2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

Mission: Help business in the Walla Walla Valley be more successful.

Project: Research and develop an effective “shop local” program for the Walla Walla Valley to encourage residents and visitors to spend their money with locally owned businesses in support of the local economy. This may include the development of a web presence, marketing materials, and support materials to help improve participation.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Business Development Intern

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week:  6-7 hours per week; schedule TBD with Fellow. Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Brian Duvall C: (509) 629-4118  E: bduvall@wwvchamber.com

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Conduct research, analyze the findings, point out trends, commonalities, strengths & weaknesses
  • Compare findings to our own community to verify an appropriate match
  • Learn how to write up a proposed plan with deadlines and budgets
  • Develop a marketing plan and web presence
  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Improve presentation skills

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of WordPress or other blogging platform & social media
  • Experience with web research
  • Ability to write well
  • Friendly, outgoing personality, comfortable meeting business owners.
  • Experience with MS Office


  • Research other “shop local” programs to see what other communities have done and what works
  • Summarize your research findings, point out trends, strengths & weaknesses
  • Get familiar with our local business community so you can write up a list of recommendations
  • Work with the staff to develop a plan, timeline, budget and marketing materials
  • Work with staff to create the needed web pages, content, graphics, marketing materials and outreach


  • Professionalism –be well behaved, warm, friendly and courteous, dress appropriately (business casual)
  • Ability to speak and write reasonably well
  • Reliability – must be able to get places on time, meet deadlines and manage commitments consistently
  • Creativity – be involved in developing the plan and marketing materials, website, etc. for the project
  • Confidence – we will help you get comfortable with speaking up in meetings, presenting your findings, etc.

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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