’17, Sara Teplow ’16, Sage Malecki ’18, and Chloe Weinstock ’17.


Ludmila de Brito - People Search PhotoLudmila, an international student from Brazil, is heading back to her home country where she will be working for Incorporadora RPF LTDA, a real estate company in Sao Paulo. The company is known for its environmentally friendly buildings and designs, and takes socio-economic as well as  environmental sustainability factors into consideration when planning and building new apartments, something that attracted Ludmila to the company in the first place. As the finance intern, she will be working in both the financial and judicial departments, utilizing her background in, and passion for, data analysis, mathematics, and economics.

Haley Case - People Search PhotoHaley, a sophomore interested in global health, will be traveling to Thailand to work with GlobeMed and the Burma Humanitarian Mission in Mae Sot. As the Grass-Roots Onsite Work (GROW) intern, she will oversee a team of student interns and work with them on a project that focuses on providing health vocational classes for Burmese youth refugees within the secondary school connected to the Minamahaw Education Foundation. Part of the internship involves the creation of a publicity short film about the project that she hopes to share with the Whitman community upon her return to campus.

Sara Teplow - People Search PhotoSara, also a sophomore, will pursue an internship in Guatemala with Pueblo a Pueblo, a non-profit that provides health services to under-served communities. One of the Pueblo a Pueblo programs focuses on maternal child health, offering prenatal care services, educating mothers about nutrition as well as infant and child development. Sara is excited to expand her skills and gain insights into the international medical field. She is also looking forward to speaking Spanish, immersing herself in the local culture, and building long-lasting connections for the future. Upon return to Whitman, she is planning on sharing her experiences at the Power and Privilege Symposium.

Sage Malecki - People Search PhotoSage, currently a first-year student, is heading to Krakow, Poland. Once in Krakow, she will work as the Operations Intern at the well-known Galicia Jewish Museum. Her interest in art history, Jewish history, intercultural relations, and foreign languages, make her a perfect fit for this internship. Sage, who studied in Krakow during her sophomore year of high school, will work in the operations and external relations department of the museum. Some of her responsibilities include translating and meetings with Holocaust survivors and individuals from Polish to English, creating and carrying out English lessons for visiting groups of Polish children as well as meeting and talking to the many visitors from around the world.

Chloe Weinstock - People Search PhotoChloe, a sophomore interested in marine biology, will be spending her summer in New Zealand, where she will do research at NIWA – the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. As a research intern she will be processing images of the deep-sea floor, identifying the fauna visible in those images, and characterizing their habitat. After analyzing the data, she will contribute to the writing of a report of the study. Her hope is to discover yet another unknown species and develop strong relationships with scientists at NIWA. At this point, she hopes to move to New Zealand and pursue a Masters in marine biology.

We are excited for these five young women and are looking forward to the experiences they will gain this summer, and the stories they will share with us when they come back.




Spring Intern Evan Heberlein ’16 writes about his experiences at the Sustainable Living Center

Even Heberlein_Logo Smart Business Parter_Sustainable Living CenterThis academic year I have been working with the $mart Business Partner program to help businesses in Walla Walla improve their sustainable business practices. This program is a free service of the Sustainable Living Center, a local grassroots nonprofit with several programs including energy audits for homes and office buildings. The $mart Business Partner program works with a wide variety of businesses in Walla Walla including restaurants, construction companies, municipal agencies, and even Whitman and Bon Appétit. Each year we set new goals with our partner businesses in four categories: waste reduction, water use reduction, energy reduction, and materials purchasing reduction. We help our partners meet these goals in a variety of ways, usually through tracking their utilities or advising their purchasing and service contracting. The program also includes an element of publicity, as all members receive storefront decals and are included in the list of member businesses.

Even Heberlein_Sustainable Living CenterAdditionally, the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce presents the annual $mart Business Partner award to the large and small businesses which achieve the greatest reductions over the course of the year. (Evan, to the left, presented the award to one of the businesses here in town).


Last semester most of my work was focused on working with businesses that were already a part of the program from the previous year. I would go to partner meetings with my internship supervisor, Sandra Cannon, and I quickly learned the ins and outs of goal setting and following up with businesses. It took most of fall semester to meet with all of the businesses who remained in the program from the previous year, and this spring my primary focus has shifted to recruiting new businesses to become $mart Business Partners. This process has been surprisingly difficult, and it often takes several months to get in touch with a business’ owner just to see if they are interested in meeting with me. As evidenced by the difficulty in just getting in touch with these owners, often they are too busy to participate in the program at all. This difficult experience has greatly improved my networking experience, and has also opened my eyes to the daily challenges of being a small business owner. I have also been attending the meetings with businesses on my own this semester, which has required quick thinking and strategic prior planning without Sandra’s encyclopedic knowledge of energy reduction strategies to back me up.

I am extremely grateful to the Student Engagement Center for giving me the opportunity to continue this internship through the entire academic year. In addition to the professional growth I have undergone during these two semesters, I have gained a new-found understanding and appreciation for the Walla Walla community, and I am certain this experience will positively impact my career aspirations.

Portland Spring Break Service Trip Mid-Week Check In!

Two of our Spring Break Service Trips are already in full swing! Here’s a quick update from the Portland group. Check back at the end of break for a more detailed account of their service and learning activities!

“The Portland Urban Education SBST group gathers in the courtyard of West Powellhurst Elementary, where participants just finished making some compost boxes and edging the central grass area. The garden is used in after school programs to teach students about organic gardening and different cooking methods with locally grown vegetables.”