Whitman Community Fellow Program 2013-2014

13-14-Community-FellowsThis initiative is possible thanks to very generous support from the Sherwood Trust.


2013 Program Description

A rewarding opportunity to “think global, act local”.

The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative is an opportunity for a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at one of a number of prominent organizations in Walla Walla, to help address some of the area’s most pressing social, economic and cultural challenges.

As part of the year-long program, Community Fellows will receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance and the opportunity to meet successful, high-level leaders in Walla Walla. Fellows also will receive broad exposure to local organizations in addition to the one where they are working. Finally, they will have the chance to learn about important issues in southeastern Washington, gaining experience and understanding that can be valuable to their professional and academic pursuits.

Information Session

The SEC will hold an information session on Wednesday September 4th 2013 at 5:00pm in Reid G02. It will be attended by representatives from the organizations to describe the Fellow positions and answer any questions. Keep in mind that interested students should begin developing their applications as soon as possible – the info session will complement this process.

Program Details

Fellows will:

  • Host the other program participants at their organization and give a short presentation of their work and their organization’s role in Walla Walla.
  • Attend special workshops on topics including leadership, mentoring, career development and other important professional growth considerations.

Selected Fellows will need to do the following:

  1. Attend an orientation held by the SEC. This is a mandatory orientation on September 16th at 4pm, and students will not be able to serve as a fellow if they are not at this session.
  2. Check in with the Whitman College Business Office.
  3. Check with Financial Aid to determine whether compensation received for the fellowship will impact their financial aid.

2013 – 2014 Fellow Programs

  • United Way
  • Blue Mountain Action Council Legal Aid
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Blue Mountain Action Council & Walla Walla Community College
  • Blue Mountain Land Trust
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Whitman Mission – National Park Service
  • Walla Walla Symphony
  • Children’s Resilience Initiative
  • Walla Walla Court Services (Juvenile Justice Center)
  • SonBridge Dental
  • Community Council
  • Helpline
  • Walla Walla County Health

How to Apply

Juniors and Seniors interested in applying for a fellowship will apply directly to the organization where they would like to work. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis – so get started! Students are encouraged to get in contact with participating organizations to learn more about the position and application process.

Staff at the organization will receive and review resumes, interview candidates, and select their candidate. Once notified, Whitman will extend the fellowship invitation to the top candidates.

Start date: Mandatory orientation will be held Monday September 16th at 4pm. Work at respective organizations will begin following orientation.

End date: Whitman classes for the academic year ’13 – ’14 end May 13th and it is expected that fellows will conclude their projects a week or two before that.


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