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.
The SEC will hold an information session on Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 4:00pm in the basement of Reid (coffee house). 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.
- 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.
- Work at their organization for up to 200 hours over the course of two semesters and receive payment.
Selected Fellows will need to do the following:
- Attend an orientation held by the SEC. This is a mandatory orientation on September 15th at 4:oopm, and students will not be able to serve as a fellow if they are not at this session.
- Check in with the Whitman College Business Office.
- Check with Financial Aid to determine whether compensation received for the fellowship will impact their financial aid.
2014 – 2015 Fellow Organizations
- Blue Mountain Action Council Pro Bono Legal Aid Program
- Community Council
- Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
- Downtown Walla Walla Foundation
- The Port of Columbia
- The Health Center
- Walla Walla Symphony
- The Successful Transition and Reentry (STAR) Project
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! The final deadline for applications is September 8th by noon. 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 15th starting at 4:00pm in Reid 110 for students. Community partners will join the group of Fellow students at 4:30 in Reid Ballroom. Work at respective organizations will begin following orientation.
End date: Whitman classes for the academic year ’14 – ’15 end mid May and it is expected that fellows will conclude their projects a week or two before that.