2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Apply Now!

A rewarding – and paid! – 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.

Fellows Fair – Information Session

The SEC will hold an information session on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Reid Coffee House (basement of Reid). 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.

How to Apply

Juniors and seniors (who are eligible to work in the U.S.) 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 10th (see organization’s job descriptions on Handshake and SEC Blog for more detail). Students are encouraged to get in contact with participating organizations to learn more about the position. Application process begins on August 14th.

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

Start date: Mandatory orientation is on Tuesday, September 19th, 4:00 pm in Sherwood House (president’s house). Community partners will join the group of Fellow students at this event. Work at respective organizations begins following orientation.

End date: Whitman classes for the 2017-2018 academic year end in mid-May; it is expected that fellows will conclude their projects at the same time.

Program Details

Fellows will:

  • Work at their organization for 150-160 hours over the course of two semesters (2017-18 academic year) and receive payment ($13/h).
  • Attend 20 paid bi-weekly meetings and workshops on topics including leadership, mentoring, career development and other important professional growth considerations.
  • Host the other program participants at their organization and give a short presentation of their work and their organization’s role in Walla Walla.

Selected Fellows will need to do the following:

  1. Attend an orientation held by the SEC. This is a mandatory orientation on Tuesday, September 19th at 4:00 pm in Sherwood House. 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 and Human Resources.
  3. Check with the Financial Aid Office to determine whether compensation received for the fellowship will impact their financial aid.

2017 – 2018 Community Fellow Program Partner Organizations

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
Blue Mountain Land Trust
Children’s Home Society of Washington, WW
Fort Walla Walla Museum
Kooskooskie Commons
Sustainable Living Center
Valley Residential Services
Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
WW County Dept. of Community Health
Walla Walla Symphony
Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

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